Song Written in Collaboration by Steve Wariner, Bobby Tomberlin and Dottie West
Classic Country trailblazer and soon to be fifty-four year member of the Grand Ole Opry®, Jeannie Seely, has released “If You Could Call It That” to radio off of her highly-acclaimed album, An American Classic, on Curb Records. Digital downloads, streaming and physical copies of An American Classic are available on all digital music platforms here and can be downloaded for airplay from MPE.
Listen to Jeannie Seely talking about the song below:
“If You Could Call It That” was recorded by Jeannie Seely and Steve Wariner and written from a song Dottie West started in a notebook before her death in 1991. Co-written by Curb | Word Music Publishing’s Bobby Tomberlin and award-winning singer/songwriter/storyteller Steve Wariner, who toured with Dottie, finished the song and gave Jeannie Seely, who was a very close friend with Dottie West, the opportunity to record the tune.
“I am elated more fans will hear ‘If You Could Call It That’ through country radio. Jeannie Seely is a country legend, and she’s been reunited with her longtime friend Dottie West through the writing process of this song,” co-writer Steve Wariner shared. “I am extremely honored and humbled to be a part of this.”
“Being a part of this song has been one of the highlights of my career. I didn’t know Dottie West, so when given the opportunity to work on a song that she started, I reached out to Steve, who had a long history with Dottie, to help finish it,” shared co-writer Bobby Tomberlin. “Then, to have Dottie’s friend, Jeannie, record the song was just icing on the cake. How cool to have a new Dottie West song out there!”
“I simply don’t know how I would have stood it to hear someone else do this song,” exclaimed Jeannie Seely. “I am so grateful they allowed me to record it. There were times in the studio I could almost feel Dottie’s presence, certainly I could hear her voice, and I think I just sang it for her.”
“… I get up every morning
Have my coffee, gather my things
Jump right in that same old traffic
Welcome to my routine
Down at work I hear a voice
“How you doin?’” someone asks
I just go on living
If you could call it that
Five o’clock it rolls around
I meet up with some friends
I fake some smiles and all the while
It’s just pretend
Another glass of wine
A few more jokes
I’m having a blast
I just go on living if you could call it that …”
The Executive Producer for the project is Jim Ed Norman for Curb Productions, Inc. The idea for the project was curated by Don Cusic who oversaw production.
About Jeannie Seely:
Country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul,” a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. Jeannie takes much pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights. In 2017, Jeannie celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, consisting entirely of songs she’s written, Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. In his 2003 book “Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music,” music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities,” and that statement still holds true. Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at www.jeannieseely.com.
About Curb Records:
Celebrating 57 years in business, Curb Records is one of the world’s leading independent music companies. Owned and operated by Mike Curb since 1964, Curb Records has achieved 435 number one records, over 1,500 Top Ten records and charted over 4,500 total records. With over a half-century in operation, Curb Records has been influential in the careers of some of the biggest names in music, including: Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, Jr., Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes, The Judds, Dylan Scott, Sawyer Brown, Wynonna, Lyle Lovett, Jo Dee Messina, Hal Ketchum and Desert Rose Band, among many others. Today’s roster includes some of the top names across multiple genres of music. For more information, visit www.curb.com.