Nashville’s Brian Callihan has written songs with artists like David Lee Murphy, Josh Thompson, and Mo Pitney, and his songs have been performed by the likes of Cole Swindell, Dylan Scott, Trent Tomlinson, and Halfway To Hazard. As an artist, he released his debut EP Broke It Down earlier this year, and has performed at several stellar festivals including CMA Fest and the Key West Songwriters Festival.
Maybe it’s because it’s the 4th of July weekend. Maybe it’s because our world is in turmoil without a clear end to the chaos in sight. Maybe it’s because hard times make some of us – who were privileged enough to have fond memories of our upbringing – long for the innocence of childhood when the world didn’t seem so scary. We’re feeling super nostalgic here at Mother Church Pew today, with a little help from “Hometown Boys,” Callihan’s new single set for release on July 3rd.
“‘Hometown Boys’ is a song I wrote with Micheal Sprinkle and Justin Lantz. If you grew up in a small town then you will be able to relate to this song,” explains Callihan, who originally hails from South Georgia farm country. “It’s a good-natured, down to earth song about good people doing good things.”
The 90s-esque country style of “Hometown Boys” reminds me of family reunions, barefoot summers, and the familiarity of friends who’d known me my entire life. Callihan’s voice beautifully embodies the idea of a “hometown boy,” outwardly stoic, inwardly complex, and full of heart – it has the ability to transport us to times on the outskirts of memory, but ones we’re glad we haven’t forgotten.
Without further ado, Mother Church Pew proudly presents “Hometown Boys” by Brian Callihan: