Country Girl (Shake It for Me)
|"Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"|
|Single by Luke Bryan|
|from the album Tailgates & Tanlines|
|Released||March 14, 2011|
|Writer(s)||Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson|
|Luke Bryan singles chronology|
"Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Luke Bryan. It was released in March 2011 as the first single from his album Tailgates & Tanlines. Upon being released, it debuted at number 52 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts for the week of April 2, 2011. The song has sold 2,199,000 copies as of October 2012. The song was written by Bryan and Dallas Davidson.
Background and writing
"Country Girl" is a song about "a country girl getting up there getting a little wild", according to co-writer Dallas Davidson. Bryan said that he and Davidson came up with the idea after listening to hip-hop songs, when Bryan began playing a "groove". He then told Davidson that the country genre needed more songs about "country girls shaking it a little bit". Davidson said that he and Bryan were initially "suspicious" about the song's prospects as a hit, since it sounded so different from "Rain Is a Good Thing", which Davidson also co-wrote. After he found that he got a positive reaction from playing it in concert, Bryan then decided to release it as a single.
The song is in E dorian (i.e., an E minor scale with the sixth tone raised by a semitone), with open fifths in the accompaniment instead of chords, forming a pattern of E5-G5-D5-E5 twice in the verses. The chorus uses this pattern twice, and then follows it with a pattern of E5-G5-A5-E5-D5-A5-E5-G5-A5-E5 as Bryan sings "Country girl, shake it for me, girl, shake it for me, girl, shake it for me."
Sam Gazdziak of the 9513 gave the song a "thumbs down," calling it "shamelessly sexist" and "thoroughly unremarkable," and saying it sounded like "something Justin Moore would've passed on." Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a four-star rating, calling it a "ditty" but saying "the song screams hit" and calling it "downright charming." Kevin John Coyne, reviewing the song for Country Universe, gave it a B rating, saying that Jason Aldean would have been too aggressive in this song, but Bryan "melts away its sexist edge by layering it with goofiness and playful energy." He goes on to call it a "shamelessly catchy ditty."
The music video was directed by Shaun Silva and premiered in May 2011. It was filmed in Los Angeles at Siren Studios. The video tells a story of a small-town girl coming to L.A. to audition and beat out all the big-city dancers.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||50|
|US Billboard Hot 100||22|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||4|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||16|
|US Billboard Hot 100||81|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||160,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Billboard Hot Country Songs — April 2, 2011
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- Bjorke, Matt (2011-03-23). "Luke Bryan — "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)"". Roughstock. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
- Coyne, Kevin John (July 12, 2011). "Summer Single Reviews Round-Up: Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Jerrod Niemann, Zac Brown Band, Dierks Bentley". Country Universe. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
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