There’s no shortage of great music being made in Texas, by Texans: from slide guitars to 808s, from accordions to distortion pedals, the tapestry of Texas includes the traditions of George Strait, Pantera, UGK, At the Drive-In, and Freddy Fender. Today’s burgeoning artists are tomorrow’s legends, and on the Daily Post’s song premieres, artists explain why their latest tracks are worthy of your time and attention.
This week, Dallas singer-songwriter Eddie Lott brings us “Lucky (Just Won’t Cut It Anymore),” a lonesome duet with singer Sara Houser of Löwin, from his forthcoming album Blame It On My Wild Soul, out September 27. Lott goes deep on explaining the track below:
Texas Monthly: Can you walk us through the songwriting process on this song?
Eddie Lott: It was my 32nd, and my friend Leslie Sakal, who’s an amazing songwriter in Dallas, had just come over to run through some stuff for a show we were doing at the AllGood Café in Deep Ellum that weekend. It was my first show in 13 years. When she left, I was super inspired. I started writing what later became “From This Day On,” which is also on the record, and as I wrote that song the words to “Lucky” kind of popped out simultaneously. It was obvious to me at the time that the words to “Lucky” had nothing to do with the words to “From This Day On,” so I kept them on separate pages and forgot about the ones to “Lucky” until later. It was definitely a super undeliberate song—unlike “From This Day On,” which took me a couple of more days to write.
TM: When did you know that this song was finished?
EL: When I came across the words a week or two later. I was like, oh my gosh, there’s a whole song here. Lyrics-wise, chorus, and everything! What is this thing? It was obviously destined to be one of those old, sweet crooner-type songs, so I put a G+D+C chord structure on it, named it after the chorus—which I never do—and voilà! I didn’t take the song very seriously at the time since it was basically a creative bi-product of “From This Day On,” so there wasn’t really any second-guessing myself after I decided it was done.
TM: Is this the best song you’ve ever written?
EL: Oh my gosh, no.
TM: What do you think people should be doing while they listen to this song?
EL: I guess either paying close attention to the lyrics or not paying close attention to the vocal performances on the first and third verses. Whoops.
TM: If you had to compare this song to a food, what food would that be?
EL: Something sweet and honest, deep but mindless, and very instant. It’d be… instant pecan pie.