At this point, I think it’s pretty safe to say that Florida Georgia Line released the worst song in the history of “country music,” (note the very important sarcastic quotes around the term “country music”).
Potentially dethroning their own song “Swerve,” this new one titled “New Truck”is the epitome of awful. So much so, that their own fans were taking them to task on Instagram, and they don’t even allow people to comment on the YouTube audio link.
It’s BAD… and even other artists are taking note. Like Ward Davis.
Ward Davis put together one of the best albums in all of country music last year. Titled Black Cats & Crows, it was a shoo-in for our annual Albums of the Year list. And even if you’re not familiar with Ward’s music, you may recognize his songwriting contributions for artists like Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan, and even Merle and Willie’s 2015 album Django and Jimmie.
Either way, Ward knows a thing or two about what makes a good song, and after the absolute travesty that Florida Georgia Line released this past weekend, he had some thoughts. Articulated in a way that I’ve never quite heard before, but in a way that makes a whole lot of sense.
“I wish people heard the same way they smell. For instance, my wife likes the smell of lavender, and I don’t. It doesn’t make me gag. It’s not repugnant. I just don’t like it. But like also, my two year old shit her diaper the other day, and everyone agreed that it smelled terrible. Feces IS repugnant. No sane person could have ever walked into the bedroom and got a whiff of that poopy diaper and said “hey! Bottle that up, call it perfume, and let’s sell it to the masses.”
Smell it and let me know if I’m making any sense at all.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
If there is such a thing as objectively bad in music, this right here… this is it.