Nights at the Indigo
The songs on this record were written in a period of my life when I was dating, falling in love with, and deciding to marry Katy Robbins! I wrote a lot of songs in this period, but these were my favorites. I was playing a writer's night in Nashville quite often at the time at The Hotel Indigo, which is where the album title comes from. Each of the songs have their own story... 'Her Fire Works' was a title that I wanted to write about Katy. She was actually born on the 4th of July, and she is definitely a firecracker. My firecracker. Katy lives in Manhattan and Nashville. So right now we only get to see each other maybe one week each month, IF that. 'Home Isn't Built In a Day' is a tribute to that lifestyle. It is a rationalization, a plead to a lover, to stick to the game plan. We obviously love each other. We want to be together, but in me and Katy's case, it is going to take time to bring our lives together. Rome wasn't built in a day, neither is a home. Thanks to cowriter Paul Sikes for saying yes to this idea and writing it with me. 'That's What You Do To Me' is an example of the type of melodically-driven songs I can write. I had the melody for YEARS, and Mark Stephen Jones helped me fill in the blanks lyrically. Mark, thank you for getting sappy with me (lyrically, that is). 'She's a River Wild' was written with my bro Andy, and friend Dan Keen. I've noticed that some of the wildest people out there are responding to heartache. I've done it myself. This song is about a girl I knew who once was in that spot. 'Call Me Lucky' is a very sarcastic, ultimately angry song. I think sometimes the last thing you really need when you've got an aching heart is for somebody to tell you it's all going to be okay...to be thankful for all you have... 'It Ain't Hollywood' was written in response to my own personal desire to drive an expensive car, to have a big house, to have a million dollars. Sometimes I do forget to take pleasure in the small stuff. Thanks to Christian for writing such a great song with me. This song is special. 'On My Arm' was a song that came out one morning, right when Katy and I first started dating. I love to be around her. I always have. I love to be alone with her, and I love to go places with her by my side. 'Where Is The Bottom' is about being in the dreggs of heartache. Sometimes they can last years. I imagine they can last a lifetime too. Thanks to Ryan Beuschel for the great song. He definitely carried this one. Great idea buddy, great title. 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' was written with my bro, Andy and Mark Stephen Jones. It was a melody I had and we filled in the blanks. This is a fun song, very youthful. 'Goin' All The Way' was written with my friend Christian Rada. In my head at the time, the song was about how my bro and his girlfriend seemed to really be devoted to their relationship. In time, the meaning transferred to my own relationsip with my girl. 'Hit a Home Run' is so special to me on many levels. I played baseball growing up, I wrote this with my bro and Christian Rada, it has a great story. I think this may be one of my top 3 favorite songs on the record. I am going to hit a home run someday. I've done it before, and I'll do it again. 'Trophy Wife' was inspired by a story I read about some jerk who left his wife for some pretty young thing. His new relationship only lasted until the thrill was gone. His original wife was smart enough to figure out that there was nothing wrong with her in the first place and she moved on to be a healthy person, etc. When pretty young thing left, he was alone and very unhappy. Christian and I wrote this song, not about this guy, but the opposite of this guy. We wrote it about the guy who knows what he has, and how good he has it. 'Until We Kiss Again' was written by my bro, myself, and hitmaker Don Schlitz. Andy had the title, and we went from there. Writing with Don was a great learning experience and I use a lot of what he taught me every time I write a song. For Katy and me, this song hits home....'until your lips are tasting mine, I'm only gonna be wasting time until we kiss again.' 'Gotta Get Me One Of You.' My bro and I wrote this with Ryan Michaels, a dear friend and cowriter. It's been cut a couple times now, and one of the guys who cut it, Australian artist Rob Black, said it best: 'This song is the ultimate pickup line.' 'Rockit to the Moon' was written with my bro and A.J. Masters. It is a cutesty, clever little 'cheeseburger' of a song. I love little ditties like this. I hope you enjoy these songs too.