Today, country music superstar Luke Bryan released his sixth studio album, What Makes You Country. It’s not a question, as detailed in the opening track “What Makes You Country,” where Bryan names a lot of things that make you country, including the following:
- Wearing a pair of beat-up boots
- The size of your tires
- Your fires
- Your wild-ass buddies
- Being a cowboy on the Texas plain
- Or a plowboy waitin’ on rain
- Getting your dirt road cred when you’re 12
- On a no cab tractor hauling them bales
- Backing in boats
- Fishing limb lines
- Running bird dogs through the Georgia pines
- Your daddy and mama
- An Alabama song on the radio
- A little green-eyed girl from Jackson
- Sunday learning in a live oak church
- Silver Queen corn in a backyard dirt
- Grabbing your gun and getting your outside on (???)
There’s one moment where Bryan says “We’re all a little different, but we’re all the same / Everybody doin’ their own thing,” in the pre-chorus, but I feel like maybe he’s suggesting we’re all the same... if we’re all country. More power to you, Bryan, and the gratuitous guitar solo in the middle of this bad boy.
For what it’s worth, the best song on this album is “Most People Are Good,” which argues what most of us pretend ain’t true. He sings “I believe you love who you love,” which I will take to mean he identifies as an ally and can be our first (male!) woke country radio rock star. The ladies of the genre have been carrying the weight for far too long.
And take it from this Texas-born brown-eyed woman (little green-eyed girl is an accidentally gross lyric), what makes you country? Being country.