Bradley Gaskin Tells Story Behind “Mr. Bartender”

Bradley Gaskin Tells Story Behind “Mr. Bartender”

We first introduced you to Bradley Gaskin last month. As you may recall, his debut single “Mr. Bartender” was rushed to country radio due to overwhelming demand from the industry after his Sony “Boat Show” performance during Country Radio Seminar.

Gaskin, who wrote “Mr. Bartender” in 2005, recently told CountryMusicIsLove the story of how the tune came about…

“I had come in from hanging sheet rock with my dad, he says. “[We] walked in the house, and my grandmother lived just through the yard, and [my dad] said, ‘Bradley, do you wanna go see your grandmother today?’ I said, ‘well, I'll go see her after a while. I'm gonna sit right here and strum this guitar and write me a country song.'”

“My dad kinda looked at me like I was crazy and walked out of the house. I sat down and strummed the guitar and the opening line was Mr. Bartender.”

Gaskin says he wanted to write a traditional country song…and that’s exactly what he did.

“I wanted to write something that I missed hearing on the radio or I wanted to write something that I grew up with listening to as a kid,” he tells us. “I was able to write that song very quickly. My dad was gone for about 20 minutes and when he came back in I played it for him and I said, ‘Dad what do you think?’ And he said, ‘did George Jones or Merle Haggard do that song- which one of those guys?’

“I knew by that reaction that I probably wrote exactly what I set out to do,” Gaskin recalls.

Stay tuned to CountryMusicIsLove for more on Bradley. In the meantime, you can keep up with him on Facebook.

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