Lisbon songwriter may have penned state’s country song

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — As of today, the State of Ohio doesn’t have an official country music song, but that could change.

Zach Paxson, a singer-songwriter from Lisbon wrote a song called “Ohio” that State Rep. Nick Barborak, D-Lisbon, thinks would be a perfect choice. Paxson has performed the song across the state, including at the Statehouse, and Barborak loved the song so much he has proposed House Bill 330, which would make Paxson’s song the state’s official country song.

“I felt it was fitting. When you hear the song and see the reaction of the fans, it truly represents Ohio,” Barborak said.

Paxson wrote it after going to an Ohio State Buckeyes football game in Austin, Texas. He was blown away by the dedication of the “Buckeye Nation” fans.

“This was the first time I had ever been away from Ohio and I felt that sense of Ohio pride that far away from home,” Paxson said. “It’s a dream come true to have that be proposed as a state’s official country song.”

He said the song is about Ohio and he wrote it for Ohioans to show that Ohio is a good place to be and a good place to call home.

House Bill 330 hasn’t been voted on yet and even if his song doesn’t make its way into the Ohio Revised Code, Paxson plans to continue doing what he loves.

“It’s something that I will do for the rest of my life, regardless if anybody has ever heard them or not, I will always be writing songs,” Paxson said.

Paxson’s music can be found in the iTunes store or by visiting his website.

He is in the process of working on his third album with Rick Beato, a music producer in Georgia. Beato has worked with Shinedown, Phish, Creed and country music group Parmalee. He is hoping to release his third album later this year.

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