Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer

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"Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer"
Single by Johnny Russell
from the album Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer
B-side "She's a Natural Woman"
Released July 30, 1973
Genre Country
Length 2:46
Label RCA
Writer(s) Wayland Holyfield
Bob McDill
Producer(s) Jerry Bradley
Johnny Russell singles chronology
"Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer"
"The Baptism of Jesse Taylor"

"Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer" is a song written by Bob McDill and Wayland Holyfield, and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Russell. It was released in July 1973 as the first single from his album Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer. The song peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, making it his only top-ten.[1] It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada,[2] thus becoming his only number 1.

The song is performed from the perspective of a patron of a neighborhood tavern. Although he notes the cigarette smoke hanging in the air (a dated reference to a time when most taverns allowed smoking), and describes several customers – patrons who either make an unwanted pass at a female bartender, a cowboy who "cusses the pinball machine," a drunken customer who has become boisterous and another customer who phones his wife to tell her he'll soon be leaving for home – he also refers to the good times and camaraderie of friends at the establishment ("The four-thirty crowd is about to arrive/The sun's goin' down, and we'll all soon be here").

A reference is also made to "There Stands the Glass," a No. 1 country hit by Webb Pierce, which is noted as playing on the jukebox.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1


  1. ^ "Johnny Russell singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "RPM Country Singles for November 3, 1973". RPM. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
Preceded by
"Kid Stuff"
by Barbara Fairchild
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

November 3-November 10, 1973
Succeeded by
"Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico"
by Johnny Rodriguez