That's a Man

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"That's A Man"
Single by Jack Ingram
from the album Big Dreams & High Hopes
Released October 13, 2008
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:42
Label Big Machine
Writer(s) Steven Dale Jones
Ed Hill
Mark D. Sanders
Producer(s) Jeremy Stover
Jack Ingram singles chronology
"Maybe She'll Get Lonely"
"That's a Man"
"Barefoot and Crazy"

"That's a Man" is a song recorded by American country music singer Jack Ingram. The song was composed by Mark D. Sanders, Ed Hill and Steven Dale Jones. It was released in November 2008 as the lead-off single to his album, Big Dreams & High Hopes. The song is Ingram's sixth Top 40 entry on the Billboard country charts.


"That's a Man" is a mid-tempo mostly accompanied by electric guitar and pedal steel guitar. In it, the narrator describes three different men, citing each as an example of men that are committed to their lives and peers. The first verse focuses on a nineteen-year-old who works two jobs to raise a family; the second tells of two Marines who become friends while in combat until one of them is killed; and an old farmer who is trying to maintain his family's farm is described in the third.[1]


Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review. He compared the song to Lee Roy Parnell's "roots-y country rock anthems about the common folks" such as 1993's "On the Road", adding " There’s a place on country radio for songs like “That’s A Man” and Ingram should be the man to take it."[2] Jasper Jones of 411 Mania gave the song two-and-a-half out of five, saying that the song had a worthy concept but awkward lyrics.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008-2009) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 18
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 4


  1. ^ Smith, Hazel (2008-11-03). "HOT DISH: Jack Ingram Talks About "That's a Man"". CMT. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  2. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Jack Ingram - "That's a Man" Single Review". Roughstock. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ Jones, Jasper (2009-01-05). "Country Singles Jubilee 01.05.09: The Just Say No Edition". Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Jack Ingram Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jack Ingram.
  5. ^ "Jack Ingram Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Jack Ingram.

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