By Annie Reuter
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.
Jerrod Niemann is currently celebrating his second week at the top of the charts with his single “Drink to That All Night.” In an interview with Radio.com before his album High Noon was released, Niemann recalled the very first time he heard one of his songs on the radio.
“I was in California, we were doing the radio tour,” he told Radio.com. “We were going all the way from San Diego to San Francisco within a couple days. We had just left Bakersfield. I was in a car with a friend of mine that worked at our record label at the time, and she was driving, and the gas light came on.”
“We were looking for a gas station,” he continued. “All of a sudden ‘Lover, Lover’ came on and we got so excited we cranked it up and we had the windows rolled down. It was one of those really surreal, cool moments, and then we just forgot about the gas completely. So we ran out of gas, and I had to walk a long way to a call box, and some guy showed up with five gallons of gas and it cost $100.”
While the gas put a dent in his wallet, he didn’t mind.
“It was worth it though. To hear the song for the first time,” Niemann said.