Exclusive Premiere: Will Dempsey Pays Tribute To His Hometown With Arena-Ready Track, ‘Mississippi Mud’

Following the viral success of his debut single, “Best Parts Of Me,” Will Dempsey is releasing his brand new single,…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 10, 2021


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Will Dempsey; Photo by Tiffany & Robin Dempsey

Following the viral success of his debut single, “Best Parts Of Me,” Will Dempsey is releasing his brand new single, “Mississippi Mud,” on Thursday, February 11 and the rising star is debuting the song and music video exclusively on Country Now.

The self-penned, arena-ready track was produced by Matt McQueen and David Caplinger and was inspired by Dempsey’s recent trip to Music City. “Mississippi Mud” finds the singer paying tribute to his small-town Louisiana roots, while also staying true to himself. 

“It’s about someone following their dreams, but still staying true to who they are and where they come from,” Dempsey explains of the track. “I feel like so many people try to change themselves into something that they aren’t in order to fit in somewhere or make it in a certain industry. And this song is basically about someone who isn’t willing to do that. It’s about being yourself and not apologizing for it. I used a lot of elements from my own life and upbringing on the banks of the Mississippi River in South Louisiana.”

Backed by a country/rock instrumental, Dempsey puts his dreams of becoming a country superstar on full display while reminding listeners that “he ain’t no cowboy” and he certainly doesn’t try to play the part, “he’s just a southern boy, who likes making noise and he sings straight from his heart.” 

“He was raised on the mud from the Mississippi floods/ yea he’s usually a simple man/ But you’ll know his name, he’ll make you feel his pain with a six-string in his hand,” Dempsey sings on the chorus.

Dempsey self-directed the “Mississippi Mud” music video, which was filmed on the banks of the Mississippi River near his hometown. Click below to watch. 

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With his knack for songwriting and a passion to succeed while never “backing down” from his dreams, it’s clear that Dempsey is well on his way to carving out his own path in country music. 

Dempsey previously went viral when he and his son Weston were filmed playing guitar and singing along to Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy.” Dempsey’s wife, Tiffany, uploaded the video online and it quickly amassed millions of views. The video now boasts over 16.4 million views and counting.


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In addition to finding viral success with his son, Dempsey recently went viral for a second time with a video of his daughter, Isabella, reacting to his debut single, “Best Parts Of Me.” The self-penned song is a touching tribute to Isabella and is resonating with parents everywhere as the video continues to rake in millions of videos each day. The video has also caught the attention of Oprah Magazine, as well as a number of high-profile celebrities, including actor Channing Tatum, Mario Lopez and UFC President Dana White

Dempsey’s social media accounts are exploding with thousands of new followers each day. Fans can keep up with Will Dempsey by following him on Facebook and Instagram.

As he continues on his musical journey, Dempsey admits he’s not sure what’s next for him. 

“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” he says. “My plan is just to keep writing and recording songs and putting them out there as long as people want to hear them.” 
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.