Blake Shelton is the biggest star in country right now.
He’s got a new single out and there are multiple levels of interest on this one. Let’s get right into it.
Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton
Let’s start out with Blake and the song.
It’s a hit. In fact, it’s going to be a smash hit. Blake is riding a string of number ones dating all the way back to Hillbilly Bone in 2009. This one is sure to be the 9th number one in a row. In today’s country music world that’s really quite an accomplishment. I think Alabama still has the record for most number ones in a row with something ridiculous like 25 or something.
By now everybody knows that Blake has a rough side. He’s still a country boy at heart even if he’s been spending some time in Hollywood. He’s got his country roots and there’s no denying it. That’s why this song works for him. It’s about those country boys and how they live. It’s also about all the girls that love those country boys.
What really makes this song interesting is how it’s kind of part of the new country rap movement.
The style may sound familiar to a few songs out there right now. The reason you’re probably thinking that is because Thomas Rhett had a hand in writing this one. He’s going to have quite the year with Jason Aldean taking 1994 up the charts. That song and this one should race each other up to the top spot on the charts. Thomas Rhett could ride that momentum to the top with his own songs later in the year. Update: Song written by Rhett Akins and not by his son Thomas Rhett (Akins)
The red, red, red redneck and the chew tobacco, chew tobacco parts are dead giveaways on the style TR is bringing to country. I love it. You can’t beat a catchy hook and he knows how to spin it.
The part that won’t make the radio version is the part that rhymes with legit and spit in the chorus. They’ll work around it though.
Finally, do you recognize the voices in the background? It’s none other than the Pistol Annies. Great addition to the track. It adds another level of interest.
This could be one of the biggest singles of the year. Blake is on a roll and so are the others associated with the song.
What do you think?
Chart Estimate: #1
CML Points: 86/100
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I really like the lyrics, but I don’t know about that rap, it’s country.
I like this song and its style alot, but would love to use it for Line Dancing groups that I lead. I can’t use songs with foul words, so the radio edit version is what I would like to find. I haven’t been able to locate it.
Is there anyone out there who can tell me where to purchase the “radio edit” version?