Single Review: Trace Adkins, “Brown Chicken Brown Cow”

Every time I think it can’t get any worse, it does.

This better be the worst single of 2011.

Written by Kenny Beard, Casey Beathard, and Rivers Rutherford

Grade: F

Listen: Brown Chicken Brown Cow

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19 Responses to Single Review: Trace Adkins, “Brown Chicken Brown Cow”

  1. I’m ashamed to admit that I grossly overscored this song when I reviewed it on the 1-to-10.

    I gave it a 2.

  2. CJNo Gravatar

    Is this a nursery rhyme? lol

  3. TomNo Gravatar

    …bonfire with meat?

  4. BobNo Gravatar

    It took 3 writers to come up with this?

  5. BrianNo Gravatar

    The title of the song (and really the concept) is based off a joke that is at least 30 years old. Odd that it took 3 guys to form that into a song.

    The problem with this song is that it’s built around a punchline. Even if you like the song it doesn’t have a great ability to be listened to over and over again. I mean teens, and young adults, will get drunk and have fun goofing around with the song, but it’s nothing that is ever going to resonate.

  6. I couldn’t say it any better than Brian just did. I have to admit, I giggled the first time I heard it… then I remembered I’m in my mid 30′s. I may have to tackle this single more in-depth in a .99 Review on FTM. But again, I couldn’t wrap it up any better than: “This better be the worst single of 2011.”?

  7. Couldn’t stand to listen past the 1st chorus.

    Ben, I’m sorry to say that I think you did over-rate this song. ;)

    I would offer this as the worst country single of all time.

  8. KatieRNo Gravatar

    i actually think it has a catchy tune; terrible song, but catchy tune, which probably means we can look forward to it being played over and over and over again on the radio.

  9. This is bad, but “Ala-Freakin’-Bama” is pretty hard to not top. I’d be hard pressed to choose which one is worse. But Trace is on Show Dog now, and we all know that Toby Keith is not going to be the one to provide the needed artist supervision and quality control.

  10. DiamondNo Gravatar

    I actually felt dumber after listening to this one. Well, to the first half of it. That was enough.

  11. DevinNo Gravatar

    I still say Ala-Freakin’-Bama is worse, but luckily it was pulled off the radio quickly, after they realized it was a total dud. (I honestly thought it was a one off song that they played just because Alabama happened to be in the National Championship at the same time, but boy was I wrong…)

    I don’t understand Trace. He’s clearly got the say so in what he releases right now since he’s on Toby’s label, and he still wants to serve up massive turds like this. Songs like this only belong in concerts and for fun. Why can’t some people realize that…

  12. For a while now, Trace hasn’t realized when he hears a bad song. His career took a shift April 2004 when he released “Rough and Ready.” Since then the quality of his music has been in a constant downward spiral.

    He’s never been able to find songs that use his voice to its full effectiveness and when he does those songs aren’t released to radio. “Till The Last Shot’s Fired” is one of the best songs of his career as was “Arlington.” The former was never a single while the latter was pulled off of radio in favor of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”

    I’m not saying his best songs are about the military – I heard “The Rest of Mine” the other day and was reminded just how good he can be. But when he uses his voice to its full effectiveness, he can really shine.

    That he’s electing to release songs like “Brown Chicken, Brown Cow” shows how far he’s lost himself. What Trace needs is better advisors around him who aren’t afraid to tell him when he records a dud. Toby Keith will never be that person.

    We also have to remember that Trace is associated with “Hillbilly Bone” as well. As far as I’m concerned there isn’t any hope for him to send quality music to country radio. If he doesn’t care anymore than I don’t either.

    Maybe radio won’t play “Brown Chicken” and Trace will start to get the message. He’ll have to wonder what’s wrong when all of his singles fail to become smash hits.

    And to think, he’s a member of the Opry family…how sad is that?!

  13. LindaNo Gravatar

    Yep one of THE WORST songs Trace has released to radio. What was he thinking? Or maybe he wasn’t.

  14. LindaNo Gravatar

    Jonathan: You have nailed it with your comments…

  15. RichardNo Gravatar

    Trace Adkins is extremely hit or miss for me. This is awful… but “This Ain’t No Love Song” was great.

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  17. Ceij SNo Gravatar

    If you want Trace to release more singles like “This Ain’t No Song Love” then support him when he does. “..No Love Song” got to 15 on the Countdown, while “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “Badonkadonk” go to the top of the charts. Songs that make it to the top of the Charts get more radio air time later. Songs that don’t, don’t. Songs on the radio serve as advertisement for Trace’s concerts. Trace has a family to feed, too. BCBC is a fun song. Certainly not a song a pompous bore would appreciate. Not every song on the radio could, or even should, sound like a quote from confucius. Lighten up! Just love to go to a party with you guys.

  18. Kyle SweezeyNo Gravatar

    I think all the people who reviewed the song are just plain boring and like the lame country songs. Brown Chicken Brown Cow is my favorite song and anyone who says different is stupid.

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