Fishin’ and country music have always been a dynamite combination. Separately, they are good, but together they are explosive! Not only do country music’s brightest performers like to spend time on the water chasing bass, crappie, and catfish, they also like to sing about their favorite pastime.
Outdoor Music’s (www.outdoormusicseries.com) first Outdoor Music Series CD, GONE FISHIN’, is a collection of fishing songs by some of country music’s finest artists and Nashville’s hit songwriters. The CD features fun-filled fishing songs by top country music artists like Darryl Worley (“Tennessee River Run”), Tracy Byrd (“Pass It On”), Brad Paisley (“Sleepin’ On The Foldout”), and Pam Tillis (“Betty’s Got A Bass Boat”).
A special feature track on the CD is “The Fishin’ Hole”, better known to millions of television viewers as the theme to The Andy Griffith Show. Recorded by Worley and his fishing buddy Wynn Varble, the song will have listeners whistling and singing along with Worley as he belts out the lyrics to the hit TV theme song …lyrics few knew existed until now.
“When I’m not on the road or in the recording studio, there’s no place I’d rather be than relaxing in my favorite fishing hole,” said Worley. “GONE FISHIN’ has so many great ‘kick back’ songs that it’s perfect for those looking to chill out in the great outdoors. I’m happy to be a part of it.”
This new CD, the brainchild of Jason Houser, Michael Martin and Michael Hagerty of Extreme Writers Group, also features songs by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Fishin’ In the Dark”), Marty Stuart (“If There Ain’t There Ought’ A Be”), Rodney Clawson (“The Bass Tournament Song”), and Brad Cotter (“Tyin’ Flies and Tellin” Lies).
Hagerty says they plan to offer more outdoor-themed music from country music artists later this year. And, like GONE FISHIN’, those CDs will be jumping off the shelves like largemouth bass after a school of gizzard shad during a feeding frenzy.
GONE FISHIN’ is available exclusively through Bass Pro Shop’s retail stores and via their web site – www.basspro.com. Just type in GONE FISHIN in their key word search and you can order it via the Internet.
Having discussed fishing subjects and experienced fishing with many country music writers and performers over the years as a fishing guide, this new CD seems a natural, but needed product. It allows these artists to utilize their talents to express their love for fishing and the great outdoors in a package that can be enjoyed by all like-minded outdoors lovers. So, I hope that I’ll be receiving mine soon!