Amarillo Sky (song)

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"Amarillo Sky"
Jason Aldean - Amarillo Sky.jpg
Single by Jason Aldean
from the album Jason Aldean
Released June 26, 2006
Format Digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Broken Bow
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Michael Knox
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"Why"
(2005)
"Amarillo Sky"
(2006)
"Johnny Cash"
(2007)
"Why"
(2005)
"Amarillo Sky"
(2006)
"Johnny Cash"
(2007)

"Amarillo Sky" is a song written by Big Kenny and John Rich (of Big & Rich), along with Rodney Clawson and Bart Pursley. It was originally recorded by Rich for his album Rescue Me in 2001. McBride & the Ride also recorded a version and released it as a single in 2002 from their album of the same name. Country music artist Jason Aldean later covered the song for his 2005 self-titled debut album, and his version was released as its third single in June 2006. It 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, where co-writer Rodney Clawson is from (as a native of Gruver, Texas). The song mentions the various hardships that the farm has faced, such as a damaging hailstorm in 1983 and an increase in the price of diesel fuel. In the chorus, the farmer prays to God that the farm will remain viable ("He says 'Lord, 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 number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for the week of July 15, 2006.

Chart (2006–07) 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 Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  2. ^ "Jason Aldean Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard. 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