Exclusive Premiere: Listen To Chance McKinney’s ‘Don’t Wanna Be Taillights’

Rising country artist Chance McKinney is premiering his brand new single, “Don’t Wanna Be Taillights,” exclusively on Country Now. The…


Melinda Lorge

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December 5, 2019


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Rising country artist Chance McKinney is premiering his brand new single, “Don’t Wanna Be Taillights,” exclusively on Country Now. The moody track will be featured on the Montana-born singer/songwriter’s upcoming EP iCUBED, set for release Friday, (December 6).

Penned by Blake Bollinger, Jeremy Stover and Pavel Dovgalyu, “Don’t Wanna Be Taillights” finds McKinney singing of a man who’s fighting to hold onto his relationship with a fleeing romantic partner. The song also sees McKinney staying true to his “Industrialized Country” theme as he offers up his smooth vocals on the song’s relatable lyrics.

“Don’t wanna be taillights, don’t wanna be rearview / Don’t wanna see gravel flyin’ trailer dust me chasin’ after you / Don’t wanna need the whiskey, barstools and neon lights / C’mon over let me make this right / I don’t wanna be taillights,” McKinney croons over a thunderous drum beat and metal guitars.

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“‘Don’t Wanna Be Taillights” is actually a metaphor for ‘lost love.’ However, the song itself is the struggle to not become someone’s taillights,” McKinney told Country Now of the new track. “It was the best way I could express the realistic struggle between man and woman. [It] talks about the arguments, the effort, and how far couples go in the struggle in hopes that neither will find themselves in the position of watching it all disappear into the distance.”

“We all get to the point in relationships where it becomes a struggle,” he continued. “I’ve never known anything of worth not to have its hardships. I’m assuming the best love out there is the one that’s earned.  And this song is about that.”

“Don’t Wanna Be Taillights” follows McKinney’s previous single, “Backyard,” which racked up over 224,000 streams on Spotify. The single is also one of four tracks to be featured on iCubed. Other tracks include “Keep On Breaking My Heart,” “Didn’t Have To Die To Go To Heaven” and “Love Off Road.”

McKinney, who has opened up for heavy hitters like Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Jake Owen, is currently on the road touring various venues across the U.S. Fans can keep up with McKinney by visiting his official website at www.chancemckinney.com or following him on Instagram and Twitter at @ChanceMcKinney.

Click on above to listen to “Don’t Wanna Be Taillights.”

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Melinda Lorge

Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.