George Birge growin’ up in Austin Texas playing the bars on 6th street at 14! Meeting a “record exec” at 18 and realizing that the grind in Austin that got him sold out shows there moved the needle to get him to Nashville and a record deal! 9 years In Nashville, meeting Scott Borchetta, getting to play Whiskey Jam, this was a lot of fun getting to know George Birge!
We dove into the love of the writing and the original music that can be found in Nashville, Robert’s Western World being on the top of his list.
I had some fun… first stage he ever played on that just scared the shit out of him….
We talked vinyl, excited to get some George Birge on vinyl!
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Birge (rhymes with “merge”) was scrolling through the TikTok account he had just created when he came across a star of the platform poking fun at country music. Erynn Chambers, known to her three-quarter of a million followers as Rynnstar, joked that many country songs are just repetitious ditties about beer, trucks, and girls. To her credit, she had a point, but Birge was determined to prove to Rynnstar that in the right hands even the most mundane of phrases can inspire a great, multi-layered song.
With that in mind, the Texas-born, Nashville-based songwriter grabbed his guitar and wrote “Beer Beer, Truck Truck,” an up-tempo sing-along that is about far more than those writing-room tropes. It’s about missing the one you love and wooing them to come back. “I know the city called you, go baby spread your wings/I’ll be here waiting on you, out here in the country,” Birge sings.
“The whole point was to say that, yeah, the country lifestyle may not be as flashy or as fast-paced as the city, but there’s more to it than meets the eye — and if you give me a chance, I’ll show you how good it can be,” Birge says. As the lyrics drive home, it’s not all “beer, beer/truck, truck/girls in them tight jeans.”
Produced by Ash Bowers, “Beer Beer, Truck Truck” blends the studio loops and effects that power country music’s modern-day hits with the traditional sounds that Birge heard growing up in Austin — his family are such George Strait fans that his mom jokes he was named after the Texas icon and not George Birge Sr.
The end result is both interesting and irresistible.