Boys 'Round Here

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"Boys 'Round Here"
Single by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and friends
from the album Based on a True Story…
Released March 26, 2013
Format Music download
Genre Bro-country, country rap
Length 4:48
3:48 (Radio edit)
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s) Rhett Akins
Dallas Davidson
Craig Wiseman
Producer(s) Scott Hendricks
Blake Shelton singles chronology
"Sure Be Cool If You Did"
(2013)
"Boys 'Round Here"
(2013)
"Mine Would Be You"
(2013)
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"Boys 'Round Here" is a song recorded by American country music artist Blake Shelton. It was released in 2013 as the second single from his seventh studio album, Based on a True Story…

Content[edit]

The song is a celebration of Southern life. It is in the key of A major with an approximate tempo of 84 beats per minute and a chord pattern of A-D. Its verses are largely spoken-word.[1]

It features backing vocals from several people associated with Shelton: the Pistol Annies, a group featuring Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert; RaeLynn, a contestant on The Voice, on which Shelton is a judge; co-writers Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Craig Wiseman; and producer Scott Hendricks.[2] Co-writer Craig Wiseman said that the opening line "The boys 'round here don't listen to The Beatles" came from Davidson, who made the remark after seeing Beatles memorabilia in Wiseman's office. After Davidson said the word "redneck", Wiseman decided to "[chop] it up into short pieces" to create the "red, red, red, red, red, red, redneck" heard in the opening. Of the song's theme, Wiseman said that he felt it was an example of "write what you know" despite criticism of songs which use similar Southern themes.[3]

Shelton said of the song, "That song had me from the first, ‘cause I thought about all the guys I know back in Tishamingo [sic]. None of them listened to The Beatles. They listened to Hank, or these days you’ll hear Jason Aldean blaring out of somebody’s car coming from a mile away. It’s just how they are, and that song is just written exactly how I live."[4]

Celebrity mix version[edit]

On June 7, 2013, a Celebrity mix version premiered on BlakeShelton.com. It features Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Ronnie Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley, Josh Turner, Keith Urban, and Hank Williams Jr., each of whom performs part of the "redneck" line. The Celebrity mix version was released to iTunes on June 11, 2013.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song 4.5 stars out of 5, saying that it "is intentionally silly, but score the singer significant style points for never taking his story too seriously."[6] Giving it 4 out of 5 stars, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock compared it favorably to Shelton's previous singles "Ol' Red" and "Playboys of the Southwestern World", saying that "Boys 'Round Here" "took chances" like those songs did. He also praised the instrumentation.[7] A less favorable review came from Sam Gazdziak of Country Universe, who said that it was "sexist, crude and jam-packed with country stereotypes, it’s an embarrassment to everyone involved".[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered in May 2013.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Boys 'Round Here" débuted at number 44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 6, 2013. It also debuted at number 19 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of April 13, 2013.[10] It also debuted at number 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of April 13, 2013. It also debuted at number 60 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of April 20, 2013. It has sold over a million copies in the United States as of June 2013.[11] It reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart dated June 29, 2013, becoming Shelton's ninth consecutive Number One country single, and his fourteenth overall. The song was certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on September 30, 2013. As of June 2014, the song has sold 2,559,000 copies in the US.[12]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Highway Don't Care"
by Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

June 29, 2013
Succeeded by
"Anywhere with You"
by Jake Owen
Preceded by
"Wagon Wheel"
by Darius Rucker
Billboard Canada Country
number-one single

June 15-July 13, 2013
Succeeded by
"Done"
by The Band Perry

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Boys Round Here' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  2. ^ http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2013/03/19/gac-album-review-blake-sheltons-based-on-a-true-story/
  3. ^ Paxman, Bob (27 May 2013). "Story Behind the Song: Good Ol' Boys". Country Weekly 20 (21): 17. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  4. ^ http://www.roughstock.com/blog/blake-shelton-based-on-a-true-story-song-by-song
  5. ^ "Premiere: First Listen To "Boys 'Round Here" Celebrity Mix". Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ http://tasteofcountry.com/blake-shelton-boys-round-here/
  7. ^ http://www.roughstock.com/reviews/single-review-blake-shelton-boys-round-here
  8. ^ http://www.countryuniverse.net/2013/04/08/album-review-blake-shelton-based-on-a-true-story/
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Blake Shelton : Boys 'Round Here". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chart Highlights: New Kids On The Block Return With 'Remix' On Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Paul Grein (June 12, 2013). "Week Ending June 9, 2013. Songs: Pretty Fly For A White Guy". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). 
  12. ^ a b Paul Grein (June 25, 2014). "Chart Watch: Maroon 5 Beats Coldplay". Chart Watch (Yahoo Music). 
  13. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Blake Shelton.
  14. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Blake Shelton.
  15. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Blake Shelton.
  16. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Blake Shelton.
  17. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Blake Shelton.
  18. ^ "Best of 2013: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Blake Shelton – Boys %27Round Here". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 26, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH