'It's a song that traditional fans can like, because it doesn't say 'truck,' 'bro' or 'Fireball' or any of that, but also the contemporary fans will like,' Webb says.
Austin Webb is pretty excited about his current single, "All Country on You," which entered the Country Airplay chart last week at No. 60 and is climbing from there. The South Carolina native -- who previously hit the charts with "Slip on By" and "Raise 'Em Up" -- tells Billboard that this single has the potential to be special.
"I think this is the one," the Streamsound recording artist said. "The song was written by the same guys who wrote [Carrie Underwood's] 'Before He Cheats' and [Tyler Farr's] 'Redneck Crazy' -- Josh Kear, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Irwin."
Webb said his goal in recording the song was to be a little more sympathetic to the male demographic. "You know how you listen to 'Before He Cheats' or [Miranda Lambert's] 'Gunpowder and Lead' and you wonder how the girls get away with talking all this smack about guys all the time? The only way I can put out a song that combats that without -- and let me say that again, without -- taking a shot at women is this one. I love it. It's such a great idea. It's a song that traditional fans can like, because it doesn't say 'truck,' 'bro' or 'Fireball' or any of that, but also the contemporary fans will like it because it's still got that modern groove to it that still makes sense on the radio right now in this modern era of country music."
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Webb told Billboard he has been gratified by the reaction to the song. "What's been so amazing about it is that we all thought it was going to go one way or the other. But when I started playing it, every single woman that listened to it said, 'Hell yeah, that's me.' They love it because it's a true-life song, and in this case, it's not talking about their cut-off shorts and tank tops; it says, 'Hey, if you mess with this girl, this is what could happen' -- and trust me, in my experience, it can. At the end of the day, it's a female-empowering song. I think it's a fine-line song, but it makes a clear point. The female demographic have really jumped on it."
Webb said that regardless of gender, the song speaks to everyone. "I think both men and women can relate to this in the same aspect. Both sides have had to deal with all the craziness. When you look at it, there's not a lot of difference between us except anatomy. Our brains still work the same, and we have this sense of self. It's really unique, but I think both sides can have empathy for each other. It definitely does affect both sides."
Webb, who has an interesting assortment of tattoos, was asked about his most recent addition. "I think I might have added 'Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine,' which was inspired by the old Tom T. Hall song on my right forearm, but that's been the most recent one. That one and the Patsy Cline tattoo remain my favorites," he says with a smile.
2015 looks to be a very busy one for Webb, which he says will continue the trend from the past couple of years -- and he has no problem with that. "We're working like crazy at radio right now, and the song is getting a lot of traction. I'm just looking forward to meeting more and more country music fans. Last year, I was gone 320 days, and this year, my goal is to be gone 365 days. I don't want to be home. I want to be on the road, meeting fans as much as possible. I've made it a clear point to my record label and to everybody that I have to be out there on the road. If we're going to make this work, we've got to be out there pushing it as much as we can. If you want to play country music for a living, you better be playing country music for a living. I love what I do -- every minute of it."