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Chris Young ‘Did Something Really Stupid’ While Hearing Himself on the Radio for the First Time

Chris Young 2016 CMA Music Festival
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In 2009, Chris Young hit No. 1 for the first time, with “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” but the first single the 2006 Nashville Star winner released was “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” a tune that peaked at No. 42 on the country charts.

So, where was the Tennessee native the first time he heard his song on the radio? Below, Young remembers.

I was coming off the road, driving back to my house in Murfreesboro, Tenn. I got really excited and did something really stupid: I pulled over, and … I actually took a video of [the song details] scrolling across my [display] on my radio, because it scrolls and puts names up there. And it scrolled my name and the title, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” and what day it was!

This story was originally written by Pat Gallagher, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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