October 8, 2012
Sonically, newcomer Greg Bates’ debut hit is a pleasant, infectious slice of nineties-esque contemporary country with a moderate traditionalist bent. It’s the kind of song that country star Chris Young has made his calling card.
The lyrics fit snugly into the ‘smooth sexy’ category that has been going over well at country radio lately. Though the song is fairly tame and inoffensive, Bates eases into its hook with just the right blend of sincerity and subdued swagger. He delivers cheeky rhyme schemes such as “I did it for the moonlight, slow ride, slidin’ over by my side…” with just the ideal amount of gusto.
Overall, it’s the straightforward, unpretentious simplicity that makes “Did It for the Girl” an oddly endearing tune – finished off with a vocal delivery refreshingly devoid of bells and whistles. The inviting warmth of all that steel guitar certainly doesn’t hurt either. I would like to hear Bates’ tackle more challenging lyrical material in the future, but for now, this pleasant country toe-tapper will do just fine.
Written by Greg Bates, Lynn Hutton, and Rodney Clawson