By Aaron Wagner
Does it ever seem that we get our best ideas at the oddest time, doing the most mundane things? Standing in line at the grocery store, in the shower, or in this case, driving in your car.
Songwriter Troy Jones, was driving down some country road in rural Alabama, and as he tells the story, he was trying to think of three things that nobody could argue with. And the three he landed on? God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy. Jones soon started writing what would become the first verse of the song, then continued the write with Bobby Braddock, who is a country songwriting legend himself, with songs such as George Jones “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tracy Lawrence’s “Time Marches On.”
It was Braddock who had the idea for the ending of the song, where the old man leaves all his money to the stranger he met a bar. From there, Billy Currington went on to cut the song, then in March of 2009, released it as a single. It hit the top of the charts, marking Currington’s third number one song, it also earned him two Grammy nominations, and a nomination for Song of the Year at the ACMs.
The song was released at the perfect time; before “bro-country” would turn everything on it’s head just a couple years later. There’s no mention of trucks, girls in cut off shorts, just a couple of strangers sharing a drink at a bar. But this song has.a life of its own; no matter where it’s played, whether you know the words or not, everyone seems to know those 3 lines.
It turns out that a lot of people agree with Troy Jones: God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.