“Crash and Burn”
Written by Jesse Frasure and Chris Stapleton
Thomas Rhett’s new single has backup vocals blatantly ripped off from the Sam Cooke classic, “Chain Gang.”
I repeat: Thomas Rhett’s new single has backup vocals blatantly ripped off from the Sam Cooke classic, “Chain Gang.”
For those of you who are perhaps unfamiliar with the rich history of American popular music, that was a classic that empathized with prisoners working on the side of the road.
Yes, the backing vocals were part of that classic’s hook, but they were in service to the song. On Rhett’s “Crash and Burn”, they’re just hanging out in the mix next to every cliche lyric and production trick that make up Nashville’s idea of a potential hit record in 2015.
That’s the sound of the men working on destroying the last lingering threads of country music’s credibility.