Celebrating the larger-than-life characters that fill little towns everywhere, the new track arrives as an uptempo country rocker with proud vocals and homegrown guitar riffs. But this song means more to each artist than just another single. It’s an autobiographical anthem name checking the Tennessee counties where each grew up — Rutherford for Young and Hamilton for Brown — showing that no matter how famous they get, it’s the people back home who leave them star struck.
“I’ve got some famous friends you’ve probably never heard of / But back in Rutherford County our crowd is second to none / You might not know ‘em here in this big city we’re in / But when I go back home I’ve got some famous friends,” goes the feel-good anthem.
“This song is a piece of me, and it means a lot because it’s honest and it’s real-life,” Young says. “Plus, Kane and I are good friends and being able to have that history together, it adds a whole other level to the track. ‘Famous Friends’ is one of my favorite songs – it’s personal and it’s a lot of fun, so I’m glad it’s getting out there for people to hear it.”
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Young co-wrote “Famous Friends” with Cary Barlowe and Corey Crowder in 2018, penning it from the road while he and Brown were actually touring together. Brown teased fans with a snippit of the track back in May, and earlier this week, the collaborators talked about the new song on Young’s podcast, The Quad.
The song marks Chris Young and Kane Brown’s first collaboration since working together on Brown’s “Setting the Night On Fire” in 2017. It follows Young’s crestfallen “Drowning” from last year.