Full of vivid imagery and vocals steeped in saving grace, not sorrow, the deeply-personal track is all about looking forward to a heavenly reunion — and the happiness that will come with it. Pearce co-wrote the track with Emily Shackelton and Ben West, and it’s dedicated not just to a frequent co-worker, but a dearly-missed friend. Busbee died unexpectedly in September of 2019, just a few months after he was diagnosed with the form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, and the track’s vocals show some of what made him special to those who loved him.
“I bet you’re up there right now / Making plans and writing out / All your favorite places / That you just can’t wait to take us / And we’ll get to spend forever talking ‘bout whatever / When I get there, promise you’ll track me down / And show me around,” goes the hopeful track’s chorus.
Pearce and busbee had been working together for years at the time of his passing, and he was also instrumental in the success of artists like Maren Morris and more. He produced all of Pearce’s early work — including her breakout Number One, “Every Little Thing,” and her recently-notched second chart topper, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” (with Lee Brice) — and Pearce shared some of the pains she still feels in his absence.
“As my mentor and friend, busbee helped me share the parts of my own life that I could only explain through music,” she wrote. “He holds such a sweet place in my heart, and I truly hope ‘Show Me Around’ brings comfort to his wife Jess and their three little girls. At his funeral, a songwriter that all of us in Nashville love named Barry Dean gave a speech that painted the most beautiful picture of Heaven. There is no way to ease the pain of losing someone you love, this felt like a really hopeful way to look at our loved ones meeting us again one day and showing us around,”
Carly Pearce debuted “Show Me Around” onstage at the Grand Ole Opry in June, and she’s also released the romantic warning “Next Girl,” as her current radio single. It marks the first track she’s put out that wasn’t produced by her late friend.