Luke Bryan – “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”

Sam Gazdziak | April 7th, 2011

Luke BryanWith a voice made for country music, a tendency to record catchy tunes like “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “All My Friends Say,” and a willingness to wear a leotard to garner ACM votes, Luke Bryan comes across as a likable guy who makes country music because he wants to, not because it’s advantageous to his career. He’s the kind of singer that country fans would root for, but when he records songs that sound like something Justin Moore would have passed on, he doesn’t make it easy.

As another entry in the “men like staring at women’s asses” sub-genre of country music, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” is thoroughly unremarkable. Bryan, who co-wrote this song with Dallas Davidson, gains points for avoiding the word “badonkadonk,” but he loses points for advising the country girl in question to “shake it for the catfish swimming down deep in the creek.” Talk about an unappreciative audience.

“Country Girl” is shamelessly sexist, but it’s too ridiculous to cause offense and too dumbed-down to be edgy. The lyrics get the Steve Goodman “You Never Even Call Me by My Name” treatment, where anything that sounds remotely “country” gets included. As if using the word in the title wasn’t enough, Bryan also throws in references to Georgia mud, barns, trucks and tractors to leave no doubt that this is a country thing. City girls are invited to shake it in some other song.

Where “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” will work is as an opening song for Bryan’s live show. The pounding drums and the repetitive lyrics should get people out of their seat, cheering and fist-pumping. The fact that it will do what it was meant to do just proves that a song doesn’t have to be good in order to be successful.

After the tour is over, when Bryan has moved on to other – hopefully better – singles and women are tired of shaking it on the hood of his daddy’s tractor or shaking it for rockin’ rednecks, let us never speak of this song again.

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Listen: Luke Bryan – “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)”

  1. gloria
    April 7, 2011 at 7:40 am

    Cannot stand this song!! So getting tired of I’m Country anthems and tractor songs and mudding.

  2. Thomas
    April 7, 2011 at 8:04 am

    …”honey, i’d love to see you shake your bottom for my friend, the catfish, and me”.

    guess, this makes this “thing” the perfect anthem for perverts, who like fishin’. ain’t that too small a niche for a new single release?

  3. Jonathan
    April 7, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Just when I was starting to really like Luke, too. It’s shame he has to waste his talents on a song like this.

    Let’s hope the “men like staring at women’s asses” sub-genre of country music” isn’t becoming the new norm. We already have all those songs about being country to deal with.

    This is right up there on my list of 2011′s worst country singles not only because it’s juvenile, but because I expected more from a guy who’s had a great run of recent hits.

    When will singers get back to singing straight forward country songs?

  4. AtlantaFan
    April 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    Spring Break anthem? Blech…….

  5. Fizz
    April 7, 2011 at 8:37 am

    To be blared between “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy” and ZZ Top’s “Tube Snake Boogie” at a dingy warehouse-turned-stripjoint near you.

    “Luke Bryan … sings country music because he wants to,” and he’ll gladly tell you. He’s a “country man,” after all.

  6. MR. ROBERTS
    April 7, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Hope he’s not still signing about teeny-butts when he is old like Brooks & Dunn did. This is one negative review that even I support without reservation.

    Waynoe Rehabilitated

  7. Lee S.
    April 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Been a fan of Luke for years, but this song is crap.

    Gotta agree that this song would have been more at home on his Shore Thing EP, and it likely would have annoyed me less if it was. Hopefully the rest of the album will be better – still holding out for “Small Town Favorite Son.”

  8. Stormy
    April 7, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Anyone else starting to suspect that Dallas Davidson has never actually talked to a woman? Like, ever?

  9. Noeller
    April 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Just gross. I am not looking forward to the day I have to start spinning this. :s We’ve reached a new low…

  10. Fizz
    April 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Hearing the song’s bad enough, but thenI actually read the lyrics. They’re just begging for an X-rated parody, possibly starting with:

    “Got a little crank in my truck
    Gonna open the doors, honey let’s blast up!

  11. Kyle
    April 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I wish you people would quit complaining about awesome songs. The moment I heard this song come on the radio the first time I CRANKED it up. Luke had big hits with the ballads Do I and Someone Else Callin You Baby. Now he is lightening the mood a little and having fun. He is proud of where he came and enjoying singing about it. Country girls are nicer, more fun and a blast to be around because they are not afraid to have fun and get crazy. There are plenty of songs out there that aren’t “good” but they still become hits.The weather is gettin nicer and we need some upbeat fun songs. Lighten up people and crank it. I LOVE this song.

  12. Kyle
    April 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    The mind bogglingly ironic and frustrating thing about this is that Bryan has a much better (and still radio friendly) song on his most recent album called “What Country Is” that rips on songs like this for being lame and disingenuous (click my name above to listen).

    How do you look at the two songs, and decide to go with this one?

  13. Kyle
    April 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Whoa. It appears I may be bipolar.

    Guess I need a new handle?

  14. Fizz
    April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I love country girls too, but this song insults their intelligence.

  15. Noeller
    April 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Anybody else entirely creeped out by the opening where he’s sorta whispering directly to the girl?? Dude, serious….the whole thing is just wrong on so many levels.

  16. Stormy
    April 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Fizz
    April 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm #I love country girls too, but this song insults their intelligence.

    That’s because you live in a world where we are supposed to have brains, ideas, souls, feelings and other weird stuff like that. This song, and I am beginning to suspect Davidson, exist in a world where we only have body parts.

  17. Fizz
    April 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    It’s the kind of song that makes an argument for the oft-bemoaned sexless Nashville model. If THIS is how they’re going to treat a sexy topic, forget it. It’d be different if the lyrics weren’t so obvious, if they were screamed over a ton of other instruments and not really intelligible anyway. But then, I guess that would make it not a country song.

    And yeah, Noeller, dude sounds like an amateur pimp, or the sort of weirdo who might “like to watch.”

  18. luckyoldsun
    April 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I predict that the Library of Congress will not be adding this to its permanent collection of great American recordings.

  19. Noeller
    April 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    @Fizz — good call, dude. Big time creepy…

  20. Devin
    April 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I’m a big Luke fan, but this is painfully bad.

    A song like this has only one place: in a honkytonk/concert.

    Not my radio.

  21. Nicolas
    April 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

    The title alone makes me want to avoid ever hearing this.

    Its a shame he put out a song like this… after I enjoyed the 3 solid hits from his previous album. Here’s hoping this is the worst song on his next album and we have something to look forward to, as he has a really good, unique voice.

  22. Kyle
    April 9, 2011 at 11:22 am

    It there any song that the 9513 doesn’t criticize? They aren’t trying to hide what the song is about. If you don’t like it when it comes on your radio turn the channel. Simple as that. Every song I like I get on here and see what the review says and they are always whining about something. This song is already in the top 25 on Billboard so a lot of people out there must like it. It’s gonna be a hit whether you guys like it or not.

  23. luckyoldsun
    April 9, 2011 at 11:51 am

    “It there any song that the 9513 doesn’t criticize?”

    Yes, I’ve personally noticed several.

    I have a feeling that if they decided that they would criticize only 10% of the new songs issued, this one would make the select 10%.

  24. Barry Mazor
    April 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Dear Kyle.

    It is not critics’ jobs to pick hits, promote them, or to automatically knock them either. It’s more like looking for things you’ll still remember later, that can last, or won’t be embarrassed to have liked when 5 minutes passes. It’s called searching for gold. There’s no right or wrorng in it, just casesss better made and less well-made; it’s why there are discussions.

    And those who think there oughtn’t to be any such thing can, as you say, switch to another page. Simple as THAT.

  25. Ahlea
    April 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    absolutely LOVE this song! and absolutely love luke! people should probably hating on this song because i see it becoming a big hit! (:

  26. Fizz
    April 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Oh boy, here we go again. “Well, it’s climbing the charts, so it must be good!” Next he’ll ask us when OUR CD is coming out.

  27. SW
    April 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    This song is abhorrent on so many levels. I do not understand how anyone could possibly defend it. Absolutely terrible. Respect to the “Kyle” referencing “What Country Is,” that song is catchy and even though a bit stale, far fresher than this waste of ink.

  28. Ben Foster
    April 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Fantastic review. Agreed – we shall never speak of this again.

  29. Terrie
    April 11, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Love it!!!

  30. Carrie
    April 13, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Finally heard this for the first time today. Oh. My. Gosh. No. Just no.

    As I tweeted: “Luke Bryan, I expect better from you.”

    Bad on so many levels. Oy vey.

  31. Skyler Wooster
    April 14, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Y’all city slickers and well idk what you must be to not like this song, I love this song and so does the rest of us cowboys and country boys. them country girls are amazing and city girls have nothin on them!!!

  32. Barry Mazor
    April 14, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Skyler–you need to fill us in on how you came to meet and know every single coiuntry boy and country girl. You must be a really busy guy. Some kind of slicker maybe..

  33. MR. ROBERTS
    April 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    @Barry – Although I understand generalized statements can not substantiated, and though it is obvious that Skyler’s post is rather simplified in thought and prose, I don’t know if that makes them unworthy.

    Many times there have been generalized statements made by those here who profess to know more about the music industry than the normal Joe, such as Jon’s post April 9th, 4:50 pm, on the “Let’s Write That” thread. Generalized, posted authoritatively, no substantiation, and yet not challenged.

    If I make the statement, “Most country music listeners hail from rural areas or cities of less than 50,000 people”, I cannot readily provide statistical evidence of such a comment. However, it is a decent assumption the commetn would probably be correct.

  34. Barry Mazor
    April 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Nope, Mr. Roberts, we don’t get to Just Make Things Up. You can say, ‘As best I understand it or I THINK i {anybody know?} , most country music listeners hail from small towns”–but why would you want to get that specific–misleadinglye specific without hard info–about somethting you know vaguely. What you know is that you think a lot of country listeners come from small towns and the country.

    It’s not such a big dang deal not to know something. I don’t have those numbers at my fingertips, but I’m prtety sure the CMA does. And I do know that hard numbers on country tend to defy expectations. (There’s a much larger wealthy audience now than people like to imagine or let on, for instance.)

    I wasn’t looking for hard info form Skyler; just a lreasonable amount of modesty in ways of stating things–especially when what ya want to do is make some new imaginary “us vs. you guys” division

    I try hard, by the way, not to underestimate or overestmate) people’s thoughts by their level of prose; I’ve known too many brilliant people with less eductaion or vocabularies or both and dumb asses with degrees to fall for that one. But there are as many bad ior half-baked ideas simply stated as spelled out with more osphistication.

  35. Barry Mazor
    April 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    OK; I actually looked this up.

    According to the CMA, it is true that 35% of country music fans live in towns of 50,000 and smaller.

    Except it’s also true that 47% live in cities with populations over one million! (And the rest in places in between.)

    I didn’t remember that, didn’t know it, so now, there you have it.

  36. Jon
    April 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    OK; I actually looked this up.

    People like Waynoe hate it when you do that; it harshes their buzz.

  37. MR. ROBERTS
    April 14, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    @Barry-Disregarding Jon, which is easy to do, I am not necessarily advocating making statements that cannot be backed up. And to qualify statements by teh exceptions you mention is o.k. by me. My main point is that they are made on here by “others” yet there is no asking for the facts.

    Again reference the link in my aforementioned post. I am thinking that those who “appear” to have more inside knowledge may make statements in which they cannot, nor or asked to, substantiate. That is the main point I meant to make.

  38. luckyoldsun
    April 14, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Barry,

    People who assert facts without looking things up may be a problem.
    But I think an even bigger problem may be people who DO look things up–but are incapable of recognizing nonsense when they see it.

    There are 9 cities in the U.S. with populations over 1 million, per the 2010 census, and they have a total population of 23.6 million, or roughly 7.6% of the U.S. population. If that 7.6% accounts for 47% of country fans, then the other 92.4% accounts for 53% of country fans. Or the rate of country fandom in million-plus-population cities is MORE THAN 10 TIMES the rate of country fandom in the rest of the country.

    True, the million-plus cities include Houston and Dallas and San Antonio and Phoenix. But NEW YORK CITY HAS 8.3 MILLION PEOPLE–MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF ALL THE PEOPLE IN MILLION-PLUS CITIES.

    Now I KNOW that New York City has a lower rate of country music fans than the rest of the country. (I can state that because the last country music radio station in NYC exited more than 10 years ago. And the number of mainstream country hitmakers who perform in NYC is about zero.)

    I’m also confident that the rate of country music fans in L.A. and Chicago is not high, either.
    But just taking out NYC, there are only 15.3 million people in the U.S. who live in million-plus cities, or 5% of the population.

    So Barry, I don’t know how your numbers were compiled–Maybe they’re counting Long Island as part of New York City, and counting Orange County suburbs as part of L.A., for all I know–but I can state confidently that the number you quoted is bogus.

    Sorry Jon–I’ve spent too much time on this already. Unless somebody wants to pay me to do it, I’m not going to do any more research on it. The burden is on whoever’s presenting those numbers to back them up.

  39. Jon
    April 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Someone doesn’t know what an SMSA is or how many of them there are with populations over 1 million.

  40. Matt B
    April 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Luckyoldsun,

    Chicago is the #1 country music market in the country with US99. Country is VERY popular in Seattle (I am from there) and when you add in metro areas – or SMSA, which are used for statistical purposes, then the CMA statistics are spot-on.

  41. Barry Mazor
    April 14, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    They are indeed spot on, Matt B. You can have –and do have–a higher percentage probability that someone in the smaller towns will in fact be a country fan–which should be enough to show Sr. Roberts that he is not entireley off base–but big cities are–big. And so when you get very decent percentage numbers in thosoe metro areas, you very quickly wind up with more country fans total out of thsoe places–even though it may be a somewhat smaller percentage of the population involved. It’s not higher math. And the CMA will not be paying LuckyOl’ more than they paid the top reserach organization that did that work. Not this year, anyhow.

    Incidentally, WHN-AM in New York City was the most listened to country station in the nation right until they killed it, because the owners didn’t like the demographic (or, more likely, understand it) on an advertising basis.

  42. Jack Williams
    April 15, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I grew up 20 miles or so from NYC. WHN was huge and was my father’s radio station. He grew up in the Bronx. I wouldn’t call him a huge music fan, but he did have a few Johnny Cash albums, which got burned into my brain. I remember him saying to me something like “Mark my words. You’re going to like country music someday.”

  43. MR. ROBERTS
    April 15, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Barry stated, “…which should be enough to show Sr. Roberts that he is not entireley off base…”

    Ah, now my day will be fine indeed.

  44. luckyoldsun
    April 15, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Jon, Barry

    The exact quote was “it’s also true that 47% live in cities with populations over one million!”

    I said that’s nonsense.
    Apparently, nobody is sticking with it.

    If the claim now is that actually, 47% live in regions in the vicinities of cities that have aggregate populations in excess of 1 million–I won’t argue with that. But the factoid is rather meaningless unless one also indicates just how much of the U.S. population falls into that category.

    By the way, I think it’s a misstatement of history or wishful thinking to say that “WHN was huge.” They tried to make a splash and took out large poster-sized ads in the New York subways with pictures of Johnny Cash and other country artists of the time, but they were never very successful. They might have been “the most listened to country station in the nation,” but that’s because they were the only country station in a city of 8-million-plus people.

  45. Barry Mazor
    April 15, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I am sticking with the percentage because it’s true. There are more people in cities; get it. (Apparently not. This has nothing to do with what oercentage of people live in Metro Areas, but what percentage of identified country fans do.) It takes a smaller percentage of fans in thsoe place ti add up. These numbers are from hard specific research. And you’re factually wrong on WHN as well, I won’t go round and round with somebody (or othe)r who is invested in his own nonsense, not learning something.
    There’s plenty of light out here when your head’s where the sun DOES shine.

  46. MR. ROBERTS
    April 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Alright 9513 police, where are you on Barry’s last sentence on his recent post? Or does censorship depend on who says something?

  47. Paul W Dennis
    April 15, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    This may be the most meaningless debate I’ve read on this blog

  48. Jon
    April 16, 2011 at 1:26 am

    If the claim now is that actually, 47% live in regions in the vicinities of cities that have aggregate populations in excess of 1 million–I won’t argue with that. But the factoid is rather meaningless unless one also indicates just how much of the U.S. population falls into that category.

    I believe that would be 47%. It’s hardly meaningless, and it was perfecty clear what Barry meant. Why aren’t you calling yourself “Mr. Literal” now? Oh, wait, I know why.

    But this kind of foolishness is what I would expect from someone who so consistently misunderstands or misrepresents things. I’m still chortling over your “song-stealing” whopper.

  49. MR.ROBERTS
    April 16, 2011 at 8:03 am

    Jon – Don’t chortle too much. Not healthy for the heart.

  50. Libby
    April 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I come here because I am interested in many of the topics that are presented here. There are generally speaking 3 types of regular commenter’s here. The first includes Chris, Barry, Jon and a few others that for the most part comment reasonably and with some authority. I feel like I am actually learning something when they post. The second group may not have the “credentials” that the above have, but they post their thoughts reasonably. They may present an opposing viewpoint, but they do so with respect and an open mind. It’s interesting to read their thoughts. The third group has become tedious.

    Mr. Roberts, I understand your frustrations in general, but I loved Barry’s parting comment! :) I just don’t understand how you (and some of the others) can continue to try and justify certain viewpoints. You take the same predictable stand time and time again. Most scenarios can be applied to both the past and the present with the same results, both “good and bad”. The past isn’t always good and the present isn’t always bad.

  51. Stetson
    April 20, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Ha Ha I LOVE this song! Way to go Luke! Obviously, some people don’t like country girls :)

  52. Trinitie
    April 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I actually love this song, i’m a country girl and it’s an amazing song.!

  53. RowdyRed
    April 26, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I heard this song late at night (when there are no DJs on the air nowadays), and hated it so much it kept me awake for a good ten minutes.

    The next time I heard it, the daytime DJ identified the singer as Luke Bryan. I was seriously shocked. After the really great lyrics of the previous two singles, I’m impressed with both his writing and singing. Now this!! Talk about one step forward and three steps back!

    This is actually trash, Luke boy. So disappointed.

  54. Matt
    May 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I have been a Luke Bryan fan since I first heard “All My Friends Say” right when it came out.And he has had some awesome songs like “Rain Is A Good Thing”,”Time To Take my Drunk Ass Home”,”Someone else Callin’ You Baby” and “We Rode In Trucks” and this song is definitely not his best.Don’t get me wrong,it’s fun and it’d be good to listen to while chillin’ at the bonfire or beach or whatever,but let’s hope Luke doesn’t keep going down this road cause I’d say one of these songs is enough.
    And at least it’s better than that garbage trace adkins spewed in honky tonk badonkadonk which is hands down one of the worst songs ever written.

  55. Ally
    June 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Wow.

    As someone who as been loving country music since I was six and has been line dancing for years, I LOVE this song.

    I understand the points made that yeah maybe the lyrics aren’t perfect and it might not be the most mature song for Luke Bryan to sing, but I am a fan of him because of this song.

    Further, the line dance to this song is a thrill. The regulars (guys and girls) beg the DJ to play it, sometimes even multiple times in one night.

    I’ll keep cranking it up.

  56. Janette
    October 9, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The song is awful. When I heard it, I wanted to slap Luke across the face. Any girls that like the song either don’t understand their own value or were never taught that they deserve to be respected. I don’t care if it has a good beat and you like dancing to it, (the excuse for mainstream hip hop and rap), the song is ridiculous, degrading and NOT COUNTRY!

  57. goldencountry
    April 27, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Hands down the worst song of the year or possibly the worst country song ever.

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