July 22, 2009
Atkins’ latest single is pure, straight-up fun without being hokey or over-the-top – a tricky thing to do in country music. Against a pleasing, honky-tonk arrangement, Atkins delivers a clever hook about a misguided attempt at giving up smoking, women and drinking, resulting in the worst 15 minutes of his life. It’s simply a well-crafted bar sing-a-long that doesn’t take itself too seriously:
“Well you could get hit by a truck tomorrow
So you might as well raise a little hell tonight.”
“15 Minutes” is the kind of song that could easily feel artificial in the hands of a less distinct artist, but it seems to suit Atkins both musically and vocally, and he in turn makes the song believable. He’s not forcing you to join the fun – his performance is fun.
Written by Tony Mullins and Jamie Lee Thurston.
Listen: 15 Minutes