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"Amarillo Sky"
Single by McBride & the Ride
from the album Amarillo Sky
Released 2002
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Dualtone
Writer(s) Kenny Alphin, Rodney Clawson, John Rich, Bart Pursley
Producer Matt Rollings, McBride & the Ride
McBride & the Ride singles chronology
"Squeeze Box"
(2002)
"Amarillo Sky"
(2002)
"Amarillo Sky"
Single by Jason Aldean
from the album Jason Aldean
Released July 2006
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:22
Label Broken Bow
Producer Michael Knox
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"Why"
(2006)
"Amarillo Sky"
(2006)
"Johnny Cash"
(2007)

"Amarillo Sky" is the title of a country music song written by Big Kenny and John Rich (of Big & Rich), along with Rodney Clawson and Bart Pursley. It was originally recorded by the band McBride & the Ride in 2002 on their album Amarillo Sky. Country music star Jason Aldean later recorded the song for his 2005 debut album, and his version was released as a single in mid-2006.

The song tells the story of a farmer who works on his family's farm in Amarillo, Texas. The song mentions the various hardships that the farm has faced, such as a damaging hailstorm and an increase in the price of diesel fuel. In the chorus, the farmer prays to God that the farm will remain viable ("I never complain, I never ask why / Please don't let my dreams run dry / Underneath, underneath this Amarillo sky").

Music video

The music video was directed by Wes Edwards. It features Jason Aldean and his band playing the song under an old, torn-up barn. It shows young farmers who help take care of their farm. At the beginning of the video (which was cut from the video at times), the young farmers tell their stories of how they grew up on their farms, and how much their farms meant to them. The video premiered on CMT's Top 20 Countdown on the week of August 17, 2006.

Chart performance (Jason Aldean)

Chart (2006-2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 59
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 90
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 29

This single earned Jason Aldean 2 nominations at the 2006 Academy of Country Music Awards for Video of the Year and Song of the Year, as well as video with the best direction at the CMT Music Awards.

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