The first time I heard Luke Bryan’s ‘My Kinda Night’ I was offended. I was offended as a human. There is no way the powers-that-be think people will buy this, right? I actually thought it was a joke. I laughed. A lot. The problem for me wasn’t that it used every single buzz word and cliche ever used in any country song - ever. The problem was that it was real. To be fair, I didn’t know who Luke Bryan was. Maybe Luke Bryan was the Weird Al of country music? I hoped. I hadn’t listened to country music in years so I was actually convinced that it was a parody. So much so that it took a few days for me to realize just how real it was. Twenty-one-weeks-on-the-Billboard-100-peaked-at #15-still at #38-kind of real. It seemed the only other person on earth who shared my disbelief was Zac Brown, who kindly said it was 'the worst song he'd ever heard.”I say kindly because he started off my saying he considered Luke a friend. :-)
So what could I do? I tried making fun of the song to people around me but it was like I was in the Twilight Zone. It only took a few “What’s wrong with it?” and “Yeah, I love that song!” responses to realize what was going on. As is the case in many areas of life, it took someone from outside to see this song for what it really was. Those who have listened to country music consistently over the years are like the frog put in a pot of cold water that didn’t realize it was getting hotter until it was too late. The music went from having a few trucks, riverbeds, moonlights and tight jeans, to being ridiculously overrun by them. I know I’m not describing all of country music or all of its fans. The term ‘Bro Country’ was created to describe these ridiculous songs filled with cliche. This brings us to the song you have either just listened to or will listen to- hopefully both.
Last night I decided to make a list of all of the cliches that littered the country music scene in 2013. The goal was to right a parody of a Bro Country song. So I did. In an hour. I recorded it on my phone and played it back. Every line was a cliche. Every word was on the paper. But it wasn’t a parody at all. It was just a good ‘ol Bro Country tune. How could that be?? I GIVE UP!! It was clear to me at this point that it is impossible to write a parody of something that sounds like a parody of something in its original state.
Anyway, I’m not a producer,sound engineer or a recording artist. I’m just a guy with garage band and a guitar who’s wife works on Friday nights… So don’t judge the quality, just enjoy the song for what it is… whatever that is.