LISTEN: ‘American Idol’ Alum Alex Miller Carries the Torch for Classic Country with New Single, ‘Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya’

Fan-favorite American Idol alum and rising country singer/songwriter Alex Miller is giving fans a taste of what’s to come on…


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October 1, 2021


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Fan-favorite American Idol alum and rising country singer/songwriter Alex Miller is giving fans a taste of what’s to come on his highly-anticipated debut album with the release of a brand new song, “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya.” 

The track serves as Miller’s debut single with his new record label home, Billy Jam Records. 

Out now, “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” is described as a “fast-paced Western swing” and finds the Kentucky native praising the country life while comparing it to life in the big city. 

“You got loud horns we got dogs barkin’ / Ain’t gotta pay for no John Deere parkin’ / There’s meat and taters and a lot of fried vittles / If you don’t like that let me tell you a little / Tell you a little thing about that/ Don’t let the barn hit ya,” he sings. 

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“Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” was produced by Jerry Salley and co-written by Bill Whyte, Paul Bogart and Dan Wilson.

The country tune will soon spin on more than 650 jukeboxes across the country at Texas Roadhouse as Miller has been tapped as the October Artist of the Month for the popular restaurant chain. 

Miller says the song is a a “hoppin’ little number that gets up and goes,” and will soon bring the track on the road as part of his upcoming tour. 

The release of “Don’t Let The Barn Door Hit Ya” follows the news of his new label deal and comes before the release of his upcoming 10-track album. 

Alex Miller; Photo by William McClintic
Alex Miller; Photo by William McClintic

Miller won over the hearts of millions on the latest season of American Idol. His love for traditional country music had viewers drawing comparisons to the likes of legendary country artists such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. 

Miller explained that his love for classic country came from his grandfather. 

“I’ll give credit where credit is due, and I’ll give it to my granddad,” Miller previously shared during appearance on Connect with Country Now, airing on CTRL_MUSIC_, exclusively on Twitch. “He is a walking encyclopedia. He knows all that old stuff and loves that old style of music. That is just what I grew up with and it’s what I know, and he introduced me to it.”


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The 18-year-old is often compared to his musical heroes and it’s something he doesn’t take lightly. 

“I love all of the old guys and I love all of the new ones too. Getting compared to those is an incredible thing to be said about you and it’s really humbling,” he said. “I look up to all the old guys, though, and of course Luke Bryan and all the new guys too. I love the old stuff, and I love the new stuff.”

Fans can catch Alex Miller on tour this fall. 

Upcoming tour dates include:

Oct  1 – Paintsville, KY – Alley Fest

Oct  2 – Mount Vernon, KY – Bittersweet Festival

Oct 12 – Huntsville, AL – All-Star Salute To Lee Greenwood – Von Braun Center  

Oct 14 – Wytheville, VA – Wohlfahrt House Octoberfest

Oct 16 – Newport, TN – Live at the RC

Oct 27 – Indianapolis, IN – Gainbridge Fieldhouse (opening for Brett Young)

Nov 6 – Lexington, KY – National Anthem for SEC game (KY vs. TN) 

Nov 12 – Hodgenville, KY – Lincoln Jamboree

Nov 18 – Greenville, TX – Texan Theater

Nov 19 – Buda, TX – Buck’s Backyard

Nov 20 – Arlington, TX – Arlington Music Hall

Dec 11 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre (open for Rhonda Vincent)

Dec 12 – Branson, MO – The Mansion Theatre (open for Rhonda Vincent)

Dec 17 – Hodgenville, KY – Lincoln Jamboree

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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 and her work being featured on 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.