Riley Green Recruits Home State Crowd For ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’ Video

Riley Green’s poignant new single, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” is resonating with fans everywhere and his recently-released music video…

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Lauren Jo Black

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November 22, 2019

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Riley Green’s poignant new single, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” is resonating with fans everywhere and his recently-released music video proves how much fans are connecting to the song’s emotional lyrics.

The live performance clip was shot in Phenix City, Alabama and showcases Green’s home state crowd belting out the lyrics as he delivers a stunning acoustic performance of the song.

At one point in the clip, the audience takes over for a full-on sing-along. As the camera pans across the crowd, thousands of fans are seen swaying and waving their arms in the air as they belt out the chorus: “I wish even cars had truck beds / Every road was named Copperhead/ And coolers never run out of cold Bud Light / I wish high school home teams never lost / And backroad-drinking kids never got caught / I wish the price of gas was low and cotton was high / I wish honky-tonks didn’t have no closing time / And I wish grandpas never died.”

Written by Green with posthumous writing credits given to his two grandfathers, Lendon Bonds and Buford Green, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” almost didn’t make its way onto Green’s debut album, Different ‘Round Here. He recently revealed that it was the last song he wrote for the album and that it was added due to the demand of his fans.

“We actually had the album done,” he shared during an interview with his record label. “I had no plans of putting it on this record. I wrote the song and I played it at a show. Somebody videoed it with their iPhone and put it on YouTube and it got a million something views.  And I started playing it at shows and people were singing it and people were requesting it. Every picture I posted on Instagram there was 10 people going, ‘When are you going to release Grandpa’s Never Died?’”

“So,” he continued, “I went to the label and said, ‘Look at this.’  And to their credit, they jumped on board with it. We went and cut the song, added it to the record and it very possibly could be one of the biggest tracks on the record. So hats off to the fans for running to this song and showing that they were passionate about it.”

The live version of “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” is available to stream and download now.

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Lauren Jo Black

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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.