Artist: Layng Martine Jr.
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Song: “Love You Back to Georgia”
Album: Music Man
Release Date: May 19, 2023
Label: Bloodshot Records/Kill Rock Stars
In Their Words: “I wrote ‘Love You Back to Georgia’ in 1973, soon after we arrived in Nashville. I was 31. Cars, girls, and music had pretty much summed up my youthful obsessions. Nothing had … or has … really changed. Even now at 81, I still can’t imagine anything much more enjoyable and uplifting than my wife and I pulling into a Dairy Queen in our convertible with ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ blasting from the car speakers. It’s our modern-day version of ‘Love You Back to Georgia’ … when being young and in the back seat of a car with a girl and going somewhere exciting to hear music was ‘as good as it gets.’ ‘Love You Back to Georgia’ is a celebration of all those moments and emotions.” — Layng Martine Jr.
Photo credit: Jason Quigley