Review – Billy Currington’s “Don’t It”

Billy Currington Don't It

The career of Billy Currington certainly hasn’t been spectacular, but he’s an artist that has managed to consistently have a good presence in mainstream country music for over a decade. Currington has racked up a total of eight number one singles and four top five country albums. I know a lot of artist who would take that career in a heartbeat. As far as his quality of music, it was much better early in his career compared to his recent outputs. His best song, in my opinion, is “Good Directions,” which came out way back in 2006. It tells a simple love story and the production is decidedly country. I still can’t believe Luke Bryan was a co-writer on that song. Currington’s recent outputs haven’t been as good as mentioned, particular his dips into the bro country trend (“Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “Hey Girl”). So I didn’t know what to think of “Don’t It” before hearing it for the first time.

Granted my first listen came months ago, as I first heard it when it broke into the top 30 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. But I didn’t expect it to do much, so I didn’t plan on reviewing it. Of course I was wrong because it’s now in the top ten of the chart and here I am reviewing it. By the way I also get this song confused with a previous single of his “Don’t,” due to the similar track names. Couldn’t have come up with something more creative? Nevertheless let’s take a look at “Don’t It.” Right away you can tell this is another upbeat, not too serious song you can add to the list of party/fun songs populating country radio right now. The pop, rock instrumentation is nothing special and is the standard for most of mainstream country’s singles nowadays. Some might point out there is a banjo, but it doesn’t matter. It was just thrown in at the last second.

While the instrumentation and production are quite bland, the lyrics are even worse. They’re not offensive, it’s just they’re so bro country. It’s just another song about drinking, partying and hooking up with a girl. This is just same shit, different song. Just look at the chorus:

Good time we can get on it
Take a shot or you can sip on it
Find a floor and we can dance on it, slow song it
Far as I can tell that finger ain’t got no ring on it
Come on baby, bring on it
It’s one of those stars fallin’, love callin’
Get ya feelin’ all right nights
Sounds good, don’t it, don’t it
Every little thing you got, you know that I want it, want it
Sounds pretty good now don’t it

I will give the chorus one piece of credit: at least the guy in the song checks to see if the woman is married before pursuing her. You don’t get that chivalry in a Florida Georgia Line song. This is the only good thing about the chorus though as the rest is just derivative, check list bullshit. Look how many times “it” is rhymed with itself! How much lazier can songwriting get? The writers of this song, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, pretty much mailed it in on this one. There is absolutely no point to this song.

Currington is capable of so much more, but once again he elects for a boring party song catered towards radio. Is it pretty much beyond hope at this point for Currington to release something decent again? I want to say yes. Radio is rewarding him for this pointless song, so I guess there’s no incentive for him to stop churning out these type of songs. It will reach #1, go recurrent and then we get another rehash of this on the next single as the vicious cycle repeats itself. The creative well is not just dry on Music Row, it’s a damn dry gulch. It’s a wasteland of garbage and I’m waiting for someone to finally stand up and address this ongoing problem. “Don’t It” is most definitely part of the problem. I do not recommend listening to this song at all.

Grade: 3/10

20 thoughts on “Review – Billy Currington’s “Don’t It”

  1. Michael April 11, 2015 / 11:05 am

    What did you think about his previous single “We Are Tonight”? I thought it was a return to good music for Currington. Was not Bro country and had a country sound.

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  2. Derek Hudgin April 11, 2015 / 11:13 am

    “Good Directions” is his best song…and to think Luke Bryan had a hand in writing that one….

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  3. Raymond April 11, 2015 / 11:24 am

    Well I’d give a 5/10. Billy to me sounds real laid back and comfortable in the song. Production safe boring Pop-Country and I think has a decent beat. The lyrics I don’t feel full on bro I feel like this is more of a night out song than anything. Overall this song to me feels safe forgetful but in no means bad.

    Grade 5/10.

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  4. bob April 11, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    I have to agree with your rating of “Don’t It” but I disagree about what is Billy C’s best song.

    My favorite Billy C song by far is “People Are Crazy”, written by Bobby Braddock and Troy Wayne Jones, Jr.
    For those unfamiliar with it, the song tells the story of a young man meeting an old man in a bar and talking about everything – politics, women, bad habits, etc. The old man sums things up by concluding in the song’s great hook that “God is great, Beer is good and People are crazy”. Turns out the old guy was a millionaire, he dies and leaves everything to this young man he met only once. Great job by Billy C on this offbeat, interesting song with a tale most people can relate to (except perhaps those who have been cut out of a will). In addition to the great hook, I loved the lines “What brings you to Ohio? He said, Damn if I know”. They reminded me of another song that treated the state with disdain, “Saturday Night in Toledo, Ohio”, a John Denver recording written by Randy Sparks. He called the experience “like being nowhere at all”.

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    • Josh Schott April 11, 2015 / 1:18 pm

      I forgot about “People Are Crazy.” I don’t mind that song and for me it’s just behind “Good Directions.” It does have an interesting story and it was better than a lot of stuff on the radio at the time. As for his Ohio line, I have mixed thoughts being that I live in Ohio. I have a love, hate relationship with my home state. And I don’t know if John Denver can say much about Ohio when he sings fondly of West Virginia, one of the worst states I’ve ever been to. Haha!

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      • NoahHibiscusEaton April 12, 2015 / 1:50 am

        Here’s my five favorite Billy Currington singles:

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        1: “People Are Crazy”: (I just appreciate how well this toes the line between quirky and sentimental. It has a great narrative and, while the subject is an unlikely candidate to elicit an emotional response from you, the end of the song can’t help but hit you without ever getting syrupy.)

        2: “Walk A Little Straighter” (This is so achingly easy to relate to. The second verse, in particular, is a gut punch: depicting the narrator reflecting on a earlier phase of his relationship with his alcoholic father, where he is in the gym and observes his father wander in and out before his name is called. It is such a compelling, nuanced read of the conflicted emotions that come with loving someone who is an addict.)

        3: “Good Directions” (This song is just loads of fun to this day, without ever trying too hard. The instrumentation is great, the lyrics portray a slice of life that feels authentic but still colorful enough to stand out, and Currington is aplomb.)

        4: “Love Done Gone” (For a depressing song lyrically, no one must have told Currington: as he delivers vocally with an easy-breezy charisma. And is that horns I hear?)

        5: “Like My Dog” (It’s a shame this greatly underperformed, because I still think this is a great and hilarious song that’s not afraid to jib but being driven with such a laid-back melody and traditional-leaning production.)

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        Currington’s two worst singles are easily “Hey Girl” and “We Are Tonight”.

        While I previously greatly disliked “That’s How Country Boys Roll”, it can’t help but look comparatively harmless (though lazily written) in retrospect. I mean, many of the lyrics at least touch on the blue-collar consciousness side of country cliches.

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      • Scotty J April 12, 2015 / 11:58 am

        Ahh, I forgot about ‘Like My Dog’ I liked that one too it was like a modern day Tom T. Hall song. Funny yet very relatable in many ways.

        The more I think about Currington the more I like his catalog. He’s not an all time great or anything and his quality has greatly declined recently like practically everybody else but he has a very diverse list of songs.

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  5. Scotty J April 11, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    This is just bland and boring like so much on the radio now.

    But like so many current acts it’s amazing how much better their early work is compared to what they are putting out now. Think about it, how many current acts are making their best music quality wise right now? I can’t think of one established performer that is at peak right now.

    Currington has had a few good songs like his debut single ‘Walk A Little Straighter’ which was based on his relationship with his alcoholic father. I also don’t mind some of his country soul songs like ‘Must Be Doin’ Something Right’ and even ‘Don’t’. No, they aren’t the most country sounding songs but country has always had country soul type songs going back to Ronnie Milsap, Earl Thomas Conley and Barbara Mandrell.

    The key to me is that those songs and artists at least sang about traditional country themes even though musically they weren’t tradional country. Now neither the lyrics nor the music fit the country mold.

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  6. Pete Marshall April 11, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    6/10 for me.

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  7. NoahHibiscusEaton April 12, 2015 / 1:36 am

    Eh, I’m more generous on this one.

    I’m not crazy about this song in any particular way, but it also says something that there’s nothing about “Don’t It” that gets on my nerves.

    Granted there’s very little about this song that is distinctively country, but evaluating “Don’t It” on its own merit, it’s definitely a step up from his previous two singles. While I understand the sentiment behind “Hey Girl” and appreciated it offered a glimpse into a lovable loser type just trying his luck with an air of self-awareness, it nonetheless really annoyed me with how loud it was and how Currington yelled too many of the lyrics. “We Are Tonight”, too, was mostly loud and Currington’s vocals were way too shouty. Plus it was essentially bro-country lite.

    “Don’t It”, in contrast, has a nice steady groove that goes down easily and kind of reminds me of John Mayer in his earlier albums. Currington restrains himself vocally here, as well, and while some of the rhymes are forced (“Karaoke, we can microphone it…”), a song deliberating about the number of things two can do on a weekend evening doesn’t call for many brain cells and didn’t bother me in that context.

    All around, it’s nothing remarkable, but it also doesn’t commit any fouls. Thus, this squeaks by to earn a low 0 grade. This gets 5/10 from me, and while I wouldn’t say I recommend it, it’s definitely easier on my ears than what most male chart rivals are catapulting at the moment.

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