Where I'm From

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"Where I'm From"
Single by Jason Michael Carroll
from the album Growing Up Is Getting Old
Released November 10, 2008
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 4:35
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Patrick Davis
Joe Leathers
Producer(s) Don Gehman
Jason Michael Carroll singles chronology
"I Can Sleep When I'm Dead"
"Where I'm From"
"Hurry Home"

"Where I'm From" is the title of a song written by Patrick Davis and Joe Leathers, and recorded by American country music singer Jason Michael Carroll. It was released in November 2008 as the lead-off single from his album Growing Up Is Getting Old, released on April 28, 2009. The song is Carroll's fourth Top 40 hit on the country charts.


"Where I'm From" is a mid-tempo with fiddle and acoustic guitar flourishes. In the first verse, the narrator is on a flight to Los Angeles, with a ticket upgrade. A businessman next to him notices the narrator's clothing, and through conversation, the narrator tells the businessman about the rural lifestyle in the town where he was raised.

In the second verse, the narrator and the businessman continue their conversation. The narrator explains that his older brother is sick with cancer and has asked to be brought home to his family and friends. In the third and final verse, the businessman promises to pray for the narrator's brother, and the businessman reveals that he, too, had a rural upbringing.


Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a mixed review.[1] He described the song as "all too Disney for him." He also said that the song is "not a bad song; it's just not a great one."[1]

CM Wilcox, of The 9513 gave the song a "thumbs down" review.[2] He stated in his review that "the chorus treads the same ground as Alan Jackson's 'Where I Come From' and any number of other songs, while the verses concoct a storyline that is not only cliché, but also improbable and unfocused to the point of distraction–ultimately sinking any possibility of success."[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Where I'm From" debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart dated December 6, 2008.

Chart (2008-2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 11
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 64

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 59


  1. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt. "Jason Michael Carroll - "Where I'm From" Single Review". Roughstock. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b Wilcox, CM (2008-11-06). "Jason Michael Carroll - "Where I'm From"". The 9513. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  3. ^ "Jason Michael Carroll Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jason Michael Carroll.
  4. ^ "Jason Michael Carroll Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jason Michael Carroll.
  5. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.