Billy Currington’s “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To”: Musical Insights

In the “Musical Insights” series, country artists share their thoughts on some of their most popular tunes.

Billy Currington has scored a #1 hit with his latest single, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” but says the way it got written was kind of an accident!

“A buddy of mine named Shy Carter called me up,” Billy recalls in a statement from his label. “He says, ‘Well I’m over here with Cary Barlowe, here at your old publishing company, Major Bob”, the first company that gave me a publishing deal. He says, ‘Why don’t you stop by and say hello?’


“So I pulled in, walked in, and we got to talking a little bit and it wasn’t long Cary started playing that guitar that you hear on the project,” Billy continues. “That melody, he started playing that melody. I don’t know what it was, I just started singing, singing lyrics, they just started coming out and Shy [was] like ‘Man, let’s write this down, let’s finish this’.

“Within a couple of hours we had finished the song and…I ain’t wrote a song in quite a while before that so it was nice to kinda get back into writing songs again and getting one on my own album.”

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