Amarillo Sky (song)

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"Amarillo Sky"
Single by Jason Aldean
from the album Jason Aldean
Released June 26, 2006
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Broken Bow
Writer(s) Big Kenny
Rodney Clawson
John Rich
Bart Pursley
Producer(s) Michael Knox
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"Why"
(2005)
"Amarillo Sky"
(2006)
"Johnny Cash"
(2007)

"Amarillo Sky" is the title of a country music song written by Big Kenny and John Rich (of Big & Rich), along with Rodney Clawson and Bart Pursley. It was originally recorded by the band McBride & the Ride and released as a single in 2002 from their album Amarillo Sky. Country music star Jason Aldean later covered the song for his 2005 self-titled debut album, and his version was released as a single in June 2006. The single earned Aldean two nominations at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards for Video of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as video with the best direction at the CMT Music Awards.

Content[edit]

The song tells the story of a farmer who works on his family's farm near Amarillo, Texas, where the song's co-writer John Rich is from. The farmer is enduring one of the droughts that plague the Panhandle of Texas, which is where co-writer Rodney Clawson is from (he's a native of Gruver, Texas). The song mentions the various hardships that the farm has faced, such as a damaging hailstorm and an increase in the price of diesel fuel. In the chorus, the farmer prays to God that the farm will remain viable ("I never complain, I never ask why / Please don't let my dreams run dry / Underneath, underneath this Amarillo sky").

Music video (Jason Aldean)[edit]

The music video was directed by Wes Edwards. It features Jason Aldean and his band playing the song under an old, torn-up barn. It shows young farmers from central Illinois who help take care of their farm. At the beginning of the video (which was cut from the video at times), the young farmers tell their stories of how they grew up on their farms, and how much their farms meant to them. The video premiered on CMT's Top 20 Countdown on the week of 17 August 2006.

Chart performance (Jason Aldean)[edit]

"Amarillo Sky" debuted at #52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of July 15, 2006.

Chart (2006–2007) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 59
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 52

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "Best of 2007: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2007. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Jason Aldean – Amarillo Sky". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH