In case you missed it, Budweiser staged a so-called “Made in America Festival” over Labor Day weekend headlined by Jay-Z and Beyoncé, with about a gazillion others. I’ve heard of very few beyond the headliners (call it an age thing), but my personal favorite band name was Diarrhea Planet– perhaps the spiritual heirs of one hit wonders The Electric Prunes from my childhood. Even more amusing is the claim Budweiser makes to being “Made in America.” Today’s Bud is brewed at 20 foreign locations, compared to 12 within our borders.
I know this because I wrote a song called “Made in America” that gave a shout to 37 famous products (including rival Miller Beer) that still come by the label honestly, and not surprisingly, this is a mighty small list. But it pays– at least in recognition– to sing American: My song just won an Honorable Mention from among thousands in the international Song of the Year contest. I’d like to thank my Chicago friend Lance Brown for recording and tasty lead guitar, and Mineral Point, Wisconsin’s Dave Hopper for additional recording and Lori Jones for background vocals.
Have a listen on the following link and be sure to give me a holler if you’re a music industry exec seeking the next hit for your client in Nashville, Austin, New York, L.A.– anywhere but China.