"This episode with Billy Ray Cyrus showcases what 'The Collection' is all about," says Sarah Trahern, senior vice president of programming for GAC. "As he reflects on the making of the videos, we learn about the good and sometimes bittersweet memories Billy Ray associates with his songs and career."
As Cyrus views the final versions of his videos such as "Trail of Tears," "We the People" and "Always Sixteen," for the first time, viewers get the inside scoop on video location shoots, cameo appearances from family members and other recording artists, and why having his songs used in political campaigns makes people consider him a "red and blue state man." Cyrus shares his feelings about his songs with behind-the-scenes stories that include how the monumental break-out hit, "Achy Breaky Heart," got its name.
"At the time (I recorded the song) it was still named 'Don't Tell My Heart' but I told the record company that every time someone requested the song they'd say, 'Play that achy breaky song,'" recalls Cyrus. "I told them I think that might be the name of the song and they agreed."
It's all laughs when Cody and Cyrus approach the topic of New York Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, whom Cyrus admits was the inspiration for the song on his new album, "I Want My Mullet Back," and the one celebrity he's often told he resembles in terms of looks. Cyrus closes out the discussion of his new album by premiering "Wanna Be Your Joe" with an explanation of why he wrote the song.
"I just wanted to write a song that represented blue collar love," he says. "I asked myself why are there are so many shows with the name 'Joe' in it, and I realized every woman is just looking for her Joe. They want a man that's honest, works hard, loves his wife and loves his kids."
To catch the world premiere of "Wanna Be Your Joe" and "The Collection," tune in to GAC on Wednesday, August 2 at 9 p.m. ET and again on Sunday, August 6 at 8 p.m. ET. After the world premiere, "Wanna Be Your Joe" will be added into the GAC video rotation.
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