LISTEN: Dustin Lynch and Jelly Roll Collaborate To Revamp A Classic In ‘Chevrolet’

The new tune features a countrified love story over the melody of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.”


Madeleine O’Connell

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September 20, 2023


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Dustin Lynch; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Jelly Roll; Photo by John Shearer/Getty ImagesDustin Lynch; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Jelly Roll; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images

Dustin Lynch has teamed up with his BBR Music Group labelmate Jelly Roll to put a fresh twist on a classic tune in his newest release, “Chevrolet.”

Written by Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander, Hunter Phelps, and Mentor Williams, the new song finds the pair of hitmakers coming together to deliver a true country anthem. Underneath the quintessential small-town love story that comes alive within the lyrics, listeners will quickly recognize a familiar melody that matches Dobie Gray’s signature track, “Drift Away.”

‘Extra Edge’

“There is something in the air in Nashville right now, where writers are on the same wavelength and doing cool things like interpolating classic songs into something new. When ‘Chevrolet’ came across our plate, it floored me. Everyone knows Dobie Gray’s ‘Drift Away’ – the melody of that song is timeless,” Lynch shared via press release. “Having Jelly Roll on it adds an extra edge.” 

Lynch takes the lead on the opening verse and chorus before Jelly Roll joins in with his gritty, Tennessee-bred vocals to elevate the song’s midtempo, feel-good sound.  

“Just gimme a dirt road, the windows down / Wanna get lost on the edge of town / In your Chevrolet / She said gimme a six-pack, some Brooks & Dunn / If you want a country girl you just found one / Let’s step away, yeah / In your Chevrolet,” the country stars sing on the chorus. 


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New Album Coming Soon

“Chevrolet” marks yet another glimpse into Lynch’s sixth studio albumKilled The Cowboy, following the release of the project’s hazy title track.

“When I first heard ‘Killed The Cowboy,’ I was drawn to its haunting melody, and then I got to thinking about the lyric and realized, ‘Damn, I’m this guy right now in my life,’” Lynch recalled in a statement. “Relationships can come in hot and heavy and then implode. But that heartbreak, in a weird way, also makes you feel alive, to have another person move you like that. You feel that roller coaster of emotion and passion, and that sparks me creatively as an artist.”

Dustin Lynch - Killed The Cowboy
Dustin Lynch – Killed The Cowboy

12-Track Project

The 12-track project out September 19 serves as a follow-up to Lynch’s 2022 project, Blue in the Sky and draws inspiration from him navigating the more personal side of things as a 38-year-old single man. At this stage in life, Lynch finds himself wondering, is he ready to settle down and start a family, or will he continue to live out his life as bachelor?   

“When I’m off the road and working on my farm, I have a lot of inner dialogue. It’s a boxing match inside of me, between living in the moment and enjoying where I am, versus what’s the best version of me five, 10, or 20 years down the road,” Lynch explained. “What do I want to be? What do I want life to look like? Who do I want to be around?” 

He continued, “Killed The Cowboy is that back-and-forth. It’s me asking myself, ‘Am I okay? Or am I weird for not having found my person yet? And is she even out there?’ My hope is that this album finds someone who needs to hear it. I want Killed The Cowboy to embrace the single people of the world and lift them up, to let them know that you don’t have to live a ‘normal’ life to still be happy in your own skin.”

Killed The Cowboy features an impressive lineup of songwriters, including Dallas Davidson, Josh Thompson, Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell, and more. Dustin Lynch co-wrote five of the tracks.  

As Lynch readies for the release of his full collection, he’s currently on the road bringing new music, fan favorites and his latest chart-climbing single, “Stars Like Confetti,” to stages across the country. His run of headlining dates and music festivals.

Dustin Lynch is next slated to perform on September 22 in Tempe, AZ as part of the 2023 Boots In The Park festival. 

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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.