Ronnie Dunn Defends Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” After Backlash: “I Grew Up Poor”

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Blake Shelton found himself in some hot water after what was called a “tone deaf” performance of new song “Minimum Wage” on New Year’s Eve.

Long story short: Folks on Twitter got made that Blake was romanticizing making minimum wage during a pandemic when millions have lost their jobs. Not to mention Blake himself definitely makes A LOT more than minimum wage.

If you haven’t heard it yet, here’s the chorus:

“You can make a six pack on the carpet
Taste like a million dollar bill
You can make a one bed room apartment
Feel like a house up on the hill
You can make my truck out in the driveway
Roll like a cleaned up Cadillac
Girl, lookin’ at you lookin’ at me that way
Can make a man feel rich on minimum wage.”

And while appealing to the common man has always been a part of country music (one of the more popular counter-arguments to the backlash), Blake now has Ronnie Dunn in his corner.

Ronnie shared this rant on social media earlier today, reminding folks that a lot of these singers busted their asses to get where they are today.

The “beef” is yet another of those misguided social issue (cultural scams) that are concocted to further divide this country. I’m putting my money on the common sense of the common man to call bullshit on the forces at work to keep this country divided.

Now, they want to attack country singers for being successful.

I slept on a mattress on the floor in a musician friend’s spare bedroom and played BEER JOINTS / DIVE BARS for years before I ever made a $100. Most country singers pay dues and go through things to become successful that no sane human being would.

I grew up poor. My father was a truck driver, avid country music fan and oilfield worker all his life. My mother worked a “minimum wage” job as a small town bank teller to help support a family with four kids.

The entire world wants to hitch a free ride on the American Dream. Those that don’t want to diminish or destroy it.

Read the full lyrics to Blake’s song. Hell, I wish I’d written it.


American Made, Country Music singin’, song writin’ millionaire sumbitch!”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock