“Momma and Jesus”
Written by Tucker Beathard, Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton
I’m beginning to suspect that enjoyment of contemporary country music requires a complete lack of familiarity with what came before it.
“Momma and Jesus” is a shameless rip-off of the Confederate Railroad classic, “Jesus and Mama.” Shameless. And Tucker Beathard’s take on the same concept falls so short in comparison to the Confederate Railroad record that it is painful to listen to.
Both songs acknowledge that Jesus and Momma/Mama are two sources of unconditional love. In the Confederate Railroad song, that’s cause for humility and a healthy dose of shame for taking that love for granted. In Beathard’s, it instead produces a self-aggrandizing sense of entitlement.
The message of Beathard’s record is, “Hey! I can do anything I want because Momma and Jesus have to love me anyway.”
An ugly display of arrogance and narcissism.