There was definitely something familiar to Jerrod Niemann about the demo of what has become his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl,” as he tells The 615.
“Lee Brice was one of the writers on it, and it was pretty funny. I saw the title, heard the intro, and thought it was cool. Then, on the first note, I knew that it was Lee singing. I thought it was ironic that as close as we are, and the song was to be a Lee Brice song.”
Niemann says the song is a lesson that you never know where a song may come from. “Being a fan of recording drinking songs… I don’t have any ‘Hangover Cure’ songs. In this case, the ‘Hangover Cure’ is making love to your sweet country girl. If there is any global ‘Hangover Cure,’ it’s my job to express that to the entire planet,” the engaged singer says with a laugh.
Niemann has been rolling on all cylinders these days, following the chart-topping success of “Drink To That All Night,” the first single from his latest album, "High Noon."
“When you move to town, you have all these fantasies and hopes of what might come, but you’re just kind of dreaming blind," Niemann says. "You don’t really know how it all works. Once you get to town, you start meeting people here and there, you get knocked down and get back up, so anytime you can get a song out there that does well… I’ve had a couple of number ones, some get close, some not, so it makes it all that much more rewarding. You’re just that much more grateful. You know how much goes into getting a song up the chart. When you’re getting calls from the label or radio that the song is getting response, you don’t realize how much the little things matter – as well as the jobs of everyone on your team. I just have to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone involved – country radio, the fans, and the journalists, who spread the word. It all adds up.”
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The singer has just released a new pop mix of the song featuring Pitbull. “Gary Overton had called me, and said ‘We’re thinking about sending this to Pitbull for a remix. What do you think?’ I started laughing and thought ‘Sure.’ There are so many things that sometimes just fall in place.”
Once the rap star heard Niemann’s cut, he gave it an instant stamp of approval. “He heard the song, and said he would do it. He sent the vocal and the mix. Then, when I first saw it on iTunes, I knew it was real and tangible. It was just one of those crazy moments. But, the craziest thing was when I went to Miami, and hung out with him and do a video. It was so cool just to meet him. He is such a hard worker. I was blown away at how compassionate, generous, and gracious he was to everybody there.”
Look for another future collaboration between the two in the near future. “Then, a couple of weeks ago, he called to ask if I would do another song with him – for his album. I just went in and did that. We hit it off, which was great. He told me loved country music, and he has a lot of connections in the military that love it, and they turned him on to it. He said he loves being a part of anything to do with Nashville, he’s just never had a chance to get out and about here, but he’s a really great guy.”
And, be on the lookout for another video from Niemann – who has just finished a clip for his previous single, “Donkey.” He says it’s going to be different – very different. “We got all these treatments in, and there were so many great ones. I had more directors submitting treatments than for any single I’ve put out. Some even sent three in. I thought we have to make the video look so crazy that the song sounds normal. I think we pulled it off. Let’s just say that it will be the first country video I know of that involves beings from out of this world. The donkey isn’t dead. He’s gone galactic. I think people are going to dig it!”