When his Kenny Chesney collaboration ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ hit No. 1 in June, it was the first time Murphy had occupied its top slot in more than 22 years, the second-longest gap at

No. 1 in the chart’s history. It’s not that Murphy retired after ‘Dust on the Bottle’ peaked in 1995.

He amassed six top 10s as an artist, inc ‘Party Crowd’, then essentially stopped recording – Murphy toured at his own pace but really found his niche as a songwriter, earning hefty paychecks for penning such titles as Jason Aldean’s ‘Big Green Tractor,’ Thompson Square’s ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not’ and

Chesney’s ‘Living in Fast Forward.’

Kenny Chesney has taken the David Lee Murphy-penned hits ‘Pirate Flag,’ ‘Livin’ in Fast Forward’ and ‘Til It’s Gone’ to hitdom, and now he’s returning the favour by working on this album with the prolific tunesmith. Chesney calls Murphy “the original – and last – of the hillbilly rock stars.”

“We got together to make a record of songs we liked the sound of – things we’d want to listen to ourselves,” Murphy said,  “Kenny’s got great ears, and I kept sending him demos – more than he could ever record, but he loved the songs and he said, ‘I think we oughta go make a record!’”

They also brought in Buddy Cannon for this great 10-track collection which features Chesney on the title cut and bluegrass legend Dan Tyminski (from Alison Krauss and Union Station) on ‘As a Crow Flies,’ which is described as “stark and organic.” You may need to hear this.