While Greg Freeman is mostly known for his songwriting, particularly in the southern gospel field, Greg believes that songwriters are duty bound to write about the things that inspire them, stir their emotions, provoke some thought, or otherwise keep them up at night. "My faith in Christ hugely influences what I write about, but life and all its ups and downs, its complexities, its conflicts, all play a part in my songs' content," Freeman says. "Some of my songs are directly about Jesus. Others are no less relevant just because they're not." Freeman, the co-writer of "I Owe You Everything," recorded by the Collingsworth Family in 2021 on Gatiher Music, began working on "When Dad and I Went Fishin'" prior to his father's passing in November 2019 and revisited the song in the summer of 2021, turning what started out as a guitar-vocal demo in 2019 into a full track. A video followed in the fall of 2021.
"I confess my dad and I didn't really do a lot of fishing when I was a kid," Freeman says, "but we did a lot of other things together that afforded us opportunities to bond and learn from each other." Freeman continues, "So many dads are not present in their kids' lives, and so many kids have never known what it's like to have a father figure. Already, 'When Dad and I Went Fishin'' has received a positive response from guys who have shared stories of fishing with their dads, and I've heard from young dads who are making memories with their kids. I love how the song is resonating. If it causes some older men to re-examine whether they need to mend fences with their sons and daughters, or prompts some younger dads to devote more time to their children, then I've fulfilled my role as an artist and songwriter."
"When Dad and I Went Fishin'" was produced by Freeman's longtime friend and producer, Art Bain. Art was moved by the song, as he shared a memory of fishing with his late father back home in Texas. Art's son, Alex, a frequent contributor to Greg Freeman projects on acoustic guitar, was equally stirred by the song. "To work with this father-son combination and see the song evoke different, yet powerful, reactions from both reassured me that I have something special here," Freeman says. "I was further excited to enlist the help of Caleb Gilbreath on drums and percussion. Based in Nashville, Caleb tours with Warner Bros. artist Brett Eldredge. "