“Buy Me a Boat”
Written by Chris DuBois and Chris Janson
It’s about time that Eric Church’s sound started showing up on other people’s records.
Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” is lyrically something you would’ve expected from Alan Jackson back in the day. He’d have done it with a goofy smile. Janson does it with the same amount of twang, but it sounds like he’s grimacing instead of grinning.
As Church becomes more experimental, Janson sounds like someone who learned a lot of good lessons from Church but is sticking with the mainstream, a logical choice for a still new artist that’s had some success as a songwriter, but has been bubbling under as a recording artist for a good six years already.
I liked the juxtaposition of the biblical verses with the material things he’s coveting, and his ability to let working class resentment seethe underneath the surface. Hey, before there was Eric Church, there was Johnny Paycheck.
If he can make his entire album this interesting, he’ll be one to watch this year.