Ernest Brings Western Swing To Late Night TV With Performance Of “Why Dallas” On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

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Western swing on late night TV.

That’s something I don’t think I would’ve ever been able to say five years ago, but I’m certainly not complaining…

Ernest took his talents to late night TV yesterday, where he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform a new song “Why Dallas,” from his recent Nashville, Tennessee album, which features Lukas Nelson. And while he wasn’t in attendance on the show, Ernest did give him a shoutout during his part of the song.

Written by Ernest and Lukas along with Chandler Walters, Grady Block and Jordan Merrigan, “Why Dallas” has a lot of west Texas flair, full of fiddle and steel guitar, with a great melody and solid lyrics that find the narrator wondering why his girl left Nashville, Tennessee for Dallas, Texas.

It’s easy to tell the two vocalists were writers too because of the Nashville/Dallas theme, seeing as Lukas is the son of the iconic Texan himself Willie Nelson, and Ernest is a Nashville native. I love to here those influences woven into the lyrics in such a unique way:

“I’m wondering why Dallas did you take her from me,
Everything was fine out here in Nashville, Tennessee,
We went from chasing Amarillo,
Now I’m chasing memories,
I’m wondering why did you take her from me”

As a whole, it’s definitely reminiscent of 80’s George Strait in terms of the production, and I can’t get over how cool it is to hear a song that is this country on national television.

Honestly, when was the last time that happened? You love to see it…

Do yourself a favor and check it out:

“Why Dallas”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock