“Riding with Private Malone” is a song written by Wood Newton and Thom Shepherd, and recorded by American country music artist David Ball. It was released in August 2001 as the first single from his album Amigo. The song reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts (now Hot Country Songs) chart, and #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Ball’s first Top 40 country hit since “Look What Followed Me Home” in 1995. USA Today referred to it as “the country song that tapped most subtly and profoundly into the emotions of its audience” after the September 11 attacks, even though it was released to radio a few weeks before the attacks.
Debuted at number 55 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of September 8, 2001. Having reached the top 10 by year’s end, it was the second independently distributed single to make the country top 10 that year (the first being Mark McGuinn’s “Mrs. Steven Rudy”), making 2001 the first year since 1983 to produce two independently distributed top 10 hits.
From the album Amigo
B-side “Missing Her Blues”
Released August 13, 2001
Recorded May 9, 2001
Songwriter(s) Wood Newton. Thom Shepherd
Producer(s) Wood Newton