Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
Randy Houser‘s current single “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” is climbing the charts amping up over radio airwaves, where it’s currently No. 10 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Radio.com sat down with the singer to learn the story behind his first time — on the receiver, that is.
“The first time I heard my song on the radio was in the front yard of my buddy Rob Hatchett’s house,” Houser recalled. “It was me and Jamey Johnson sitting in my truck. I had just hit the Top 40 with ‘Anything Goes’ and he was probably in the 30s with ‘In Color.'”
Houser knew his song was about to play and went out to his car to hear it for the very first time on the radio.
“I said, ‘Jamey, let’s go out here. My song’s about to come on the countdown. It’s the first time I’ve actually heard it,'” he said.
So Houser and Johnson sat in his car listening to his debut single “Anything Goes” on the radio and a flood of memories rushed passed him.
“[I was] remembering learning to play the guitar as a small child. My daddy teaching me chords and all the nights I spent in my bedroom playing that guitar and singing and learning how to play and sing. Then learning how to write songs,” he said. “All those clubs that I played for so many years. Learning how to work a crowd and learning how to play with a band and all of those things that I did all through my teenage years. Just years and years of experiences really flooded my mind. Things that I had forgotten about really came to the surface. It was just a really amazing experience.”
Houser said the memories come back every time he hears a new song of his on the radio.
“I’ll have a different memory come to mind [each time]. It’s exciting every time you hear your song on the radio. It should be. I think if it gets to the point where that’s not cool, then that’s not cool,” he said.