Why is Canada hiding Jade Eagleson from us?

It’s funny how when you think of country music, you think of the bible belt. Obviously, Nashville is in Tennessee; some of the top dogs in the game are from Georgia, Kentucky produced Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton, Justin Moore is from Arkansas. Texas is another massive player in the game, as artists like Cody Johnson and Granger Smith are based out of Austin instead of Nashville. What if I introduced you to another player in the game, a widely underrated one. Canada has produced and is currently producing some megastars. For anyone who has ever felt like a women, Shania Twain came out of Ontario. Hank Snow is a country music legend, and he came out of Nova Scotia. Terri Clark has made a name for herself as well.

Women of Canadian Country

           Currently, Canada has some crazy talented artists on the rise. Tenielle Towns hasn’t been higher than 25 on the country airplay charts, but she has multiple top five hits in Canada. She deserves to have a hit in America; her voice is so unique that it would surely stand out. Lindsey Ell is another name that you might have heard. Ell has a #1 radio hit with Brantley Gilbert with “What Happens in a Small Town,” but solo, she hasn’t gotten higher than #19. In Canada, she has multiple number one hit and more top-fives.

Dallas Smith           

The biggest name in the industry is Dallas Smith. Smith tried and failed in America, but I don’t think he cares because he is the Luke Bryan of Canada. He has 24 top ten songs, and eleven of those went number one. He is a massive star, but most Americans haven’t heard of him. This is definitely an untapped industry, and I think that might be changing soon.

Jade Eagleson

           Out of all of these artists, I haven’t even mentioned my personal favorite Canadian star. Jade Eagleson has one of the most extraordinary voices, and he gets good music. The first time I ever heard him, it was on his song “Got Your Name on It,” which stalled out at #8 on the Canada chart. He followed that up with “Count the Ways,” a petty breakup song that was another great jam. This song reached number four. Eagleson finally topped the Canadian charts with “Lucky” a few years ago. Ironically, the only single that did go number one on the radio was the only song that wasn’t certified “Gold” from Eagleson’s debut album.

The album, a self-titled project, was released last year, but not to be content with just ten songs, Eagleson already released a new single, “All Night to Figure it Out.” This song had a music video, which you can watch below. Although I’m not an avid Canadian country chart watcher, I expect this song to follow his other song’s trends and be at least a top five.

           Canada has like five hundred different award shows for country. All of them are only open to Canadian artists, so I’m not sure how much each award show matters. Still, Jade was the 2019 Canadian Country Music Association Rising Star award winner. Since then, he has been nominated for multiple male artists of the year awards and will probably breakthrough and win them soon. Hopefully, Jade is building up to a new album this year. If he is, hopefully, he slides into my DM’s about releasing it early to us. Go listen to Jade Eagleson though, in all seriousness, you won’t be disappointed.

           On top of being a badass singer, Jade Eagleson is also a total savage. In the music video for “Got Your Name on It” and the following singles, Eagleson has a smoke show of a girl in the video. Apparently, he agreed with me because he started dating her and then married her, and they now have a child. This was all within a few years, which is the definition of putting a ring on it. The other reason he is a badass is his beautiful mullet. In one of his live streams, I told him that his mullet makes Morgan Wallen’s look weak, to which he responded that he had a mullet long before Wallen made it cool. In the following Livestream, I again complimented the flow. He responded that it needed to be trimmed up, but he loves it.

           I love Jade Eagleson. I think that he is the most underrated artist that I know of right now. I’ve had the chance to interact with many artists beginning their careers, and I think that Jade has the best voice out of any of them. I hope that he makes the jump to American radio, but he probably won’t, unfortunately, and I don’t really blame him. He has a chance to pull a Dallas Smith, become a massive artist in Canada, and stick to that niche. I don’t blame him for doing that, it’s just a shame that America won’t get to hear him.


Vinyl Records vs Modern Technology

I’m about to piss off… everyone… and that’s ok. For Christmas, my lovely girlfriend got me a record player, a fantastic gift. I broke into my grandpa’s old records, like Charly Pride, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. It gave me a feeling that I’ve never felt listening to any of these guys before, which made me realize something. All country music has a place in our world, but modern artists sound way better on modern technology, and older artists sound better on vinyl.

I said it, I love Johnny Cash, but Justin Moore sounds better on my phone than he does. That isn’t a knock-on Cash; it’s just how music was produced now versus the past. An artist from the 1960s sounds better on vinyl because that is how music was consumed. When I put my grandpa’s records onto the record player, it creates something that can’t be mimicked on an iPhone. It is a feeling that I have only had a few times, walking into Fenway Park, old Yankee Stadium, and I would imagine the feeling of going into a place like Wrigley or Dodger Stadium would be similar. It’s a feeling of history, knowing where you came from and how you got to where you are now. It’s an appreciation of the past as well, feeling the spirit of the souls of past country artists. Johnny Cash played mostly just a guitar and based his music on that.

Today there are electric guitars, and drums, and other instruments used in country. If you’re a traditionalist and you’re reading this, I’m not sorry because it’s true. You cannot genuinely appreciate older country music if it isn’t on vinyl. I wondered why I wasn’t the biggest fan of artists I wanted to like, and now I realize why. It’s 2021, and we have artists and sounds that weren’t even thought of in the 1960s, and they can’t compete with modern-day production. To further save a little face, I bought “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” and Luke Comb’s latest “What You See Ain’t Always What You Get” simultaneously on vinyl. I love Combs album, but it didn’t even hold a candle to Cashs on vinyl. To flip the script, though, Cash’s album played on shuffle on my phone didn’t feel the same, and Comb’s music still rocks.

I want to preserve traditional country as much as the next guy, but I don’t think telling people my age that they are stupid for liking Luke Bryan is the answer. Sitting down with someone who truly appreciates the genre and giving them a record player is a way to go. I have found a place where the outlaws of the past will live forever; it just might not be on my phone.


Yee Yee takes on Pit Viper in a Battle of the Redneck Brands!

February 23rd, 2021 is a day that may live in redneck infamy. For those who don’t know, Granger Smith owns Yee Yee apparel, a clothing line based on his alter ego, Earl Dibbles Jr. Although Yee Yee apparel isn’t a super well-known brand, I have run into a few people here and there that wear it loud and proud. The brand has over 460k followers on Instagram, so while it might not be the biggest brand, it isn’t small by any means. The brand is supported by videos that are posted by Earl Dibble Jr. on YouTube,

Everyone knows Pit Vipers. If you don’t know what Pit Viper is, you live under a rock. Love them or hate them, I love them; Pit Vipers are a trend that is sweeping the nation. Like mullets and IROC Camaros, the Pits are a staple of the ’80s and deserve the comeback. Pit Viper has 623k followers on Instagram, which really isn’t much more than the Yee Yee page. So going back to February 23rd, Yee Yee decided to make a bold move. The following is a “transcript” of what went down.

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The perfect marriage was on the verge of being born. Yee Yee is a staple of crazy rednecks everywhere, as are Pit Vipers. I would have bought 12 pairs if they came out; I can already imagine ripping through the countryside with a cold Bud Light in hand, mullet flowing out the back of my Justin Moore cowboy hat, ass crack hanging out, and Yee Yee Pit Vipers on my face. However, that wasn’t meant to be, as Pit Viper then did this.

This leads me to a few various issues. First off, who do I side with? I love my Pit Vipers, they are a little overpriced for the quality, but they are just a fun gimmick that makes Karen’s judge you. I love my Yee Yee hat, too though, I threw a fishing hook on it, and it is probably the best-looking hat I have. Sure, I can’t work in it because the sweat stains are terrible, but besides that, it is super comfortable. I think that the two working together would make all the sense in the world; most Pit Viper wearers are either frat guys, hicks, or members of Alpha Gamma Rho, I am all of the above. Travis Denning is often on Instagram wearing his Pits, which are the same exact color as mine, I got mine first Travis. Still, Granger Smith is a great artist I like, and Earl Dibbles Jr. is someone who I wouldn’t want to be on their bad side. Yee Yee joked about making their own glasses, and I could actually see that happening. It just doesn’t make sense to me when the marriage would be so easy.

I won’t ever say go buy something if I don’t own it and like it. I genuinely like both products. Pit Vipers absolutely make a statement, and if you’re reading this, you want that statement to be made. Yee Yee makes a statement as well, although they are much more subtle in the delivery. Both of these products pull off some kind of redneck or white trash culture, and here that is precisely what we want to celebrate.


We ranked every Justin Moore album!

Ranking your favorite artists best albums feels like ranking your kids. Yes, you love them all and you tell people you love them all, but deep down everyone knows you love one more than the other. To be fair to “Kinda Don’t Care” I would rather listen to that one repeat than any album by Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, or Eric Church, which is saying a lot. However not every album is created equal, and not everyone has the same purpose. As a result they all have different themes, sounds, and just overall music. With all that being said, here are the Justin Moore albums rankings.

5. Kinda Don’t Care

It’s hard to say that I didn’t like a Justin Moore album, but “Kinda Don’t Care” is the closest to that I can get. It features by far my least favorite Justin Moore song, “Put Me In a Box,” and many poppy songs. Moore was going through a rough patch in his career before releasing this record. Someone in his record label made a bad decision to have him release “Home Sweet Home” as his single, a song that was part of a Montley Crue tribute album with other various artists. The song didn’t do very well, and peaked somewhere in the twenties. They then went back to a song off “Off the Beaten Path” after releasing two singles prior to “Home Sweet Home” off the album. It created an awkward lack of momentum for “This Kinda Town” which wasn’t a bad song, but it seemed destined to die high on the charts.

The label took a little  break after “Kinda Town” topped off from releasing new music, but finally “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” dropped, and started a revival to Moore’s career. Despite the album doing its purpose of revitalizing some momentum for Moore, this album missed the mark to his true fans. “Somebody Else Will” is a number one hit that is probably Moore’s most pop single, and songs like “Between You and Me” are similar. Songs like “Kinda Don’t Care,” “Hell on a Highway,” “More Middle Fingers,” and “Pickup Lines” save the album, though, and make it worth listening to. When I saw Justin Moore during the “Don’t Care” era of his career, it was only a few months after it was released, and he was very down on the record. It makes it very hard to like something that the creator himself isn’t proud of. The album definitely served its purpose, but it is an experiment that I can’t see Moore ever coming close to again. 

4. Justin Moore

Moore’s debut album from way back in 2009, Justin Moore got off to a great start in his career. The self-titled album featured “Small Town USA” Moore’s first number 1 and “Backwoods,” one of my favorite bonfire jam songs. The album goes for all of the emotions, ranging from “I Could Kick Your Ass,” a song that features Moore, who is only 5’7″ fighting a guy for trying to steal his girl, to “Grandpa,” a song about how he looks up to his grandpa and everything that he does. If I didn’t have to put numbers next to the albums, the first three would be 1A, 1B, and 1C, with this album being 2.

Overall, I liked this album, but I felt that his music got a little better as Moore grew up and matured. Songs that hurt the album include Moore’s debut single “Back That Thing Up” which felt so cheesy that I don’t even think a bro country artist would record it. A common theme of being proud of where he is from shines thorugh in the album with, “How I Got to Be This Way”, “Small Town USA”, “Good Ole American Way” and “The Only Place That I Call Home” all referencing this. Much like “Kinda Don’t Care” this album served its purpose. It got Moore’s career off the ground, and produced a few quality songs as well.

3. Off the Beaten Path

An album that a lot of people didn’t like as much, this was my introduction to Justin Moore. A more guitar-heavy follow-up to “Outlaws Like Me,” this album featured the hit songs “Point at You” and “Lettin the Night Roll.” It did have the Moore put another super tacky song “I’d Want It to Be Yours,” on it, which is probably the lowest point of the album. On the other hand the album also had “For Some Ol’ Redneck Reason,” featuring Charlie Daniels, a fantastic song.

The album hits a lot on my kind of music, rock country songs that I can jam to instead of slower stuff. However for all the heavy guitar, it has a few songs that slow the album don’t. “One Dirt Road” and the previously mentioned “This Kind of Town” are two examples of this. This album got done a little bit dirty being interrupted by “Home Sweet Home” and I think that poor decision will always linger when thinking about this album. However overall it is a solid record.

2. Outlaws Like Me

His sophomore album, Justin Moore, hit this record really hard and had some smash songs. The song features my all-time all-genre favorite song, “Bait a Hook,” which I wrote this article about. It also has hit “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” “Til My Last Day,” plus songs Moore still does live to this day like “Flyin’ Down a Back Road” and “Bed of My Chevy.” I think if you were to ask Moore what his favorite album ever was, “Outlaws Like Me” would be the one. 

I don’t want to spoil the number one record, but I think that Moore was listening to this album on repeat when writing that one. The biggest danger of this album in my opinion is that it seems like it was such a high for Moore, that he is always going to try to top it. While this is a high point in his career, I hope that he realizes that he shouldn’t try to top it, because some of the success he had with it can’t be topped. I think his best move would be to match the success, and although I’m not sure how the numbers shake out, he did that on the final album on the list.

1. Late Nights and Longnecks

Coming off the heels of “Kinda Don’t Care,” Justin Moore essentially decided that he was happy with all of his past success and wanted to make an album he was truly proud of hell or highwater.  Something tells me that he realized he sold out a little bit and realized he would rather make a good product than chase success with tacky money grab songs. I saw him in concert during the “Don’t Care” phase of his career. He essentially said that he hated the album and wanted to make a 90’s country album. He did just that on “Late Night and Longnecks,” a fantastic album that mixes his southern rock influences with Alan Jackson and George Strait’s sounds. The album was way too short, with only ten songs and 34 minutes, but he put ten great songs on an album instead of a more extended album with a few filler songs.

Honestly though, go through the album and tell me where the weak spot is. I think the “critics” would point to “Small Town Street Cred” but in my opinion that is a song that you love if you lived it. I don’t usually likes songs such as “My Boy” because I don’t have kids, but even that song I love. The album produced two number one hits, and if Moore’s music charted as fast as Luke Bryans, I think the majority of the songs on the album could’ve been radio hits. He has teased that his next album featuring “We Didn’t Have Much” will be even better, so we will see. 


That isn’t country…

“That isn’t country.” How many times have you heard a song and had someone with you say that? Probably anytime artists like Luke Bryan have come on. The truth of the matter is no artist is safe from this, as even Kane Brown doesn’t think Johnny Cash or Merle Haggard is country. Here at “Beats, Beer, and Bonfires” we aren’t going to try to decide what country music is because the reality of the genre is that it isn’t one genre anymore. Ryan Upchurch and a few others have recently created country rap. Luke Bryan is probably the king of pop-country. Justin Moore recently has turned to a traditional 90’s sound. That is only the tip of the iceberg, as bluegrass, Texas, outlaw, and Americana are all subgenres under the country umbrella. To judge if a song is country here, we are looking for just a straightforward thing. Does the song tell a story related to the everyday blue-collar worker? This might seem like a simple thing to accomplish; however, it is something that a lot of artists miss the mark on right now.

           First off, people will be pissed off sometimes on this site. Artists such as Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, and Florida Georgia Line will be recognized as country artists. This does absolutely not mean we are calling them George Strait because that isn’t the case. The case is that as gimmicky as some of their songs can be, they do attempt to make music that can be related to blue-collar folks. (More to follow) This doesn’t mean that everything on the radio today is country. For example, Dan and Shay don’t make songs for blue-collar people; they make it for pop radio. (See more about this here) We aren’t going to produce articles that slander the names of artists we don’t think are country. Dan and Shay are amazing singers, but they aren’t country. That’s why we are making separate sections for separate subgenres. Wanna read about George Jones but not Morgan Wallen? Then just go to the classic country section. The reality is that we can’t drive the genre, but we are going to separate what we think is good from what we don’t like. It’s up to you to separate the content you like and read that.

           Now that we have decided what is and isn’t country, we will determine what are and are not good country songs. “Chillin it” by Cole Swindell isn’t a George Strait song. We recognize that, but if you have never driven in your pickup truck with the windows down jamming to that song, then you haven’t listened to it the right way. This is a country song that is a jam. It might be checklisty and pander to a specific audience, but that’s ok because sometimes those songs are what we need in life. “Dirt Road Anthem” is a country song with a rap in it, but around a bonfire, it is what you want to hear. No one ever says this, so I am going to; ITS OK TO LIKE COUNTRY JAMS. Sometimes you aren’t in the mood for a song like “Hurt” by Johnny Cash because you don’t want to be sad. Music needs balance, and many of the best jams today are the ones that people often say isn’t country. So finally, this is someone saying, go out in your truck, crank up whatever your guilty pleasure is (Mine is Thomas Rhett), and jam out because it is ok.

           The other part of country music, and the ones that all the people who claim nothing else, but this is country, is the real storytelling songs. My current favorite example of this is “Maggie’s Song” by Chris Stapleton. If you have ever had a dog that you love die, and you want to have feelings, go listen to “Maggie’s Song.” Another example of this “Die from a Broken Heart” by Maddie and Tae. It has all the elements of an excellent traditional country song, from the instrumentals to the heartbreak story and the detail in the writing. These songs are designed to make you feel closer to George Strait than Florida Georgia Line. “Remember When” by Alan Jackson is a love song. Still, it isn’t a song like “Worship you” by Kane Brown, which is just over the top and is about putting a girl above religion. Jackson sings a song about nostalgia and the natural growth of a relationship. He tells a story about two people growing up together, getting married, breaking each other’s hearts, and mending that. Then they have kids, grow old together, and are celebrating life. That is a country love song.

           Country music is different for every person, and that is what is up for you to decide. Do you think that Ryan Upchurch, rapping about growing up in rural America, is country, despite hip hop beats and delivery? Do you believe that nothing is country after the turn of the century? Do you agree with me and think that Luke Bryan is country, just not cut from the same cloth as the widely regarded greatest country artists? We are not here to tell you what is and isn’t country; we are here to support the music and artists we love. Right now, country music is at a historical crossroad, and the artists that audiences really stream online, and support are the ones that might start the next country music generation.


Introducing Ozora Farms

Artists today are trying to look for ways to make profits in ways besides music. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Dierks Bentley, among other things, have opened restaurants and put out alcohol to make money. However, some artists don’t have that sort of brand yet to pull off, so they look at other ways to have a side hustle. Jon Langston started pushing his farm, Ozora Farm, on Instagram last April, as an outdoor escape for his family, friends, and other recognizable names. He sells merchandise for the farm, with donations from that going to the Live to Hunt foundation. The Ozora Farm is a fantastic way for country artists to get out into nature, show off their outdoorsman skills, and increase their creditability as country people.

Jon Langston isn’t on the fast track to success like some artists seem to have been lately, and that is a shame for fans of rock-influenced country music. Langston started making music in 2013 when he played small bars and frat parties and has been organically growing a loyal fanbase from his experiences. He released songs like “All Eyes on Us” and “Right Girl Wrong Time,” which are both really good but never really made any noise since they were released independently.

Finally, Luke Bryan came along and offered Langston a record deal, so his music could be more widely heard. The debut single under Bryan’s label was “Now You Know,” which peaked in the mid-’30s but is an absolute jam. His follow-up single, “Happy Ever After,” is another rock-influenced song but should be able to get higher than his last single. Langston has released songs here and there, but his fans really crave the full-length album, which will hopefully come out in 2021.

Ozora Farms first popped up on Instagram last April, about a month into the pandemic. At first, the page posted about merch, but soon after, Langston started showing pictures of the game he killed on the farm. He has killed turkey, coyote, deer, and duck throughout the past eight months while also catching bass in the pond on the farm. The progress of goats and ducks that Langston grew has been documented as well. Langston looks to continue to grow the Ozora Farm brand, and as his music career progresses, it will be cool to see what the farm can become.

Although we couldn’t find exactly where the farm is located, multiple pictures were tagged with Tennessee. As a result, it seems like Langston should have plenty of special guests drop by, and he hasn’t disappointed. Morgan Wallen was the first artist to appear on the Ozora Farm Instagram page. Wallen had a beer in hand and a fire in the background. A few days later, Travis Denning and Mitchell Tenpenny were at the farm, unsuccessfully turkey hunting. In the music video for “Damn, I Need a Dirt Road” (a great song) featuring Langston at the Farm. The members of Lanco stopped by at one point to hang out recently as well. With the farm being in Tennessee, expect to see more stars head out to the farm as well.

2020 seemed to be the year of collaboration on social media. TikTok stars have the hype house where they get together and make videos together. Some Nashville-based artists came together to form the 615 house, where they do the same thing. However, likely, none of them will actually have successful careers besides their online following. As a fan of people who do the things I do, I want to see the Ozora Farm turn into something like that. I want to see Travis Denning fishing and Langston out hunting deer. I want to see Morgan Wallen fishing by day and shotgunning beers by night. Music is much more enjoyable when you support genuine people you feel you know on a more interment level. Good work Jon Langston and keep up the excellent work. Below you can take a look at the farm in the music video for “Damn I Need a Dirt Road.”


Houston Bernard Is Keeping Traditional Country Alive

            The following information is straight from a Houston Bernard press release. I didn’t write any of it, but I feel comfortable sharing it because I have seen Bernard live and think he is fantastic. Bernard played in the Comix Roadhouse at Mohegan Sun a few years back. Anyone could tell by his stage presence and how well he entertained that he just didn’t fit into playing a small bar. Bernard belongs on bigger stages, and I enjoy seeing how he works his way up. I was sold when he started playing Cody Johnson, who is a more prominent name now, but at the time was a hidden gem from Texas. His latest song, “People We Are,” is a super relatable song; anyone who reads this page knows about the hardworking grassroots people Bernard is singing about. Enjoy the rest of the information from Houston and listen to his entire discography.

“I write a lot of my own music but I’m always open to recording others and when my manager asked me to listen to this song I knew it was right for me,” HOUSTON BERNARD says of his latest track, “People We Are,” which was released today due to growing demand and after the song’s popularity on Social Media.  After sharing clips of the single on TikTok and other social media channels, Bernard began to see a growing number of fans sharing, requesting, and relating to the song. “People We Are” is written by Kim Penz (Lady Luck Publishing) and Cole Taylor (Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell) The single was produced in Nashville with Bill McDermott (George Strait, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Billy Currington, etc)  “To me this story upholds all the philosophies and ethics of the Bernard family, growing up on the farm in Oklahoma generation after generation my Dad’s family was all about these standards: Doing the right thing, being self-sufficient, living within their means, and building something that will stand the test of time.” The song is now available worldwide on all streaming platforms and was added to New Music Nashville Spotify Editorial Playlist.  Listen to “People We Are” here. 

“People We Are” has that traditional country music sound, with relatable lyrics and catchy hooks, such as “We’re a little bit of hell yeah, and a little bit of amen” and, “a whole lot of work hard and throw in a little bit of playing.” Bernard is no stranger to hard work. His family, originally from Norman, Oklahoma grew up on a farm and were also musicians. “My dad told me that when he was growing up on the farm, they were still using an outhouse when he was a small boy and eventually putting their own plumbing and electricity in the home. They had a large farm in Norman Oklahoma. It was a small community at the time and my father was still going to a one-room schoolhouse. It seems like that would be 100 years ago but it was not.”

This isn’t the first time the Boston based singer-songwriter has achieved success through social media or radio. Bernard’s first single, “American Dream” charted on both New Music Weekly and Music Row and held the #1 spot on radio in the central region for 6 weeks on New Music Weekly. The music video was featured on CMT, and news outlet Country Rebel. That video can be seen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDGoJ0L2HYE.

Houston Bernard is already carving a path to success, having already released a number of popular singles. The talented singer offers a blend of relatable lyrics, powerhouse vocals, and a touch of twang. Several of those singles have been nominated for The New England Country Awards and the Josie Awards.

As Bernard continues to grow a loyal fanbase, his ultimate goal is to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and Stagecoach Festival, as well as to tour nationally. Houston has shared bills with country superstars like Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Granger Smith, Montgomery Gentry, Marshall Tucker Band, and Clint Black.

With his previous releases, Bernard has already accumulated over 450k+ streams and is looking to break that number with this song. “I’m proud to carry the same hard work ethic and outlook into my life and music. Quality over quantity and I’m proud to represent the Bernard family and I think this song does just that. I’m hoping others will connect with it as I have and I’m blessed every day to be able to share my music with anyone who will listen.”  And people are listening. In fact, New England Country Music Blog said Bernard is on the fast track to becoming a contender for great country music today. His sound, a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll, has attitude and depth.”

Follow Houston on his musical journey on his various socials, including InstagramSpotifyFacebook, and Apple Music.


Drew Green is Mixing Hip-Hop Beats With Country Lyrics

Drew Green is an up-and-coming artist that you need to know about. If you haven’t heard of Drew Green, look him up right now. The first time I saw him on Apple Music, he gave me Chase Rice vibes. When I listened to him for the first time, I got Florida Georgia Line vibes from Green. He is definitely cut from that cloth, he probably isn’t going to release a George Strait type song, but there’s still plenty of room for him in the genre. Green dabbles in a sound between radio-friendly and country hip hop. Green is signed to Cornman Music, which is associated with Warner Chappell Nashville.

Green really got his name on the map, ironically with Florida Georgia Line. He wrote “Colorado” with Hardy and Hunter Phelps. Hardy, we have mentioned many times as one of the top writers in Nashville right now. Phelps has penned several hits as well, so the fact that Green has worked his way up to getting in the room with them is a testament to his skill. “Colorado” never got to the radio, but FGL put it into their setlists on tour, and it was a great moment in the show.

Green released his debut EP, Dirt Boy Vol.1, last year, and it has some absolute bangers on it. The first song and single from the EP is “She Got That,” which is featured on many charts such as Today’s Country on Apple Music. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this song pop up on the country airplay chart, as it infuses how much Green loves a girl with a cool beat. The EP’s second song is “Woods,” which sounds like a Florida Georgia Line hit. The song’s wordplay is fantastic and gives me personally Hardy vibes, which is a massive compliment to Green’s writing. One of my favorite lyrics of the many I like is “5, 4, Dale, 2, 1”, a reference to Dale Earnhardt. I don’t know if I have ever heard Dale dropped instead of the number three, but I really like it. The song has all the bro-country music elements, which is fine because the world needs them, and this song sounds really good bumping from the truck speakers.

The third song is “Little More Be Alright” which is a slowed-down song about growing up and living life. It starts out with Green taking care of animals and then going fishing. The song’s chorus talks about how he is happy with everything he has, but a little more would be alright with him. This sentiment is cool to me because people often glorify not having a lot to write music, but for people who have been there, this song should hit differently. It makes sense to me because people who work there assess off to make it by usually do the most essential jobs, but at the same time, why do it if you don’t have to? 

“Fine by Me” should hit for anyone who has a girlfriend who likes taking rides around. This is one of my favorite things to do with my girl, so I quickly clicked with it. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter what you do; whatever she wants to do works. The first verse of the song hit so hard for me.

“Go one and flip the station. I don’t like that new stuff like you like that new stuff but, I know you gonna change it, and that’s fine by me; we’ll be rollin’ up the windows, trying to keep your hair down, trying to keep the dust-out…”

           I think every guy with a pickup has been in this situation; when we go for a ride, I have Alan Jackson on; usually, it gets changed to Morgan Wallen really quickly. It’s a perfect song for that Friday night where you are just happy to do nothing as long as you are with your girl.

           After a brief interlude, Green breaks out “Dirty Money,” a country rap song. The song is more “Dirt Road Anthem” than Ryan Upchurch. I like the idea behind “Dirty Money” because it has a very work hard play challenging theme to it. I think that it sounds really good with the windows down. It is similar to “Woods” in my opinion, only it rocks a little harder, and it is more about doing shit with the boys than being with a girl. The lyrics are the opposite of “money doesn’t grow on trees,” money actually does grow out on the farm. You just have to go out and get it.

           The EP’s final song is “Right Where I Be,” which is an upbeat love song about how Green is happy as long as he is with his girl. He is ok with blowing off a party to go out into the country and be with his girl. This is another jam song, not as heavy as “Woods” or “Dirty Money” but still works with the windows down. The song’s music video features a former “Bachelor” contestant Danielle Maltby, which doesn’t hurt the song. The song deserves more praise than I’m currently giving it, but go listen to the entire EP. Drew Green is coming, and I cannot wait to see it unfold.