Albany’s Dallas Davidson and his songwriting friends are penning songs on American Idol winner Scotty McCreery’s highly anticipated debut Album.
The Peach Pickers – which also include members Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip — have written two tunes for McCreery and more are forthcoming.
“He’s obviously real country, and we don’t have any problem with that,” Davidson told the website Taste of Country. “He’s a tough one to get on because everybody in town’s trying to get on him. We definitely have all been working together or individually to get on his project. We think that’s the project to be on right now. He’s an American Idol winner and a country boy and a good kid, too. We always want to be on good ole boys’ records!”
Davidson, meanwhile, is a songwriting machine. Together or apart, the Peach Pickers are responsible for 40 percent of Billboard’s current Top 10 country singles chart [Leesburg native Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It for Me), Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” Justin Moore‘s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” and Antebellum “Just a Kiss].
Co-written by Bryan and Davidson, “Country Girl” is Bryan’s third Gold-certified single. The up-tempo Top 10 hit is the lead single off Luke’s Tailgates and Tanlines album due out on Aug. 9. The song debuted at No. 1 in U.S. country digital singles sales with 105,498 downloads and is the fastest rising single of Bryan’s career. It follows Bryan’s recent three back-to-back No. 1 singles “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” all from his Gold-certified album Doin’ My Thing.
Besides their songs in the Top 10, the Peach Pickers also have nine new songs currently being played at country radio, with three more to be released within the next month. One of them is Craig Morgan’s “This Ole Boy,” written by the Peach Pickers.
“It’s just a fun song about growing up like we did,” Davidson told Taste of Country. “We got those butterflies from that girl … you drove her around … you did go to the river … you did start thinking about wanting to marry her. I think so many people can relate to that, and hopefully Craigy can do something with it.” Added Hayslip: “Dallas had the groove going when he came in to write that day.”
“Just a Kiss” – penned by the three Antebellum members along with Davidson, advocates ending the evening with “just a kiss goodnight.” The lyrics are a sharp contrast to the message of their record-breaking smash, “Need You Now.”
“We had so many parents come up to us at meet-and-greets, completely joking, not being upset with us, but going, ‘Thank you so much for having my 5-year-old sing ‘It’s a quarter after one and I’m a little drunk and I need you now,’” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott told Great American Country.
Davidson has had more than 80 songs recorded. Trace Adkins recorded Davidson’s “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk“ shortly after Davidson arrived in Nashville, Tenn., taking the song to No. 2 on the country charts in early 2006. Davidson co-wrote the Brad Paisley-Keith Urban duet “Start a Band,” which reached No. 1 in early 2009 and earned Davidson an award from BMI.
Davidson also co-wrote Billy Currington‘s “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” which went to No. 1 in 2010. Other singles that Davidson co-wrote in the late 2000s include “Put a Girl in It“ by Brooks & Dunn, “Barefoot and Crazy“ by Jack Ingram and “Gimmie That Girl“ by Joe Nichols, all collaborations with Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip. “Gimmie That Girl“ made it to No.1 on the charts in April 2010.