FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 14, 2015
ROBBY JOHNSON SEEKS LOVE FOR “HATE ME TONIGHT”
Single From Upcoming Don’t Look Back Album Lands Oct. 29
(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Country singer-songwriter and independent music sensation Robby Johnson will release his single “Hate Me Tonight” to radio and digital retailers October 29. The single has already ranked in the Top 5 of PlayMPE’s Country format chart and arrives in advance of his debut album Don’t Look Back, which streets January 12. For fans that pre-order the album, which begin on October 30, the single and four other tracks – “1, 2, 3, 4,” “Shady,” “Together,” and “I Ain’t The Guy” – will be instantly available for download.
The song (written by Jason Massey, Ryan Griffin and Mark Carson) finds its protagonist urging his love to join him in facing their problems:
You know I ain’t one to pick a fight
And the last thing I want to do is see you crying
But if we go round and round pretending like everything’s alright
We’re gonna wake up in an empty bed replaying what we should have said
Reliving ways that we could have saved it
“The first time we played ‘Hate Me Tonight’ in the mixing room after it was done, everyone on the team looked at each other, paused, and then they all said ‘That’s your single!'” Robby recalls.
“Hate Me Tonight” joins 12 other tracks on Don’t Look Back, produced by James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Shelby Lynne, Chris Young) and recorded by Julian King (Reba, Clint Black, McGraw). Among the highlights is “I Ain’t The Guy,” a track co-written by Johnson with Kellys Collins and Juliana Cole that features a guitar solo from Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill.
Johnson’s rising stature in the music world reflects a new paradigm for independent artists. Aligned with TuneCore to distribute Don’t Look Back, he is following a path traveled to mainstream success by artists including Chris Janson and Florida Georgia Line. Like those artists, Robby Johnson is proving that music fans will find artists they love through more than just traditional channels.
In his case, Robby’s viral smash video for “South Of Me” garnered almost three million views, an astounding feat for a completely independent artist. The music establishment took note and the song went on to spend seven weeks atop the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown. Major media included an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, FOX’s Huckabee, USA Today, TV Guide and The Tennessean. For more on Johnson, visit www.robby-johnson.com.