Zach Bryan Says “Something In The Orange” Wasn’t About Some “Deep, Dark Thing”: “Just Me In A Cabin In Wisconsin”

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Zach Bryan’s “Something in the Orange” ultimately became his first charting single at country radio.

And while it’s expected to become recurrent soon, if not this week (essentially meaning it’s no longer climbing the charts weekly at radio), with a peak at #23 on the Mediabase chart and #20 on the mainstream Billboard Top 40 chart, it has far exceeded anyone’s expectations as there was no initial first push to even get it on the radio.

Mediabase is one of two charts labels use to officially track their songs performance, along with the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart, and his song started charting organically at stations across the country because it became such a fast fan-favorite.

Of course, it was included on his massive major label debut studio album, the 34-song American Heartbreak album last year, and was also certified 4x Platinum in June.

And while the beautiful songwriting and meaningful lyrics on the Zach solo-write immediately caught my attention when he first teased it late in 2021, Zach said in an interview with Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen a while back that there’s not really any deep meaning behind it.

He added that so many people think it was over some “deep, dark thing” that maybe happened in his personal life, but he really just got the idea randomly while staying at a cabin in Wisconsin:

“‘Something In the Orange’ was a weird song because everyone thinks it was over some deep, dark thing. And it was just me in a cabin in Wisconsin.

And I was like, I thought about the word orange, and I was watching the sunset, and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a cool story to tell in a song,’ you know?”

There ya have it, folks…

Of course, regardless of the story behind it or how it came to be, the single (along with the aforementioned album) has certainly pushed Zach into the forefront of mainstream country, whether he loves it or not, and he even took home his first major award this year when he won the ACM trophy for New Male Artist of the Year in May.

And if you’re as excited for new Zach Bryan music as I am, you’re in luck, because he recently start teasing that new music is on the way soon, saying on Twitter a few days ago that the album is officially done and he self-produced it for the first time, which will add a neat layer to the listening experience for sure.

There’s no set in stone release date or anything that detailed quite yet, but hopefully we’ll get some sort of project at some point this year.

And if you want to learn a little more about it, you can check out the video of yours truly below and head to our TikTok page for tons more like it:

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“Something in the Orange”

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