The Summer of 2010: “Pray for You”
Cat Country 107.3 turns 20 years old this summer. Let's look at back one of the most memorable songs of the past two decades for us.
It was at the end of 2009 that Jaron Lowenstein, under the name "Jaron and the Long Road to Love," released a song that was red hot by that following summer, "Pray for You."
If you're not familiar with the song, give it a listen...
With lyrics like, "I pray your brakes go out runnin' down a hill, I pray and flower pot falls from a window sill, And knocks you in the head like I'd like to," the song quickly became our most requested song of that time -- to the point where, as far as I'm concerned, it defined the summer of 2010 for us. While "Pray For You" peaked at #13 on the country charts nationally, it felt like (and was) a number one smash here in South Jersey.
The cool part about country music singers is that just about all of them are very down to earth and approachable. Jaron was no exception. While he had a huge hit on his hands, I reached out to him on Facebook and we started talking all of the time. Like, practically everyday.
We reached out to Jaron and asked him if he would come to town to do a Cat Country Backyard BBQ and on June 16, 2010, he did. Before he hit the road to party with us, Jaron spent a good deal of time in studio with me that afternoon and not only did an acoustic version of "Pray For You," but he also customized it with my name in the middle of it (thank you, Jaron).
About a year or two later, Jaron performed at the Deerfield Township Harvest Festival with his band, The Cordovas. I stopped by to see him and we picked-up right where we left off.
Oh -- and if you want to know just how cool of a guy Jaron is, he covered "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears and included a Cat Country coffee mug in his video...
Thank you, Jaron!