She's Country

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"She's Country"
Single by Jason Aldean
from the album Wide Open
Released December 1, 2008
Genre Country rock
Length 3:38
Label Broken Bow
Writer(s) Danny Myrick
Bridgette Tatum
Producer(s) Michael Knox
Certification 2× Platinum (RIAA)
Jason Aldean singles chronology
"Relentless"
(2008)
"She's Country"
(2008)
"Big Green Tractor"
(2009)

"She's Country" is a song written by Danny Myrick and Bridgette Tatum and recorded by American country music artist Jason Aldean. It was released in December 2008 as the lead-off single from his album Wide Open and the seventh one of his career. This song is used in the Rock Band Country Track Pack, and has been confirmed as upcoming downloadable content for the Rock Band series.

Content[edit]

This song is a moderate up-tempo featuring accompaniment from electric guitar. The verses outline various females from various rural places in the United States. Each is described as being "country" in nature "from her cowboy boots to her down home roots".

According to Country Weekly magazine, songwriter Bridgette Tatum got together with fellow songwriter Danny Myrick after thinking of a groove "that she didn't want to forget."[1] They were thinking of several lyrics until Myrick added a guitar riff, and they thought of the title, "She's Country." When Myrick and Tatum finished the song, they recommended the song to Aldean.[1]

Reception[edit]

Pierce Greenberg of The 9513 gave the song a thumbs-down rating. He described it as having "dumbed-down lyrics and amped-up, rock-based production", in addition to saying that it was a "step backwards" from his previous singles such as "Laughed Until We Cried".[2] Blake Boldt of Country Universe gave it a C- rating, saying that its lyrics were "cliché-laden" and sexist because of the oversimplified terms used to describe the women.[3]

Performance and music video[edit]

Aldean debuted the song in November 2008 at the Country Music Association awards shortly before its release as a single. Footage of the live performance was used as the song's music video.[4] A second music video, based on the studio version of the song, was released in February 2009, and Jason Aldean returned to Wes Edwards, who directed his first four music videos to direct this music video. This music video shows Jason Aldean at his concerts, and during his touring. The video was voted number 35 on GAC's Top 50 Videos of the Year.

Charts[edit]

The song debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 51 for the chart week of December 6, 2008, and entered the top 40 the following week. On the week of May 16, 2009, it became his second number-one song on the chart and his first since "Why" in May 2006. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on the chart week of November 29, 2008, at number 90, but fell off until the chart week of February 7, 2009, when it re-entered at number 88. The song has since become Aldean's first Top 40 hit on the Hot 100, peaking at number 29. It has also been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America as a digital single on October 5, 2012, as well being certified gold as a mastertone on August 25, 2009.[5] As of June 2011, the song was sold 1,612,000 times in the United States, making it the second best-selling song by a male solo country artist, only being surpassed by Aldean's "Big Green Tractor".[6]

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
Position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 90
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 29
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 14
Preceded by
"It's America"
by Rodney Atkins
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

May 16, 2009
Succeeded by
"It Happens"
by Sugarland

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Conaway, Alanna (2009-06-15). "Story Behind the Song: Country Girls Can Survive". Country Weekly 16 (18): 24. 
  2. ^ Greenberg, Pierce (2008-11-21). "Jason Aldean - "She's Country"". The 9513. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  3. ^ Boldt, Blake (2008-11-19). "Jason Aldean - "She's Country"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  4. ^ "Jason Aldean Debuts Next Single at CMAs". Great American Country. Retrieved 2009-02-18.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ "RIAA search results for Jason Aldean". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  6. ^ http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/74380/week-ending-june-26-2011-songs-a-twist-at-the-voice/
  7. ^ "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  8. ^ "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Jason Aldean Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jason Aldean. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.