How a Dallas Dive Bar Could Leave Country ‘Hung Up’ On Troy Cartwright

“Hung Up” is a tale of two cities that conferenced in a third, as a budding singer-songwriter who opened for a handful of Texas red-dirt acts met up to write for the first time with an Atlanta-bred married couple, known professionally as the production team Yacht Money. Cartwright brought his typical guitar-and-vocal songwriting approach to a 2017 co-write at the Nashville-area home of the Yacht club, Solomon and Lauren Olds, who spin hip-hop, pop and EDM into an unpredictable sonic mélange.

Coming shortly after Cartwright relocated from Dallas, the writing session yielded music that’s squarely in the middle of the spectrum between their pop and his country.

“We just wanted to write something that was catchy and fun,” says Cartwright. “I had this title basically, and it was a true story. There was this girl that I was hung up on, that I really couldn’t stop thinking about. Some years had gone by and she was still kind of running around my head, and we made this little song.”

The Olds supplied a foundational track, and Lauren developed a melody to go with it. Cartwright gave voice to the girl out of his past, though Solomon encouraged him to tweak that voice and cling more tightly to the country half of the extremes they were melding.

“He was coming from an Americana type of vibe,” recalls Solomon. “I was like, ‘You’re from Texas, right? Can you sound like you’re more from Texas?’ Like, ‘Can you make this more country than singing like Tom Petty?’ I think he just dug down deep, thinking about singing at the bar that we’re talking about.”

The bar is the Lakewood Landing, a burger joint that The Dallas Observer has hailed for fielding the city’s best jukebox, with selections ranging from honky-tonk legend Ernest Tubb to alt-rock band The Pixies.

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