“Little Miss Honky Tonk”
Brooks & Dunn
Written by Ronnie Dunn
#1 (1 week)
April 29, 1995
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
April 21, 1995
Brooks & Dunn top the charts with their latest “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” rewrite.
The Road to No. 1
Brooks & Dunn followed the No. 1 hit “She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind” with the honky tonk weeper “I’ll Never Forgive My Heart,” which went top ten. The third single from Waitin’ On Sundown returned them to the top.
The No. 1
Look, as “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” retreads go, this one’s pretty good.
The lyrics are ridiculous, of course, and the woman they’re singing about is a barroom fantasy.
But the song has some clever turns of phrase and Dunn does a great job selling the storyline. This is no small feat, given the conceit here is “I’m her big cat daddy, she’s my little miss honky tonk.”
As noted above, “I’ll Never Forgive My Heart” was the single more tailored to a honky tonk, unless all of them had replaced their sad song jukeboxes with line dancefloors by 1995.
They pull this one off well enough, but this streak of No. 1 songs is indicating how worn the nineties country formula was getting. Shania Twain can’t get here fast enough.
The Road From No. 1
They’ve got one more No. 1 on deck from Waitin’ On Sundown, and it features Kix Brooks on lead vocals. We’ll cover it later in 1995.
“Little Miss Honky Tonk” gets a C+.
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