LISTEN: Chris Young Drops New Summer Anthem, ‘Young Love & Saturday Nights’

“Young love and Saturday nights are things that just go together,” the country star shared upon the release of the track.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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July 21, 2023

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Chris Young; Photo by John Shearer

Chris Young is celebrating the fleeting summer days with his brand-new weekend anthem, “Young Love & Saturday Nights,” out Friday, July 21.

Co-produced by Young with Corey Crowder and Chris DeStefano, the song tributes all the best qualities of a small-town lifestyle and the innocence of young love that forms within the local “hole in the wall” bar. Young showcases his hard-hitting vocals and Tennessee twang as he depicts the carefree feeling of “falling way to fast” on a summer Saturday night. 

“She loves his southern drawl from north of Atlanta / That Silverado he got parked outside / Loves a cranking ’89 Alabama / Kissing for an hour in the parking lot light / Here’s to good girls that can’t keep from falling / For bad boys that their daddies don’t like / Small towns that keep staying small / Here’s to old trucks, young love, and Saturday nights,” Chris Young sings on the chorus.

As he reflects on his recent release, the “Famous Friends” singer explains how many aspects of the storyline also reflects different chapters of his life growing up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. 

“When I first heard this song, I immediately connected with the groove and the lyrics with nods to so many things I can personally relate to,” the multi-platinum entertainer shared in a press release. “It made me think back to when I first got started playing country dive bars and it was the same kind of thing. I drove a beat-up truck to and from gigs where I played music hoping the audiences would relate… and if I’m being honest, hoping the girls would like it too.”

As he goes on to boast about the new song, Chris Young encourages his audience to let the high energy, uplifting lyrics be the soundtrack to the windows-down kind of days. 

“Young love and Saturday nights are things that just go together and this feels like one of those big summer songs where you just want to roll the windows down, crank up the volume, and just drive around to it,” he adds. 

The song was also paired with a music video that brings the party-ready anthem to life through the portrayal of a modern-day love story that begins with a chance meeting in a gas station.

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Throughout the upbeat tune, listeners can catch Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” signature guitar lick, leading the legendary rocker to earn a slot in the songwriting credits alongside Ashley Gorley, Jesse Frasureand Josh Thompson.

While “Young Love & Saturday Nights” marks Bowie’s first official jump into the realm of country music, it is also the first co-producer collaboration for Young, Crowder and DeStefano.

Tracked at the newly renovated Sony Music Publishing Studios Nashville, “Young Love & Saturday Nights” makes Chris Young the first major artist to record in the updated studio where many iconic albums have been produced by top names such as Brooks & Dunn, Tracy Lawrence, Big & Rich and more.

This release comes hot on the heels of Young’s current single “Looking For You,” which was co-written by Young with Chris DeStefano, James McNair and Emily Weisband, and is currently Top 15-and-rising on the Billboard Country and Mediabase radio charts. 

Chris Young; Looking For You

At the same time, he dropped another new song titled “All Dogs Go To Heaven.” Both tracks give a unique insight into the country star’s personal life, which he generally tries to keep under wraps as much as possible. 

Although he strives to maintain his privacy while living in the limelight, Young revealed that more often than not, his real-life experiences still tend to follow him into the writing room. This was made clear through both of these recent releases.

“I will say, yeah, there’s totally times where a relationship or a situation I’ve been in influenced my songs, and I think that’s important because it comes from a place of realism. I can sing it and mean it,” he told Country Now and other media outlets. 

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These new songs give fans a glimpse into Young’s forthcoming album. While he has yet to unveil any concrete details surrounding the next project, he did tease that it’s in the works and could actually be ready at any moment. Young also shared that, unlike his last critically acclaimed record, Famous Friends, there will most likely be little to no collaborations on his next set of music.

“There may be one that I’m looking at right now, but I’ve got my record pretty much done. I can drop a record tomorrow if I wanted to,” he said before adding, “I’m in that place where I’m ready to go and really just happy and excited.”

Chris Young is currently on the road making his way through cities in Texas, Kansas, Ohio, and more. He’s slated to appear at a number of fairs and festivals throughout the summer including Walworth County Fair, Voices of America Music Country Music Fest, Country Bay Music Festival, and more. 

For a full list of upcoming concerts, visit the country star’s official website

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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.