Ben Gallaher wants you to know that despite the dynamics of the world today, there are still a few “cowboys” left out there.
The budding country singer is celebrating the best characteristics cowboys represent in his new single “Still A Few Cowboys Left,” which is available now on all streaming platforms.
Co-written with Neil Thrasher and Tony Martin, the drum-driven tune celebrates faith, family and hard work, which are qualities that all country music fans can relate to.
“I believe we all have a little cowboy in us. In the literal sense, I’m not a cowboy — but figuratively speaking — I have a lot of cowboy in me,” Gallaher tells Celeb Secrets Country in an exclusive interview. “To me, what makes a cowboy is not the way you look or the place you live, but the type of person you are. It’s the direction you are headed — grit, integrity, and character. It’s getting knocked off and getting back on again. This song also nods to women that there are still men who put faith, family, and hardwork as the roots of their life.”
Along with “Still A Few Cowboys Left,” Gallaher released an accompanying B-side track on Friday (August 26) titled “Quote the Bible,” which he tells CS Country is a song that he wrote about his father.
The new tracks are a taste of what listeners can expect from the artist’s debut full-length project that’s expected to drop sometime this year. Describing it as “authentic, edgy and passionate,” Gallaher says that his upcoming full-length record can be compared to “a winding road.”
“I look at a full-length record as a winding road. A musical journey that’s centered around the lyrics. Some songs are up-hill and some songs are down-hill. But there’s a cohesiveness that binds them all together to make a full record. That’s what fans can expect,” he told us earlier this year.
CS Country sat down with Ben (virtually) to talk all about “Still A Few Cowboys Left” — it’s creative process and why he’s releasing it now, plus secrets from the recording studio that we wouldn’t know just by listening to it. Plus, the budding country crooner teases his upcoming record.
Keep scrolling for the full Q&A and take a listen to “Still A Few Cowboys Left” below. Don’t forget to let us know if you’re loving the song by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
You can connect with Ben by giving him a follow on Instagram at @ben_gallaher.
Celeb Secrets Country: Can you dive into the song’s creative process — what was it like writing and recording it?
Ben Gallaher: “I wrote ‘Still a Few Cowboys Left’ with Tony Martin and Neil Thrasher. The song was produced by Neil and Patrick Thrasher. For years, we talked about going into the studio together and it finally worked out for this song. This song is especially close to Neil and I since we both co-wrote it as well as cut it together.”
CSC: We know you have a lot of songs in the bank, but what made this one so special that you wanted to release it now?
BG: “Of all the songs I write, sometimes certain songs just raise their hand at the right time and this was one of them. My whole team loved it and fans really reacted to it live.”
CSC: What’s the overall message that you want people to take from listening to “Still A Few Cowboys Left?”
BG: “I believe we all have a little cowboy in us. In the literal sense, I’m not a cowboy — but figuratively speaking — I have a lot of cowboy in me. To me, what makes a cowboy is not the way you look or the place you live, but the type of person you are. It’s the direction you are headed–grit, integrity, and character. It’s getting knocked off and getting back on again. This song also nods to women that there are still men who put faith, family, and hardwork as the roots of their life.”
CSC: We know that more music is on the way for you, so is “Still A Few Cowboys Left” a taste of what we can expect from that new music?
BG: “It is! The B-side to ‘Still a Few Cowboys Left’ is a special song to me called, ‘Quote the Bible’ that I wrote about my Dad.”
CSC: What else can you tease regarding upcoming projects? i.e. any announcements, touring plans etc.
BG: “‘Still a Few Cowboys Left'” music video coming soon! As well as the full length record!”
CSC: Do you have any goals you’d like to achieve in 2022?
BG: “Just to keep touring and playing our new music live!”
CSC: Since we’re Celeb Secrets, what’s a behind-the-scenes secret from making “Still A Few Cowboys Left” that we wouldn’t know just by listening to it?
BG: “I remember the night I laid down the lead guitars for it, I wasn’t sure where exactly I wanted the solo to go musically. I had played a few options but I wasn’t sold yet. Neil said something like, ‘Man, just play what you feel.’ That next take was totally off the cuff and it ended up being the take we used as the solo. It was a cool, spontaneous moment in the middle of the night at the studio.”