A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song is a country anthem that celebrates what it means to wear a cowboy hat and tight jeans. Country fans will love how it paints a colorful picture of Southern life, but parents will not appreciate the description of driving “with an ice cold beer in the console,” and mentions of "hangin' with good friends Jack (Daniels) and Jim (Beam)." Dirt road or not, drinking and driving is never OK, and parents may want to remind kids about the consequences of such dangerous and irresponsible behavior.
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What's the story?
On his third single from the platinum-selling album My Kinda Party, relative newcomer Jason Aldean celebrates and makes no apologies for the ways of a Southern man. "DIRT ROAD ANTHEM" was originally written and recorded by Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert, but Aldean puts his own stamp on it and even tries his hand at something of an oxymoron: country rap.
Is it any good?
When it comes to country anthems, just mentioning beer, dirt roads, or George Jones will make it an easy fan favorite. This song touches on many aspects of country life, from cornbread and biscuits to partying in a cow pasture. It's too bad that driving "with a beer in the console" is included as part of this Southern image. The rap part of the single certainly adds an unexpected twist and picks up the slow tempo, but this tune is not destined to be a country classic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of country music. What characteristics make a song fall into this genre? Is it the lyrics, content, or music? Do you think artists play up certain characteristics in their music to sell more records?
This song celebrates the stereotypes of country and Southern folks. What are some of these stereotypes? Is it ever fair to label a whole group of people?
The song celebrates alcohol. What are the real-life consequences of drinking?