Throwback Jam: Trisha Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe”

By Emily Wagner

Is it fair to say that Trisha Yearwood jump-started Matthew McConaughey’s career?

Well back in 1992, a 23 year-old McConaughey was a year out from his ‘big break’ when he landed the role in Trisha’s 1992 hit, “Walkaway Joe.”

Music video aside, the song is one of the most iconic female country songs of the 1990s. Trisha’s voice, blended with Don Henley, makes for amazing harmonies and storytelling.

The song was written by Greg Barnhill and Vince Melamed, the latter of which is known for songs such as Phil Vassar’s “I’ll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)” and “The Shake” by Neal McCoy. A far cry from the sentiment that is “Walkaway Joe.”

The song was also nominated for the 1994 Grammys, for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, which was awarded to Mary Chapin Carpenter. 

While “Walkaway Joe” only made it to the #2 spot on the charts, it’s safe to say it’s a song that is synonymous with Trisha’s career. Other singles may have made the top spot, but no country music fan is going to forget “Walkaway Joe.”

Whether it’s the all too relatable lyrics and story of a young girl falling for the wrong boy, or Trisha’s performance, making us believe there may have been a ‘Joe’ in her life, the song doesn’t lack a thing.