Parker McCollum’s Late Grandfather Inspired Him To Cut ‘Like a Cowboy’

Parker McCollum may not have had a hand in writing his brand new song “Like a Cowboy,” but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a strong connection to it. The buzzed-about Texas native says the Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson penned song reminds him of his late grandfather, Bobby Yancey.

“When I first heard ‘Like A Cowboy’ I probably listened to it 15 times in a row,” McCollum shares. “It made me think of my Grandpa who would have loved this song. He was one of my best friends and he believed in me so much that I know he’d be happy to see everything that’s happened in my career.”

The song marks McCollum’s first outside cut for the rising star, who believes the soaring ballad encompasses his personality and upbringing.

“And I’d ride like a thief on the run/ And I’d hide from the things that I’ve done/ And I’d fly like the wind to the sunset/ Just like a cowboy should do,” McCollum croons throughout the chorus.

Click above to listen to “Like a Cowboy.”

A native of Austin, Texas, Parker McCollum built a massive fanbase in the Red Dirt scene before moving to Music City where he signed a record deal with MCA Nashville. His debut radio single, “Pretty Heart.” has already raked in over 25 million streams and cracked the Top 40 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song officially goes for adds at country radio on April 27.

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