It’s like the account of constructing a country music Frankenstein: Six songwriters were required, including Chris Stapleton—who despite all his excellent solo work, never ceases to let you down by the unfortunate songwriting gang bangs he ends up being involved in. The foundation of everything in male country music right now is a row of shot glasses. Where is ‘s chart editors questioning the efficacy of taking R&B songs and charting them in the country genre? Let Gary Allan and “Hangover Tonight” try to hang with the folks over on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts where it belongs, and watch them laugh his cracker ass right off the page.The track of course wasn’t Gary’s idea, but the idea of producer Greg Droman to attempt to piggy back off the success of Thomas Rhett’s R&B-influenced #1 single “Make Me Wanna.” Gary is quoted as saying, This is the sausage making of a modern-day “country” music track, and the results speak for themselves. And I don’t know how many videos from these mainstream males I’ve seen—lyric videos or otherwise—that show a line of shot glasses getting filled with whiskey. Just this week Billboard ran a story about how Zac Brown’s new single “Heavy Is The Head” with Chris Cornell has been designated to the rock chart. Gary Allan, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, and Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” would get their asses handed to them over in the R&B world because it’s not only bad country, it’s worse R&B.” “I am excited about getting ‘Do You Wish It Was Me?’ out to radio [and] playing it for the fans,” Allan says in a press release.
Gary is the son of Harley and Mary Herzbeg; at an early age he was introduced to music since his father played in honky-tonk bars.
Yeah, I know, you can point to signs and signifiers throughout his career that illustrated Gary Allan as less than the ideal male country star, but in a greater measure you could point to the songs and moments that made him out to be one of the final remaining good guys in mainstream music that kept it mostly real, and did things his way without compromise. What a contrast compared to where Gary’s mindset was in September of 2013 when he sat down with Larry King and read mainstream country its rights.
I never thought I’d see the day that he would be one to turn to the dark side, but here we are.
You know, so they’ve kind of sliced everything up, feeding it to the public in demographics.”You used to be able to turn on the radio and you knew instantly it was the country station just by listening to it, and now you’ve got to leave it there for a second to figure it out…to me, country music is still Monday through Friday, and pop’s about what happens on the weekends.” Well Gary Allan just released a weekend song if there ever was one.
This is why Sam Hunt has been so damaging to country music.