Colby Acuff Chases Down A Song In ‘Movin’ (Review)
You only have one shot at this life, so might as well take the plunge. That’s the sentiment engrained in Colby Acuff’s “Movin’,” a rollicking travelin’ tune about his move from Idaho to Nashville. The bright lights couldn’t keep him away.
Written with Ben Roberts and Ben Chapman, the song chugs along as it mimics the wind whistling by on the interstate highway. “Just chasing down a song,” he sings. His scruffy voice hypnotizes, accompanied by simple guitar, piano, and violin. It’s the perfect storm for a timeless ode to dream-chasing and living in the moment. “You’ve jut gotta jump right in like you ain’t got nothing to lose,” he adds.
Acuff made the big move with his girlfriend, and the two set off for a brand new life. “[She] and I have never not lived in Idaho, and this song tells the story about our new journey in Tennessee,” he shares in a press statement. “The write was at Ben Chapman’s house and was one of my very first writes in Nashville, and one of my very first co-writes ever. It came at a time when I was debating on whether I should leave Idaho and make Nashville my new home.”
Listen to “Movin’” below.
“Movin’” comes on the heels of his newest record, Western White Pines, released earlier this summer. Where the fresh track goes for an acoustic shimmer, “some of the songs on the record were a little more complex from a production sense,” he says, “but we kept this song really simple and wanted to drive home the message.”
Acuff’s story is like most musicians. He was surrounded by music growing up, learned piano, drums, and guitar, and was writing songs by 15. A fourth-generation Idaho native, he draws musical influence from the likes of Flatt & Scruggs, Waylon Jennings, and even Tyler Childers. While he’s seen great success – he now boats one million Spotify monthly listeners – he makes it clear he doesn’t write for country radio.
“You’ve got two options: you can make music for you and the people who are gonna hear it, or you can make music for the people who are gonna pay for it,” he says. “And I always lean toward making music for you and your fans.”