Tyler Braden Answers Whether Or Not Exes Can Be “Friends” in New Song

“I’ve been confident since the first time I played it that this song really is something special, and I hope listeners feel the same,” Braden explained of “Friends.”

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Posted on September 2, 2023

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Tyler Braden considers venturing into the friend zone in his highly relatable newly-released song “Friends.” Out now (Friday, Sept. 1), the track has already become a standout among the country rocker’s fan base.

Produced by Randy Montana and written by Montana with Lynn Hutton and Brent Anderson, the aptly-titled “Friends” finds Braden begging many of the questions that have come across people’s minds after they go through a breakup where an ex makes the suggestion of staying friends, despite a romance that took place days prior.

Looking ahead at his newfound single status, Braden asks his former flame, “Do we catch up over coffee” or “Do you call me in the middle of the night?

Listen To Tyler Braden’s New Song “Friends” Below

Although he’s curious about the future, Braden can’t help but take a step back and retract his friendship arrangement with the girl, as he believes their history will make it impossible to have a non-romantic relationship. 

It all looks good on paper, but it just don’t sound right to me / When you say you want to be friends,” Braden analyzes the situation before digging into the two’s past. “Like I’ve never seen you crawl across my bed / Like ‘I Love You’’s something we ain’t ever said so honestly / Baby I don’t see any way you and me are ever gonna be friends.”

With too heavy of a heartbreak to bare the thought of testing the waters and seeing his ex dating other people, Braden continues to give all the reasons that keeping in touch with her would be a bad idea. “I mean, did you think we’d get together maybe every now and then / And just bury all those memories / Put a smile on and pretend that we’re just friends,” he sings. Braden’s gritty vocals bring the emotion of the lyrics to life as he tackles the aching lyrics over the rock-tinged sounds that he is known for.

Delivered Live Debut At 2023 C2C: Country To Country

Braden first debuted a live version of “Friends” earlier this year across the pond in Europe’s London, Scotland, and Ireland during the 2023 C2C: Country to Country Music Festival, which took place in the beginning month of November. 

“Honestly, this could be the most excited I’ve been for a release thus far,” the Alabama native shared of the song in a press release. “And that’s strictly because of the love fans have shown for this song. We’ve gotten a lot of great feedback at both live shows and through social media, and there seems to be a lot of people that are pumped to hear this one.”

He continued, “Thanks to the writers – Randy Montana, Lynn Hutton, and Brent Anderson – and to Randy for producing it. I’m proud to get to play a role in ‘Friends’ by delivering it to the world. I’ve been confident since the first time I played it that this song really is something special, and I hope listeners feel the same.”

Tyler Braden; Photo Provided
Tyler Braden; Photo Provided

New Song Follows Tyler Braden’s One Take Sessions: Vol. 1

“Friends” follows Braden’s five-track EP One Take Sessions: Vol. 1, which he recorded at Warner Studios in Nashville. The project features him doing a stripped-down take on songs, including his SiriusXM The Highway hit and debut single “Try Losing One,” songs “Middle Man” and “Wrong Right Now, and covers “Iris” and “Don’t Take The Girl.”

Prior to releasing One Take Sessions: Vol. 1, Tyler Braden released his EP, Neon Grave.

Additionally, Tyler Braden recently wrapped up his last show date on Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour. For a full listing of upcoming tour dates from Braden visit his official website HERE

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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