Sure, people may be complaining about the prolific amount of tailgate-themed country songs on the radio. But then again, radio is playing them. All the time, it seems.
So when you look at the so-called controversy from the songwriter’s point of view, there really isn’t one.
Industry publication Country Aircheck recently interviewed hit-maker Dallas Davidson about the bro-country trend and the backlash that’s followed in its wake.
“We’re writing what people want to hear,” he said. “So what’s the backlash? More ticket sales? More money coming into Nashville? What’s wrong with that?”
His recent string of co-writes include Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again,” “That’s My Kind of Night” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Blake Shelton’s “All About Tonight” and “Boys ’Round Here,” and Brantley Gilbert’s brand new collaboration with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett , “Small Town Throwdown.”
The only real artistic suffering Davidson has had to endure is during songwriting sessions when he says other writers shy away from saying words like “tailgate.”
“I just look at ’em and start laughing,” he said. “I’ll ask, ’What are you driving? The tailgate on the back of it — have you ever sat on it? Well, why can’t we sing about that? Don’t millions of country fans sit in parking lots on tailgates and drink a beer, getting ready for the show?’
“But until they start making spaceships for us to drive, I’m gonna have a tailgate and I’m probably gonna talk about it.”
Then again, those kind of songs aren’t the only ones Davidson makes. In his 10 years as a Nashville songwriter, he’s written plenty of substantial material . Lee Brice’s current hit “I Don’t Dance” and Justin Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” are among some of my favorites.