Country Fridays
Any Man Of Shania Twain's Is Not A Man Of Mine

Any Man Of Shania Twain’s Is Not A Man Of Mine

Shania Twain is the first woman my mother ever heard me identify as attractive. This happened because my mom wanted to know why I was watching a Shania Twain concert on CBS. Eleven year-old me did not know what to say, but knew that truth was the best policy with my mother, a trained psychoanalyst who could...
This Is The Weirdest George Jones Performance of "White Lightning"

This Is The Weirdest George Jones Performance of “White Lightning”

George Jones is my guy. When Country Friday approaches and I don’t really have a plan, I default to songs by the Possum. I can promise you this is a practice that will continue. This Friday I am going with a bizarrely-staged live performance of Jones’ first number one hit, “White Lightning.” The song was...
Photo Gallery: Burnin' It Down at a Jason Aldean Show

Photo Gallery: Burnin’ It Down at a Jason Aldean Show

Last weekend I went to a country concert in Hartford, Connecticut, co-headlined by Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean. The show was really great, though it affirmed my suspicion that being a country star is the easiest job on the planet: you walk out on stage while pyrotechnics augment your presence, sing a couple songs,...
Country Friday: Ask Me If I'm Crusin' To A Florida Georgia Line Show Tomorrow?

Country Friday: Ask Me If I’m Crusin’ To A Florida Georgia Line Show Tomorrow?

That’s right, I’m going to see Tyler Farr, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line tomorrow night because I’m an American, goddamit. So let’s Cruise together right quick and call it a week. You know, babes getting into trucks with strangers because the strangers couldn’t help themselves so they walked up and said: “Baby you a...
"American Ride" by Toby Keith Is So Damn Confusing

“American Ride” by Toby Keith Is So Damn Confusing

I just have no idea where to start with “American Ride.” I’ve spent weeks — months, years — listening to this song and wondering what the fuck it is getting at. From what I gather, it is basically Toby Keith taking shits on every one and everything that has ever been associated with America prior to...
"If Drinking Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)" By George Jones Is The Perfect Way To End Your Week

“If Drinking Don’t Kill Me (Her Memory Will)” By George Jones Is The Perfect Way To End Your Week

Guys, it’s Friday. If I’m being honest, I’ve been meaning to chronicle the insanely confusing Toby Keith song, “American Ride,” but have been writing about too much other stuff to get around to it. Like NASCAR races. And Home Run Derbies. And LeBron’s return to Cleveland. So I’m going with a classic. It’s one of...
Cole Swindell's "I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" Is The One

Cole Swindell’s “I Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” Is The One

Look. I’m drunk. I’d write a lot of words about this song, but I’m not sure it is necessary because it is absolutely the country track of the year. Write it down. Cole Swindell — who I think wrote a bunch of songs for guys like Luke Bryan prior to busting on to the scene...
"A Little Messed Up But We're All Alright": Kenny Chesney's "American Kids" Is Your Independence Day Anthem

“A Little Messed Up But We’re All Alright”: Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” Is Your Independence Day Anthem

Kenny Chesney has been putting out hot country tracks for the better half of two decades. Chesney has scored smash hits that discuss love, tractors being sexy, show business, drinkin’, small town pride, and college life. Somehow — this being country music, and Chesney being a country superstar — it took until 2014 for him to record a hit...
Toby Keith and Rhett Atkins Perform The Exact Same Song In This Week's RACF

Toby Keith and Rhett Atkins Perform The Exact Same Song In This Week’s RACF

Welcome back to Ricky Automatic’s Country Fridays, an idea I stole from my good friend Cameron McCormick. From here on out we are just going to use the acronym “RACF.”  Every critic of contemporary radio country knocks the genre for the same reason: “they always sing about the same ole shit.” It’s a dumb argument....
Ricky Automatic's Country Fridays: Tyler Farr's "Redneck Crazy" Is Also Really Creepy

Ricky Automatic’s Country Fridays: Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy” Is Also Really Creepy

Last week, we took a humorous look at Scotty McCreery’s McCreepy’s “See You Tonight,” and I took potshots at optimal points in the lyrics. This week, we’ve moved on. And by moved on, I mean we’ve moved on to a different country song. This one depicts abject terrorism on an ex-girlfriend’s world. The song in...
Scotty McCreery's "See You Tonight" Is Really Creepy

Scotty McCreery’s “See You Tonight” Is Really Creepy

If you haven’t noticed before, I am now telling you that I really like radio country. Sure, it’s glorified pop that resembles its ancestry only in the sense that it is music, but radio country is still so much fun. In particular, they say ridiculous things that are delightful to dissect on a level they were...