George Birge Hits the Airwaves With ‘Cowboy Songs’

Here’s a deeper look into the “Cowboy Songs,” Birge’s favorite song he’s ever written.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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March 13, 2024

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George Birge; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

George Birge had a roaring start to 2024 when his debut single, “Mind On You” landed at No. 1 on country radio and gave him the chance to make his late-night TV debut. He is keeping that momentum going as his newest radio single, “Cowboy Songs” has officially been named the most added with 75 stations across the nation adding it to rotation. 

Sending His Second Song To Country Radio

The RECORDS Nashville artist celebrated his latest feat by humbly sharing how much it means to finally have this late-night country anthem cursing through the airwaves.

“I’ve dreamed about this day since I first wrote ‘Cowboy Songs’,” Birge explains. “It is my favorite song that I have ever written, and there is something that is just larger than life and unbelievably validating about hearing your song on the radio. I can’t thank my friends at Country radio enough for believing in me and this song. I’m excited to see where it goes from here.”

George Birge; Cowboy Songs
George Birge; Cowboy Songs

The Story Behind “Cowboy Songs”

Co-written by Birge with Michael Tyler, Lalo Guzman and Matt McGinn, “Cowboy Songs” carries a heavy desire to do just about anything to win over a woman. Birge opens the howling tune by setting the scene in the place he knows he will likely run into his love interest. His character has clearly taken note of the things she likes, such as smoking when she drinks and tequila being her liquor of choice and uses that knowledge to give himself a leg up if she happens to stumble inside that same bar. 

“I don’t come here much, but she loves this place/ And I gotta find her/ I don’t smoke, but she does when drinks/ So I got a lighter/ I like whiskey, she likes tequila/ So I take one of both/ Just in case she walks in, I’ll be good to go,” he sings. 

George Birge; Photo Courtesy of Rich MGMT
George Birge; Photo Courtesy of Rich MGMT

The age-old love story evolves with heaps of passion highlighted by the heart-pounding instrumentals that lead Birge into the electrifying chorus, where his hazy search for the Country girl of his dreams continues under the neon lights. 

Per the title, he makes it clear that one of her favorite things of all, is “Cowboy Songs,” like those reminiscent of Waylon Jennings that feature steel guitar and “Three Chords And The Truth.” 

“She only dances to cowboy songs/ Loves to get lost in a moment/ She comes alive when the neon’s on/ Don’t wanna leave ’til it’s closing/ So I got a twenty on the jukebox to keep it playing/ Anything that sounds like Waylon And right here’s where I’ll be staying all night long ‘Cause she only dances to cowboy songs She only dances to cowboy songs,” Birge delivers on the chorus. 

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New Music Video

The recently released music video vividly captures George Birge’s vision, immersing viewers in the ambiance of a dimly lit dive bar with a dance floor tailored for the type of girl he sings about. The characters effortlessly act out the love story at hand, letting music be the driving force that brings them together under the multi-colored bar lights. 

“Growing up playing dive bars in Texas, I always wanted to capture that image in a song,” explains Birge. “The moment we started writing ‘Cowboy Songs,’ I was instantly transported back to a hot, smoky, throwback dance hall night in the Austin, Texas that I grew up in. I couldn’t love it more.”

George Birge is currently bringing his collection of “Cowboy Songs” on the road in support of Parker McCollum’s BURN IT DOWN TOUR 2024, with select shows spanning the U.S. before coming to an end on June 1 in Jacksonville, FL. Birge has also been tapped to join Luke Bryan for his Mind of a Country Boy Tour starting August 8.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.