September 6, 2008
If you like Alan Jackson’s “Where I Come From”, you’ll probably enjoy his latest single, “Country Boy.” However, if you’re like me and thought that song was clichéd and dull, you’ll likely pass over this one, since the two songs are somewhat parallel in theme and very similar in production.
While Jackson exudes his natural southern charm in this song, it’s not enough to elevate it from uninteresting to something memorable. In a plethora of songs that celebrates country life, this song is one of the least interesting of them all.
It starts with Jackson smoothly offering to take a woman for a ride to wherever she needs to go in his truck and continues with proclamations of how he is a country boy as evidenced by his truck. He proudly sings, “I’m a country boy/I’ve got a 4-wheel drive/Hop in my bed, I’ll take you for a ride/Up city streets, down country roads/I can get you where you need to go/’cause I’m a country boy.”
Along with the lyrics that are devoid of personality, the production and plodding melody is sure to make this song one that will soon be forgotten. As has been proven by so many of Jackson’s previous compositions, he is capable of writing songs that are so much more compelling than this. Likewise, Keith Stegall has shown that he is equally adept at providing complimentary arrangements.
Unfortunately, both have failed to measure up to their own standards with this song, which is, ultimately, the biggest disappointment of all.
Written By Alan Jackson
Listen: Country Boy
Buy: Country Boy