Country music song features Goodyear employees


Reporter - Jason Hibbs
Photojournalist - Mason Watkins

OBION COUNTY, Tenn. — A new song features Union City, Tennessee Goodyear employees, giving these local voices a national stage to confront serious issues our country faces right now like unemployment and finding work in a bad economy.

Ronnie Dunn, formerly of Brooks and Dunn, sings this song and the songwriter is Phillip Coleman, who grew up in Obion County and told Local 6 crews were shooting the music video in Nashville but the footage just wasn't right. He told producers he knew exactly where to go.

Radio personality and Union City Mayor Terry Hailey plays a new song all about his town.

"I guess if there's a place that the song actually hits home, it's here," Hailey said.

This version, like the one in the music video, features people from the area.

"The song reminds us of just how serious it actually is," Hailey said.

It's about a factory shutting down and laid off employees looking for work. Some of them happen to be old friends of songwriter Phillip Coleman.

"This song, I knew when I wrote it, this is special. This is the one I've been waiting for all my life," songwriter Phillip Coleman said.

Coleman's father Kenneth is in the song. The 82-year-old said he likes the song.

"I'm proud of this part of the country, born and raised here," Kenneth Coleman says.

He's glad the story of Goodyear and the people who worked there got to be told.

The album was released on June 7. Since then, it's climbed to number 26 on Billboard's country music chart.

If you'd like to see the music video featuring Goodyear employees or listen to the entire interview with songwriter Phillip Coleman, follow the links.