Brandon Lay was heading home from a gig one evening when a new melody swirled its way into his head. Without taking his eyes off the road, the country-rocker grabbed his iPhone and got to work.
“I didn’t have any lyrics yet, so I was just humming, ‘yada yada yada’ as dummy lyrics,” he remembers. “A few days later, I was in a writing room with the voice memo, and [songwriters] Mikey Reeves and Heather Morgan thought that would make a pretty good title in itself, so we went with it.”
The result is “Yada Yada Yada,” a breezy, unruffled look at the way young love makes nonsense of all other concerns. In this performance, Lay and his four-piece band swap their electric guitars for acoustics, performing a stripped-down version of the song in the dressing room of Nashville’s longest-standing rock club, the Exit/In. Driven forward by the percussive pulse of a suitcase subbing in for a traditional kick drum, the song builds its way toward a simple chorus that’s primed for audience sing-alongs.
Lay and company will put “Yada Yada Yada,” off his upcoming debut LP, to the test this spring. Currently on the road with Old Dominion, the singer of “Speakers, Bleachers and Preachers” will join Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour in April. The tour cuts a cross-country path throughout the summer months, eventually coming to a stop at Massachusetts’ Gillette Stadium on August 24th.