Song:Don't Ask Me How I Know
Album:Man Like Me
All Nashville songwriters want to be country music stars. Some achieve that and some don't. Bobby Pinson had a top 20 country hit with his 2005 debut single Don't Ask Me How I Know. But he faded quickly and has gone back to songwriting. Pinson was born in Tulsa, OK but he grew up in Texas. His big influence growing up was legendary songwriter Shel Silverstein. But he as also acknowledged Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle as influences. He played high school football. His father was coach. After graduation, he was in the US Army for three years and started playing in bands in California where he was stationed. He met songwriter Larry Boone who suggested Pinson move to Nashvile which he did in 1996. In 1999 he got a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music. Among those who have charted recording Pinson's songs are McHayes, Marty Stuart and Trent Wilmon. Pinson was spotted at a showcase by producer Joe Scaife and that got him a record deal with RCA Records. Man Like Me was his 2005 debut CD. Don't Ask Me How I Know reached #16 on the Country Singles chart. Pinson wrote the song with Bart Butler and Brett Jones. Pinson wrote most of the songs on the album. When subsequent singles didn't do as well, RCA dropped him. Pinson recorded a CD in 2007. But mostly, he has returned to songwriting. He has written frequently with Sugarland and Toby Keith. and he has written songs for Tracy Lawrence, Trent Tomlinson and more recently for Emerson Drive and Aaron Lewis. He was 2009 BMI Songwriter of the Year. Pinson still performs in Nashville. But he is probably better off sticking to songwriting. It's very lucrative and less aggravating. Here's the video for Don't Ask Me How I Know by Bobby Pinson.