Chris Janson wants to be rich. As the song goes, money can't buy happiness, but it will buy him a boat. "Buy Me a Boat," which name checks Warren Buffett and explains his dreams of coming into some cash, became Janson's breakout hit without any support.
Janson was unsigned when he recorded and released the song, but influential country DJ Bobby Bones played it on his syndicated radio show.
"It's not often that I play completely untested, unsigned artists — because it's not really good for ratings," Bones told Rolling Stone. "They like to hear the hits that they know and they've been downloading. But I thought the song was so good, I said screw it."
"Buy Me a Boat" blew up. It eventually hit No. 1 on iTunes' overall sales charts and No. 2 on Billboard's country albums chart.
Janson signed to Warner Bros. Nashville and released his debut album. "Buy Me a Boat" includes the album's titular single as well as "Power of Positive Drinkin'," another light-hearted party song.
"I simply just quickly, honestly went through songs that I thought were good for it, songs that I liked and loved and wanted to sing," Janson told TasteOfCountry.com. "I didn't want to record anything that I wouldn't want to play live, because my live show has always been such a staple in my career, and my fans expect that."