What’s the worst country song of all time? If you have trouble picking, then don’t worry. Because Brantley Gilbert, Toby Keith, and Hardy have you covered.
The trio united to create an intentionally bad country song in hopefully a catchy way. “The Worst Country Song of All Time” drops on June 21st. And it promises to be a zany, deconstruction of the country music genre and everything it stands for.
We mean, just check out some of these lyrics: “I hate beer and honky-tonk women/ I don’t eat deer and I can’t stand fishing / And I don’t know the words to Family Tradition/ Folsom Prison or Walk The Line/ And I think sweet tea is overrated/ And all dirt roads were made for paving/ Yeah this is worst country song of all time.”
Previously Gilbert teased the song on TikTok. The song’s genesis traces back to a writer’s room session with Hardy and other musicians.
“Hardy threw the idea on the table, and he said, ‘Guys, I know this is crazy, but I had a title I put down in my phone: ‘The Worst Country Song Of All Time,’” Gilbert said in a press statement. “We all laughed it off because obviously, it was a joke. Then we all were throwing out lines we thought were funny. The next thing you know, we’ve got this song written, and the rest is history in the making.”
Brantley Gilbert Records ‘The Worst Country Song of All Time’
Hardy’s joke turned into a real song for the duo. Brantley Gilbert and Hardy decided to record a demo of the song. And that quickly turned into a new single. Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest of places. Soon, “The Worst Country Song of All Time” took shape.
“We were listening to the demo after we finished it, and I said to Hardy, ‘Man, if we get a wild hair and decide we’re actually going to cut this, would you be cool with cutting it with me?’” Gilbert continued. “I’ll never forget, he looked at me and he said, ‘Absolutely.’”
Both Gilbert and Hardy realized they had to get Toby Keith on the song. After all, Keith has made a career on these outlandish, bigger-than-life tunes. We mean who can forget “Red Solo Cup” after all?
“As far as Toby goes – it’s freakin’ Toby Keith!” Gilbert said. “He’s written some of the best and put out some of my favorite country songs of all time. So having him on it is kind of like that final seal of approval.”
Fans can pre-save the song before it drops on June 21st, by clicking here.