Just a couple blue collar boys who were raised on Razorback red.
Heath Sanders tapped into his southern rock roots – and his Arkansas upbringing – for his brand new single, “Raised On Red.”
And it’s only fitting that he brought in his friend and fellow Arkansan, Justin Moore, to help him out.
Written by Heath along with Dawson Edwards and Houston Phillips, “Raised On Red” pays tribute to all the “red” in his blue collar raisin’, from the red in the sky during a sunrise to the red clay stains on his boots, and of course the red, white and blue.
“The state of Arkansas, the thing’s just painted red. From the Razorbacks to the flag to all of it, red’s pretty synonymous with Arkansas.”
But the song’s not just for folks from Arkansas – it’s for all the “rednecks” who get a little sunburnt on the back of their necks after working outside all day, or who grew up chewing Red Man with their papaw. Because some people may use “redneck” as an insult, but for a former oil rig worker turned country star like Heath, being a redneck is a badge of honor:
“It’s a term of endearment where we come from. I was pretty shocked to find out in my older age that it was used as an insult in some places. I call my buddies rednecks, that’s a pat on the back.
It’s synonymous with hard work and self-sufficiency and everything that makes us who we are.”
And Justin said that as soon as he heard the song, he knew he wanted to be a part of it:
“I don’t know if I even made it to the chorus, I certainly didn’t make it all the way through the chorus, before I was like ‘Oh yeah, I’m in, let’s do it.'”
So if you’re like Heath and Justin, and proud to be one of those hardworking, blue-collar rednecks, this one’s going to get you fired up and ready to run through a brick wall.