“Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day”
Written by Rhett Akins, Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip
Any singer or songwriter attempting to write the definitive country pride anthem needs to take one long look at this title and walk away.
It’s been done. We’ve got the definitive version of this ongoing theme now. And you know what? It’s a pretty good record, too. An “A Country Boy Can Survive” without the undercurrent of cynicism, paranoia and racism, if you will.
Part of Luke Bryan’s appeal is that he truly is the country boy that he portrays, and his enthusiasm for that lifestyle always comes through. He’s so earnest, so sincere, and so himself.
That makes a song title that could’ve been ripped from the pages of The Onion become something more substantial and worthwhile, a statement not just of pride but of deep gratitude for where he comes from and where he wants to remain.
“Huntin, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day” doesn’t romanticize this simple life. It simply says, “Thank You” for it. I suspect with Bryan’s essential humility and good nature, he’d be singing the same thing about life in New York City, if that’s where he was born and raised. Some people just have the gratitude gene.
I didn’t think I ever needed to hear another country boy anthem again. I was wrong.