Singer/songwriter Brian Mackey has announced his forthcoming LP, Good Morning Ireland, with the release of a new single, “My Only Friend.” During a routine soundcheck before a show at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a sound emerged from the right side of the stage, a happy ditty from Mackey’s friend and guitar lord, Jeff King (Brooks & Dunn, Reba McIntyre).
“I was so happy to have a show that wasn’t 2500 miles away from home for once, and I was happy to be playing somewhere with him because he’s one of those people that has the natural ability to make you breathless with laughter,” Mackey recalls. “Jeff started playing, and we were looking at the line forming outside the front window. I declared, ‘It’s good to be here again, I hope this feeling never ends, so great that you’re around me now.’ It was a true statement, and so the song was written.”
The track also features Jeff King's wife, Tammy King, a singer/songwriter and fiddler (Steeldrivers, Chris Stapleton), along with his daughter Delana King, who added her beautiful, sweet-and-no-pretense-style harmonies.
“My Only Friend” follows Mackey’s powerful single "Saturday Night Sleeping," released in May 2021, Mental Health Awareness month. The song was about his son who lost his life to opioid addiction in 2018. Mackey partnered with The Recording Academy’s nonprofit MusiCaresⓇ to donate the proceeds from the single towards treating substance abuse. Both songs appear on Good Morning Ireland, to be released in Spring 2022.