Calgary-born Bobby Wills is a newcomer to the Canadian country world, but his debut single “Show Some Respect” has been all over Canada in 2012.
“Show Some Respect” was written with Walt Aldridge (Conway Twitty, Travis Tritt, Tim McGraw) and Mike Pyle. Pyle produced Wills‘ forthcoming CD, If it Was That Easy. The song was written during a ski weekend in Vale, Colorado.
“We were talking about college football,” says Wills, “and Auburn and Alabama are big rivals, as you probably know. Now, at Auburn they celebrate all their wins at a place called Toomer’s Corner. There are these 100-year old trees there, and an Alabama fan went over there and poisoned the trees. It completely destroyed a longstanding tradition. There was just no respect. It’s one thing to do goofy things and cheer on your team, but it’s another thing to be disrespectful. That got us talking about respect and that’s how the song got started.”
Drawing on personal experience, Wills worked in verses about the jacked-up pick up trucks of his youth and his grandfather’s pocket knife.
“The special part for me is the part about the old case pocket knife. My grandfather used to whistles out of poplar trees. He’d whittle and tell us stories when we were kids. We knew it just had to be in the song. My grandfather was a big part of my life,” says Wills.
Wills‘ next single, “Somebody Will“, came from a conversation with his daughter. A father of three, Wills says, “[My daughter] came out of a dance class and she was disappointed. Somebody in her life told her that dancing is not a real job and that she could enjoy dancing but not to expect to dance for the rest of her life.
“I thought, now wait a minute. Isn’t somebody somewhere a dancer? Broadway’s full of dancers! It requires hard work, dedication, but it’s not a question of can it be done, it’s a question of do you want it enough to make it happen. That’s where the title ‘Somebody Will‘ came from.”
The success of “Show Some Respect” has packed Wills‘ schedule with promotional opportunities and live dates. He says, “The album drops in October, the single ‘Somebody Will‘ is following [the release]. When that single drops we have some radio stuff that’s happening. That’ll happen between October and February.”
For now, Wills will take the rest of the summer to write and prepare for his album release. Stay tuned to his official website for tour dates and release information.