Ironically enough, Aussie Keith Urban has captured over 100 years of American culture in his latest single ‘John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.’ Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne, the lyrics throw nods to everything from Pepsi and Gibson to Marylin Monroe and Kris Kristofferson. The new track is the lead single from Urban’s upcoming studio album, of which, the details are unknown.
Urban is largely sans that rocking guitar sound we are used to, rather the track relies on a heavy bass line with drum machines and some scratching. Most similar to his lead single from Fuse, ‘Little Bit Of Everything.’ All those “this isn’t country music” gremlins out there will be quick to discard it as pop garbage, but it’s hard to argue with the themes of the song being anything but country. It’s nostalgic, it’s American and there is a little something for everyone. It has the old rock n’ roll references that my dad will love, the small town high school scene that I still remember and a little Bible verse in the chorus, just for mama.
Aside from being catchy as all hell, this song is an anthem to the things that shaped my life and many other lives in small town America. Keith’s vocals are supreme and the quick guitar solo reminds us that Keith is still Keith. I’m currently destroying the repeat button.