Billy Currington has always let out a steady stream of quality music that manages to be both meaningful and commercially successful. When he remembers it exists, anyways.
Currington recently told Rolling Stone how his new single “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” almost faded away into obscurity when he forgot he wrote it. In fact, if it hadn’t been for his manager finding a recording of the track and insisting it end up on his new album Summer Forever, we’d never have heard it either.
Currington wrote “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” with fellow writers Shy Carter and Cary Barlowe in between studio sessions, but pretty much shelved it when it was done.
“It was just something magical that never happens to me in the songwriting world that easy and that fast,” says Currington. “It was a blessing, and maybe the fact that it did it that way was the reason I never played the song for anyone. I basically put it on the shelf and just moved on.”
But upon further review, Currington realized it had a lot of potential, and by the time he and producer Dann Huff were done with it, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” felt like a staple on the album. Currington just sent it to radio as the third single off Summer Forever, which was released in June 2015 and has already produced the No. 1 tune “Don’t It.”
Three weeks in, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” currently sits at No. 49 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts.
From his hit (and somewhat surprising, given his relative obscurity) duet with Shania Twain in 2004 (“Party For Two”) to 2009’s now classic “People Are Crazy,” Currington has always found a way to find himself on the right side of country trends. With 10 No. 1 singles and a steady touring career since 2003, he’s quietly one of country’s most reliable and successful male artists.
Check out “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” below.