Although his name still obtains identified as well as his songwriting design stays conventional, "Dirt on the Container" vocalist David Lee Murphy is the kind of musician whose respectable occupation came before the similar-sounding jobs of a lot larger celebrities.

Murphy"s single No. 1 hit as an entertainer, "Dirt on the Container," appeared in 1994 on his launching cd for MCA Nashville, Out With a Bang That exact same year, an additional chaser of the celebration group went into the general public eye, with Capricorn Records providing the initial Kenny Chesney long-player, In My Wildest Desires In spite of Murphy"s immediate success, he"d ultimately take a rear seat to the rising popularity of Chesney, a similar pal as well as partner in the years to find.


Naturally, a skill like Chesney could"ve climbed to the top without a radio hero leading the way, and also it"s not such as Murphy ended up being unknown after the instantaneous success of "Dirt on the Container." Still, it"s plain to see that Murphy, a musician with a hit that would certainly"ve fit any type of cd from Chesney or Tim McGraw"s occupations, was plainly in advance of his time.

An Acoustic Barroom Fave


Every acoustic singer-songwriter in my university community understood this tune when I was a basic (2004-2008). Whether they likewise sang Chesney"s hits or invited the mainstream arrival of Jack Johnson, these men with an ear for existing songs couldn"t obtain sufficient of a 10-plus-year-old nation struck. And also it"s not such as any one of them found as excavators of deep cuts, looking for less-obvious Dean Dillon make-ups to wow the coffee bar scene. Of course, they enjoyed the track merely since it harmonizes various other barroom sing-alongs from the "aughts.

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The Perfect Songwriter For New Stars


Although Murphy"s solo profession ended up being stop-and-go by the end of the century, his songwriting ended up being crucial to Nashville as brand-new Chesney peers tipped to the leading edge. Along with creating Chesney"s "Staying in Rapid Ahead," "Pirate Flag" and also various other hits, Murphy contributed to tunes for Jason Aldean ("The Only Means I Know," "Big Environment-friendly Tractor") and also Blake Shelton ("The Even More I Consume alcohol"). Murphy"s songwriting, as recorded back in 1994, most definitely matched these pop-accessible megastar"s arsenals.


Murphy launched a cd (co-produced by Chesney) as lately as 2017, making him rather the energetic one-hit-wonder. It makes good sense, however, considering his one hit quite much-predicted c and w"s future.

This blog post was initially released in 2018.

"Dirt on the Container" Verses

Creole Williams lived down a dust roadway

Made self-made white wine like no one I understand

Come by one Friday evening and also stated "Can you aid me, Creole

Obtained a little woman waitin" on me and also I wan na treat her right"

"I obtained what you require boy; it"s sittin" down in the storage"

He got to with the webs

As he activated the light and also stated

"There may be a little dirt on the bottleBut wear"t allow it deceive ya regarding what"s inside