From the recording Nickel Beer
One trick I learned from the songwriting pros in Nashville is to keep a “hook book” close by all the time. Good songs are about turning interesting, and sometimes unusual phrases. Many of these phrases come from regular people in everyday conversation. So, a “hook book” collects what you hear and becomes a source for ideas when you sit down to write a song. A member of my band, Greg Newlon, was coming over one Saturday morning to see if we could write a song together. He paged through my “hook book” and saw the phrase, Nickel Beer. Greg pulled out his guitar and wrote the first verse on the spot. We pulled in some Southern references on the bridge and I wrote the second verse the next day. Audiences love to sing along to this raucous drinking song.