by Tom Roland
As two of the three members of the Peach Pickers, Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson are a big part of the hottest songwriting team in country music right now.
The two are also part of an album that should have every turkey in sight shuddering this Thanksgiving season. Rhett and Dallas recorded a hunting-themed project, Michael Waddell’s Bone Collector: The Brotherhood Album, to… uhm… target the field-and-stream community.
Rhett established a name for himself as an artist during the 1990s with his hits “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started,” but he’s shifted quite successfully into a songwriting career that has him mostly teamed with Dallas and Ben Hayslip. Known on Music Row as the Peach Pickers for their Georgian roots, they’ve written Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” Joe Nichols’ “Gimmie That Girl” and Josh Turner’s “All Over Me.”
And yet, as rockin’ as those songs are, they’re still not quite as amped up as many of the 10 tracks Rhett and Dallas rifle through on Bone Collector. A few of the titles — “My Baby Looks Good In Camouflage,” “Buck Fever” and “Weapons Of Bass Destruction” — give you an idea about most of the album’s tone. Still, a few more find a way to make hunting almost sentimental.
“We got to do whatever we wanted,” Dallas notes. “It’s a funny album. It’s a serious album. My wife said, ‘It makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you wanna shoot somebody.’”
The album is the result of Rhett’s friendship with Michael Waddell, who hosts a couple hunting shows on the Outdoor Channel. Rhett and Michael talked about the concept of making an outdoor-centered album, and Rhett sort of tossed out the idea of writing a hunting song one day when he was writing with Dallas. The topic was ripe for harvesting — they wrote three songs in four hours. Michael gave the material his stamp of approval, and it’s become a sort of specialty album for a very specific crowd.
“We almost tried to write it to where you couldn’t like it unless you were a hunter,” Rhett says. “A lot of the language, the verbiage of the songs, is so inside, if you don’t fish or hunt turkeys, you don’t understand what we’re talkin’ about. We did that because that’s the way we talk, but we also did it on purpose. We’re just writin’ this for the true hunters out there. And so we wrote three songs and I started playin’ them live and next thing you know they’re on YouTube and I’ve got people in California out in the crowd screamin’ for huntin’ songs more than they’re screamin’ for ‘That Ain’t My Truck!’”
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