October 2, 2008
Tracy Lawrence, a far more distinctive vocalist than many of his contemporaries, received industry approval with his first CMA award last fall for the Vocal Event-winning “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”, his collaboration with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw. After the cool reception to follow-up single, “‘Til I Was a Daddy, Too”, he returns with a song on the complete opposite of the spectrum, “You Can’t Hide Redneck.”
It’s a song split into two stories set at a Southern high school reunion, with two classmates showing off their rough-around-the-edges attitudes behind the professional disguises (he’s a rich career man out west, she’s a judge in Boston). But as the conversations continue, they exhibit their true selves, proving that it’s impossible to fool others by putting on airs.
Problem is, the hook is pretty lame and the second verse is especially weak in its example of redneck-icity. The song’s another in the long line of redneck pride anthems, and the humor just falls flat. This is mindless fluff, and beneath Lawrence’s talent.
Written by Casey Beathard and Daniel Demay
Listen: You Can’t Hide Redneck