When David Lee Murphy wrote “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” he went straight into the studio and recorded it with his good friend Kenny Chesney.The finding grace in a tough place, mid-tempo song, with reggae undertones, cracked the Country Top 40 just two weeks after its add to radio date. Moving from 44 to 37 with a bullet on the Billboard chart, “Alright” leaps from 52 to 39 with a bullet on Mediabase.
“I knew when I heard it, it was a big ole hit,” says duet partner and co-producer Chesney. “And as much as I would’ve loved to have had it for one of my records, I was happy when David Lee said he wanted to cut it. He deserves to have a song as good as this… and I was, as I know I’ve said, really happy that he asked me to sing on it with him, because some songs just feel good going down.”
Chesney calls Murphy “the original hillbilly rock star” is no stranger to great songs. Over the last dozen years or so, he’s penned No. 1s for Jason Aldean, Thompson Square, Jake Owen and Chesney’s “Living In Fast Forward,” “Live a Little” and “Til It’s Gone”.
The songwriter from Southern Illinois established a way of writing that gave regular lives desirability. That accessibility has long been an earmark of Murphy’s writing, and it certainly defines “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”
Murphy says of the song’s origins, “You watch the news, it’s rough. You can get caught up in that, or step back and trust life. Sometimes, a deep breath changes everything.”
“Alright” suggests the solace of seeking balance to get through what life hands you may not be the worst idea in a world of urgent news cycles, the ever-quickening tech universe and often increasing workloads.