As She's Walking Away

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"As She's Walking Away"
Single by Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson
from the album You Get What You Give and 34 Number Ones
Released August 23, 2010 (2010-08-23)
Format Music download
Recorded 2010
Genre Country
Length 3:44
Label Atlantic
Southern Ground
Writer(s) Zac Brown
Wyatt Durrette
Producer(s) Keith Stegall[1]
Zac Brown Band chronology
"Free"
(2010)
"As She's Walking Away"
(2010)
"Colder Weather"
(2010)
Alan Jackson chronology
"Hard Hat and a Hammer"
(2010)
"As She's Walking Away"
(2010)
"Ring of Fire"
(2010)

"As She's Walking Away" is a song performed by the Zac Brown Band, an American country music band. It features guest vocals from veteran country singer Alan Jackson. The song is the sixth single release by the band, and the first from its album You Get What You Give. It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals at the 53rd Grammy Awards, and is the second Grammy for both the band and Jackson overall.

Release history[edit]

The song is the first release from the band's album You Get What You Give, which was released on September 21.[1] John Driskell Hopkins, who plays bass guitar in the band, suggested that Jackson be included as a duet partner on it, because he thought that "it would get a great, different kind of fan base for us."[1] Both Zac Brown Band and Jackson are produced by Keith Stegall.[1] On August 24, 2010, an exclusive CD single was released at Target featuring "As She's Walking Away" along with the studio version of "Colder Weather" for the first time.

Background and writing[edit]

Co-writer Wyatt Durrette told The Boot that the idea came when he and Zac went to a bar in Orlando, Florida to watch a UFC fight. Durrette said that while they were watching the fight a guy and a girl walked in and all night she stared at him. Durrette said that she was "a beautiful girl, but she had her boyfriend with her, so I obviously wasn't going to say or do anything. We kind of spoke all night from across the room, but didn't say anything to each other." Durrette said that Zac had the idea of bringing the wise man into it and turning it into the older man at the bar who's a much wiser man, giving you advice.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received critical acclaim. C.M. Wilcox of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs-up, praising the song's "driving, organic arrangement" as well as the interplay between Brown and Jackson.[3] On the AOL Radio Blog, Amar Toor also described Brown's and Jackson's vocals favorably.[4] A positive review also came from Michael Menachem of Billboard, who said that the song had a "heartwarming" sound.[5]

Music video[edit]

Darren Doane directed the song's music video.[6] The inside scenes of the bar were filmed in Dixie Tavern in Marietta, Georgia. The outside scenes of the bar were filmed at The Trap located at 2822 East Avenue I, Lancaster, California.

Chart performance[edit]

In the week of its release, "As She's Walking Away" debuted at number 32 on the Hot Country Songs charts,[7] as well as number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100. It later debuted at 81 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of October 9, 2010.[8] On the country chart dated November 20, 2010, "As She's Walking Away" reached Number One, becoming the Zac Brown Band's fourth consecutive Number One single (and their fifth overall), and Jackson's twenty-sixth.

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 32
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 49

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 46
Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 76
Preceded by
"Come Back Song"
by Darius Rucker
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

November 20 – 27, 2010
Succeeded by
"Anything Like Me"
by Brad Paisley

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Tom Roland (August 12, 2010). "With Zac Brown Band 'You Get' Alan Jackson". Great American Country. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (September 28, 2010). "Zac Brown Band, 'AS She's Walking Away' – Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ C.M. Wilcox (August 17, 2010). "Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson — "As She's Walking Away"". The 9513. Archived from the original on August 21, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  4. ^ Amar Toor (August 10, 2010). "Zac Brown Band, 'As She's Walking Away' Feat. Alan Jackson – New Song". AOL Radio. Archived from the original on August 18, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  5. ^ Menachem, Michael (September 10, 2010). "Zac Brown Band Featuring Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  6. ^ ""As She's Walking Away" video". CMT. Archived from the original on September 13, 2010. Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Chart Highlights: Country, Dance/Club Play Songs & More". Billboard. August 16, 2010. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  8. ^ Gary Trust (August 19, 2010). "Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100 For Fifth Week". Billboard. Archived from the original on August 22, 2010. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Illegal name entered Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson/Zac+Brown+Band+with+Alan+Jackson/chart?f=357 Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
  10. ^ "Illegal name entered Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson/Zac+Brown+Band+with+Alan+Jackson/chart?f=379 Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
  11. ^ "Illegal name entered Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson/Zac+Brown+Band+with+Alan+Jackson/chart?f=793 Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson.
  12. ^ "Best of 2010: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.