Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay are shooting their way up the charts with their new single, “Tequila,” which is currently No. 14 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after 16 weeks.
The reflective ballad, which was co-penned by Dan, Jordan Reynolds and Nicolle Galyon, is the duo’s first offering from their unannounced third studio album.
As Dan + Shay tease another announcement via Twitter—much like they did with the release of “Tequila”—Dan told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown that he and his co-writers gave “Tequila” an intentional twist.
“One of our co-writers, Jordan Reynolds, was like, ‘We should write a song called “Tequila,”’ and he knew we drank tequila—that’s our drink of choice,” says Dan. “Obviously, our minds went to like, ‘We should write a party, feel-good, let’s-drink-tequila-and-get-crazy song,’ but in typical Nashville songwriter fashion, we spun it, and we kind of let that digest with the fans for a minute. They were all expecting this crazy thing and then we teased that haunting piano intro, and I think people were like, ‘I don’t know what’s happening here.’ I think it gave people a reason to check out the song and then when they heard the song—front to back –they realized, in typical Dan + Shay fashion, the story and nostalgia and kind of a heartbreak thing, relationship-sort-of situation. I think it’s a cool juxtaposition between the title and the actual content of the song.”
Check out the video for “Tequila” below.
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