problem: the “country music’s year of the woman” pieces are already coming in, but here’s a screenshot of this week’s top 20.
pleasant surprise #1: leanne rimes - spitfire
pleasant surprise #2: charlie worsham - rubberband
-olds might miss the bonnaroo reference and take the "once your old that’s all you’ll ever be" line a little too personally, but that’s on them.
pleasant non-surprise: that Toby Keith continues writing the best drinking songs in country music.
-“Drinks After Work” isn’t “Get Drunk and Be Somebody” (at its chart peak it trailed Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” by 30 spots), but it isn’t supposed to be — where that latter song, so resolute and triumphant, goes down on paycheck Friday, “After Work” is Wednesday evening, and so Toby sounds (for once in his life) resigned. Two more days and he can be somebody, but tonight he’s just his regular old self, looking for an excuse to take the edge off as he attempts to distance himself from the shit he does to make a living (opening lines: “talk on the phone, stare at the screen / doing the job, livin’ the dream / getting paid, yeah right”).
but better than florida georgia line’s “cruise”: Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here”
but better than florida georgia line’s “round here”: Blake Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here”
-here in the real world, it’s no secret that the boys round here resemble the boys from “Round Here” far more than the boys from “Boys ‘Round Here,” but press those boys — the fireball whiskey sipping boys from “Round Here” — on whom they most identify with and they’ll point to the Bocephus-loving boys from “Boys ‘Round Here” every time. no, they don’t do the Dougie, but they sure as shit know how to do the Dougie and they sure as shit wish they did the Dougie, maybe even more than Blake does.
luke bryan: the only one doing the Dougie, both literally and figuratively