If We Were Vampires
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Writer(s): Jason Isbell (see lyrics here)
Released: May 18, 2017
First Charted: December 23, 2017
Peak: 29 AA, 1 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): --
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 5.2 video, 102.6 streaming
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About the Song:
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Jason Isbell was born in 1979 in Green Hill, Alabama. He was a member of the rock band Drive-By Truckers from 2001 to 2007 and then went solo. His first album didn’t chart, but every album after that did – each doing better than its predecessor. His peak came in 2017 with The Nashville Sound reaching #4 on the Billboard album chart. It also won the Grammy for Best Americana Album.
“If We Were Vampires,” which was released as the first single from the album, won a Grammy for Best American Roots Song – an award he also won in 2016 with the song “24 Frames.” The bittersweet tune offers reflections on love and the finite nature of life, saying “Likely one of us will have to spend some days alone / Maybe we’ll get 40 years together / But one day I’ll be gone / Or one day you’ll be gone.”
He explained that the song came about when his wife, fellow singer/songwriter Amanda Shires, nagged him to stop watching Hoarders and write songs since he was going into the studio on Monday. He insisted he had enough songs, but she wouldn’t let up. He ended up writing “If We Were Vampires.” BT
He said, “I’m really grateful to her for lighting the fire under my ass and making me work that day, because that song turned out to be pretty special to a lot of people…The first few times I tried to play it for [Shires]…I couldn’t even get through it. I had to turn around and leae the room and come back in and try again.” BT
First posted 9/22/2022.
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