Dean Dillon Tennessee Whiskey And More

Dean Dillon 

Dean was born March 26, 1955.  Hailing from the small Tennessee town, Lake City. Located in East Tennessee right outside of Knoxville with a population of around 1,700 people.  Dean’s songs would go on to be known all around the world. 

Dean was inducted into the Nashville songwriters hall of fame in 2002.  Dean also has the look of the quintessential cowboy, complete with a mustache that even Sam Elliott would appreciate.  



Dean wrote “Set em up Joe” recorded by Vern Gosdin which is probably the song most identified with Vern to this day.  “Is it raining at your house” is also one of the most popular ballads Gosdin ever recorded.


Also wrote Keith Whitley’s first single “Miami My Amy” and the hit “Homecoming 63”


Also my favorite Brooks and Dunn song “I’ll never forgive my heart”


Kenny Chesney “A lot of things different” which is probably the most pure country song of Kenny’s career. 


Dean also wrote Tennessee Whiskey which was one George Jones signature songs and later helped Chris Stapleton burst onto the national scene with his bluesy rendition of the song.


But Dean’s biggest success was writing for George Strait. From the beginning Dean, was George’s go to for hit songs and album cuts as well.  Dean even wrote “Unwound” which was George Strait’s first single and kicked off Strait’s unbelievable 35 plus year career.  

Here’s a few of the song

“It ain’t cool to be crazy over you”

“I’ve come to expect it from you”

“If I know me”

“Easy come, easy go”

“Marina Del Ray”

“Nobody in his right mind would have left her”

“Ocean Front Property”

“The Chair” which both are two of the most clever lyrically that Strait ever recorded.  “The chair” was co-written with another country music songwriting legend Hank Cochran.  And was written in about 20 minutes after a late night song writing session.  

Also “Back to being me” which is one of my favorite album cuts from the “ If you ain’t lovin, you ain’t livin” album.


Dean also has written songs for Toby Keith, Leann Womack, Alabama, and Shenandoah.  


Dean has a great website that has a ton of cool information about his career.  In 2017, a documentary was released entitled “Tennessee Whiskey, The Dean Dillon Story.”

Also check out my podcast The Hillbilly Luchadore Podcast.  Episode 93 is all about Dean Dillon's songwriting career. It's on iTunes and Youtube.

George Jones Walls Can Fall Album Review

  George Jones is arguably one of the most influential artists in country music history.  Hell, it's there's no argument in my eyes.  George stayed true to the sound that he loved his entire career.  There are literally dozens of great George Jones albums, but one of my favorites has always been "Walls Can Fall." George was 61 in 1992 when this album was released.  The song "I don't need no rocking chair" was a smash hit and was the reason most fans bought the album.  It's one of those records you can listen to from beginning to end and not skip a song.  The album has a very different feel from George's other work.  George was not a musician, he was a singer.  I would imagine it would be difficult to choose songs that fit together like this album does and not have a hand in instrumentation.  George did that his whole career.  This album really showed how great his voice could be and how he knew exactly how to make a country album that would stand the test of time.  The albums title track tells the tale of a man who has found love, even after he had truly given up on ever finding it again.  It's a powerful message in a simple song.  That's one of country music's greatest gifts to the world.  Another stand out track is "Finally Friday."  Which still gets me pumped up after a long work week.  George also covers Merle Haggard's classic "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down."  To my knowledge, that song is one of the few songs that George, Waylon, and Merle all recorded their own versions of.  "Wrongs What I Do Best" may some up the majority of George's rough and rowdy ways.  He was a legend and a wild man for many years, but fans like me still love him for it.  If you're not a fan, give this album a listen and you just might change your mind.