Love Junkies (Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hillary Lindsey) talk woulda coulda shouldas on the latest episode of Love Junkies Radio on Apple Music Country. Hillary talks about deciding to work with John Mayer before anyone knew who he was and convincing herself she was going to marry him, Hillary and Lori discuss why Hillary can’t ever sing ‘Million Reasons,’ which she wrote for Lady Gaga, Love Junkies talk about Liz Kelly’s song ‘Ex-Husbands,’ and more. Listen to the full episode here.
“So my publisher at the time, Pat Finch, was like, “Hey, check out this guy. He lives in Atlanta. Think it’s pretty cool. I played him some of your demos, and he wants to write with you.” And it was John Mayer’s EP before anybody had heard of John Mayer. So I listened to it outside in my beat-up, crappy Explorer with the roof falling down, playing John Mayer in my tape cassette CD player, and I’m convinced that I’m marrying this John Mayer guy. I don’t know who he is, but I’m like, “Oh, this is my husband.” I was just completely enamored with his music, pulled in, heart and soul, every which way. I didn’t even really know what he looked like. There was just one picture of him, but I’m like, “Oh, this is it.” So I called Pat Finch up, and I’m like, “Ah, yes, I will write with John Mayer. I sure will. Mm-hmm. I will.” And so John Mayer came to Nashville, and we wrote.”
Love Junkies on Lady Gaga ‘Million Reasons’
Hillary: I’ve actually never performed that song ever live, and it’s just because I can’t. I’ve tried to sit down and sing it with Cary, and I don’t… It doesn’t sound near as good as her. It doesn’t resonate. She has something in her that is so unique and is so bold and is so just, I don’t know, so her that I don’t think it’s… I think that’s the only voice I want to hear doing that song is her.
Lori: It was the same way on A Star is Born when we wrote for that movie. It’s really hard singing those songs just because it just doesn’t stand up. It’s way too rangey for me that song, Always Remember Us This Way, but you’re right about how special she is. I mean, you did perform that song once on Saturday Night Live with Lady Gaga which is quite exciting for us to all watch. But, yeah, I know what you mean.
Hillary: that was me singing harmony. That was me singing harmony. I’ll sing harmony on anything, like I said, all day long, but she’s a cool woman. I respect her so, so much.
Love Junkies on Liz Kelly’s song “Ex-Husbands”
“Well I had do that for Tom cause he couldn’t be there, but that song is so much fun to do. And I wasn’t even going to put that on that record and then Mac McAnally said, “oh, you got to do it.” That just came from one of those wine drinking night writes with Emily Shackelton and Jesse Walker and Mickey Guyton and it’s one of those crazy songs that fell out but it was so true to my life.”