Country Star Robby Johnson’s “Tryin’ to Get Over You” Music Video hits CMT Music, Today, Jan. 24
Country Star Robby Johnson’s “Tryin’ to Get Over You”
Music Video hits CMT Music, Today, Jan. 24
Johnson Spreads His Songwriting Wings
On New Album, Alive Right Now
Country star Robby Johnson’s new 7-song album, Alive Right Now, is the vibe the world needs right now. From the first track, “Night Like This” to the closer, “It All Starts Tonight,” the Nashville-based singer/songwriter’s latest effort leaves you feeling uplifted, optimistic, and ready to grab a beer and hit your favorite watering hole for a little two-stepping with someone you love.
Johnson, who People magazine has called “refreshing” and “seductive,” even managed to make a breakup song, the first single “Tryin’ to Get Over You,” seemingly optimistic while taking the listener on a fun storytelling jaunt. “It’s about a lovesick country boy trying to get over the girl. I was imagining how hard it must be to break up with someone in this time with social media and about this guy obsessing, scrolling through his phone watching her go on with her life from the palm of his hand. But there’s a little twist at the end — you might have to listen twice to get it,” he laughs.
Fans can listen and watch much more than twice come Monday, Jan. 24 when CMT Music airs the video for “Tryin’ to Get Over You,” which stars Johnson’s daughter Rose, all day and night starting at 6:31 a.m. ET. The clip is slated for eight airings on the first day alone and will be in regular rotation on the country music network thereafter. Johnson’s no stranger to video success. He’s garnered more than 9 million views on YouTube. Johnson’s first single, “South of Me” from his debut album Don’t Look Back, which hit the Top 20 at country radio and landed him a performance on Late Show with David Letterman, won the CMT Pure 12 Pack Countdown several weeks in a row.
Johnson’s come a long way as a songwriter since his 2016 debut. Over the years, he has written with some of Nashville’s best songwriters and worked with such renowned producers as Jimmy Nichols (Faith Hill, Elton John), James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire) and currently musician Danny Rader (Keith Urban, Jason Aldean), who produced Alive Right Now, and co-wrote some of its songs. “I really learned a lot from all these great people I’ve had the opportunity to work with,” says Johnson. “And, I’ll admit it, when I first started out writing years ago, I wasn’t too good really. But working with these seasoned professionals, helped teach me how to really paint a picture with music and words, and think about not just what I’m saying, but why I’m saying it and what the feelings are behind it. I think these new songs are going to connect with people on a different level.”
The pandemic also allowed Johnson the chance to spread his songwriting wings a little further. “The pandemic forced me to have to sit in my room with my guitar and just write, write, write all by myself. You know, it’s hard to get in with co-writers when you’re in lockdown, but it served me well. It gave me time to really hone my writing skills more and play around with different styles and ideas. Overall, these songs are meant to make people feel good, especially after the tough few years we’ve all had,” he says.
Musically, Alive Right Now is a love letter to the eclectic mix of music Johnson is inspired by, including country pop (“Night Like This”), country rock (“Alive Right Now”), reggae (“Drinkin’ Beer”), folk-country (“Whiskey Woman”), traditional country (“If I Ever Was a Cowboy”), and even a nod to Bryan Adams’ “Summer of 69” on “It All Starts Tonight.” “There’s really something for everyone — the girls, the guys, the rockers, and the cowboys. I wrote it with the live audience in mind and can’t wait to play these songs on stage,” he adds.
Check out the music video for “Tryin’ to Get Over You” on CMT Music on Monday, Jan. 24 at these times (all Eastern Standard Time):