Josh Phillips Reflects On Past Relationship With Stirring Ballad 'In a Bar Somewhere': Exclusive

Josh Phillips
Jason Myers

Josh Phillips

Newcomer Josh Phillips has been making a name for himself in the North Carolina music scene with an energetic live show and relatable storylines. Fan favorite “In a Bar Somewhere” showcases Phillips’ knack for writing heartfelt songs rich with imagery and a triumphant chorus that begs to be heard.

“In a Bar Somewhere,” premiering on Billboard below, will be released Friday via Big Machine Records. The Lee County native penned the nostalgic tune more than two years ago with Erik Dylan and Randy Montana, and he’s been playing it in his live show ever since. A heartfelt ballad, “In a Bar Somewhere” has Phillips telling an ex that she’s welcome to give him a call whenever she’s feeling lonely.

“But if you’re ever in a bar somewhere/ At a back booth table peeling those labels off High Life beers/ That miss me song comes on like neon loud and clear/ And you think you’ve had too much/ Just let that good buzz call me up and I’ll be there/ If you’re ever in a bar somewhere,” he sings on the chorus.

“I remember being excited the night we wrote this song,” Phillips tells Billboard. “It’s a storyline I think a lot of people can relate to. When you’re going through a breakup knowing you’re not meant to be together, but you still love that person and you can’t help but think about them, especially after a few drinks, hoping that they’re thinking about you too.”

Phillips is currently performing the song on the road as he supports Tyler Farr. In recent years he has toured with Big Machine labelmate Brantley Gilbert as well as fellow North Carolina native Luke Combs, the latter of which Phillips helped pen the title track of the singer’s 2014 EP Can I Get an Outlaw with Robert Williford.


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