Taking Back the Wheel
July 27, 2014 5:13 PM Subscribe
A riposte to the bros:
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duo Maggie & Tae take on bro country in "Girl in a Country Song"
- “Like all we’re good for is looking good for / You and your friends on the weekend, nothin’ more / We used to get a little respect / Now we’re lucky if we even get / to climb up in your truck, keep our mouths shut, and ride along.”As coined by New York Magazine's Jody Rosen
, "bro country" is "music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude" -
If “Cruise” were a guy at a bar, he would sidle up to the hottest blonde in the room, laugh loudly at his own jokes, and, after crashing and burning with a couple of lame pickup lines, ask, “Have you heard this awesome song?” Whereupon he would whip out his iPhone and dial up the video for Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise.”
A number of artists
have expressed displeasure
with bro country and its creators (who have not hesitated to speak back
), leading to something of a genre-wide feud
Much of the criticism of bro country also references the dearth of female artists on today's country charts, something one of the foremost bros attributes to the fact that female artists "kind of have to be able to hang with the guys but also be feminine and pretty, and it’s just a tough dynamic."
Some representative samples of bro country:
Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"
- the best-selling digital country song of all time
Luke Bryan, "That's My Kind of Night"
- which Zac Brown called "the worst song I've ever heard"
Blake Shelton, "Boys Round Here"
Kip Moore, "Somethin' Bout a Truck"
Jason Aldean, "Dirt Road Anthem"
NB: "Girl in a Country Song" is not to be confused with the similarly-titled, also newly released single by Maggie Rose, "Girl in Your Truck Song,"
"a love letter to bro country" that is also provoking some strong reactions