I Had to Give That Up Too

Photo by Jagger Bruch
This past Friday night something pretty special happened at the Dosey Doe "Big Barn" in The Woodlands up north of Houston.  Sammy Kershaw was playing a nearly sold out show and Jamie Lin Wilson was the opening act. There is some significance to Jamie opening this show that Sammy didn't realize at first. You see , Sanmy released a new album "I Won't Back Down" back in June of this year, and the 7th track is titled "I Had to Give That Up Too" and was co-written by Keith Gattis, Savannah Welch and Jamie Lin Wilson.

During Sammy's show he announced that although he hadn't asked his band to learn the song, he found out that one of the co-writers of the song was there, and he wanted to have her play the song while he tried to sing it. He went on to say it was his favorite song on the album and even went so far as to issue a "no joke" just so people knew he wasn't just blowing smoke because Jamie was there. He continued on to explain how much he appreciated songwriters, because he doesn't sing a song unless he's lived the story, and he's admittedly not a "great" songwriter so he's grateful that there are great songwriters out there that can write songs that he has lived.

Jamie played the song on Sammy's acoustic guitar and Sammy began singing.  Jamie is a very talented performer herself, and is an especially talented harmony vocalist, so she instinctively sang along where appropriate, and when Sammy realized what she was doing he moved closer and shared his mic with her.

There were several looks of surprise, approval and wonder coming from Mr. Kershaw, and he was clearly impressed by her singing. For several years, she has entertained many both as a solo act and with either of the bands she has performed with, The Gougers and The Trishas. Co-writers Gattis and Welch both have prior ties to Jamie, among them Savannah was one of the 4 Trishas, and Keith produced The Gougers record "A Long Day for the Weathervane".

If this song sounds familiar, you may have also heard it on Randy Rogers Band's 2013 album "Trouble"!

Enough of this history lesson! Special thanks to PJ Dennis for capturing this great moment on video, and even more so for giving Jamie and I permission to post it! Go listen to Sammy Kershaw, Jamie Lin Wilson, The Trishas, The Gougers or any of the other past or present projects from any of these magnificent musicians!

Here is Sammy Kershaw w/Jamie Lin Wilson:

Here is Jamie Lin Wilson singing I Had To Give That Up Too at Gruene Hall!

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