Building Bridges (song)

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"Building Bridges"
Single by Larry Willoughby
from the album Building Bridges
Released 1984
Genre Country
Length 3:32
Label Atlantic America
Writer(s) Hank DeVito, Larry Willoughby
Producer(s) Rodney Crowell
Larry Willoughby singles chronology
"Heart on the Line (Operator, Operator)"
(1983)
"Building Bridges"
(1984)
"Angel Eyes"
(1984)

"Building Bridges" is a song written and originally recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Larry Willoughby, co-written with Hank DeVito. Willoughby's version peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1984.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 55

Nicolette Larson version[edit]

"Building Bridges"
Single by Nicolette Larson
from the album …Say When
Released 1985
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 3:48
Label MCA Records
Writer(s) Hank DeVito, Larry Willoughby
Producer(s) Tony Brown, Emory Gordy, Jr.
Nicolette Larson singles chronology
"When You Get a Little Lonely"
(1985)
"Building Bridges"
(1985)
"Let Me Be the First"
(1986)

A year later, Nicolette Larson - the ex-wife of Hank DeVito - recorded the song on her album …Say When. Her version went to #72 on the same chart.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 72


Brooks & Dunn/Sheryl Crow/Vince Gill version[edit]

"Building Bridges"
Single by Brooks & Dunn featuring Sheryl Crow & Vince Gill
from the album Hillbilly Deluxe
Released June 5, 2006
Genre Country
Length 4:23 (album version)
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Hank DeVito
Larry Willoughby
Producer(s) Kix Brooks
Tony Brown
Ronnie Dunn
Brooks & Dunn singles chronology
"Believe"
(2005)
"Building Bridges"
(2006)
"Hillbilly Deluxe"
(2006)
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"Always on Your Side"
(2006)
"Building Bridges"
(2006)
"Real Gone"
(2006)
Vince Gill singles chronology
"The Reason Why"
(2006)
"Building Bridges"
(2006)
"What You Give Away"
(2007)

"Building Bridges" was covered by country music duo Brooks & Dunn and released as the third single released from their 2005 album Hillbilly Deluxe.[3] It features Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill on background vocals. The song peaked at number four on the country music charts.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard described the single favorably, saying that Dunn's "lead vocal is as compelling as always." She also thought that Gill's and Crow's voices made the song "distinctive".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video takes place in the desert with the band and the duo singing in front of big screens at dusk. The music video was directed by Shaun Silva.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 66

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 29

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