Review – Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up”

Luke Bryan Kick The Dust Up

Once upon a time in 2013 Luke Bryan released one of the worst country songs of all-time. It was called “That’s My Kind of Night.” It was this song, along with Florida Georgia Line’s cover of Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” (of all songs) that made me reach my absolute breaking point with mainstream country music. It was at that moment I started my crusade against bro country (I had just came back to country music after taking a months long hiatus). That is why I throw most of my venom towards Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, as they have the most blood on their hands. Fast-forward to today where Florida Georgia Line is slowing losing relevancy and Luke Bryan just released a new single titled “Kick The Dust Up.” The writers of the song are the exact same troika that wrote “That’s My Kind of Night”: Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley and Dallas Davidson. I never got a chance to pick apart the 2013 hit, but this new single is practically a clone. So let me explain why “Kick The Dust Up” sucks.

Let’s look at the lyrics first, as we start from the top. Here are the opening lyrics of the song:

All week long it’s a farming town making that money grow
Tractors, trucks with flashing lights backing up a two lane road
They take one last lap around, That sun up high goes down and
That song come on girl kick it on back Z71 like a Cadillac

First is the obligatory mention of something related to farming, an earmark of Bryan songs. This is to show everyone how “country” he is because he’s talking about tractors and trucks. And then of course the namedropping of a brand of car, another cliché regularly used in bro country songs. Dallas Davidson’s trademark word “girls” is here too. Remember how much he loves to to use this word or a variation?

Next is the chorus:

We go way out where there ain’t nobody, We turn this cornfield into a party
Pedal to the floorboard end up in a four door burning up the backroad song.
Park it and we pile out, baby watch your step down, Better have your boots on.
Kick the dust up,
back it on up,
fill your cup up,
Let’s tear it up up
And kick the dust up.

And we’re back to the damn cornfields, as this is one of the bros favorite spots to party. It’s important to note it’s on the backroads too, as this shows you’re a “badass outlaw.” More clichés are thrown in: parking, boots and a cup getting filled up. But is it a Dixie cup? How could you not specify, Bryan? This is important stuff!

Bryan then subtly rips the city life in the middle of the song because once again you have to mock those “city boys” for not living life like the bros:

Downtown they got a line of people waiting out the door.
10 dollar drinks, it’s packed inside, I don’t know what their waiting for.
Got me a jar full of ‘Clear and I got that music for your ears
And it’s like knock knock knock goes the diesel,
If you really wanna see the beautiful people

But wait a minute! I’m pretty sure I’ve heard the bro country artists sing about hanging out in clubs. Do they only go there when the country boys aren’t looking? You asshat bro country artists can’t even keep your story straight. Then there’s the obligatory mention of moonshine because country boys don’t drink those fancy city drinks. This is followed by the most douche line I’ve ever heard in a bro country song: And it’s like knock knock knock goes the diesel. I bet Davidson was smiling ear-to-ear as he wrote this horrendous line. Ah, but there is one more line in the song I need to address:

Just follow me down ‘neath the 32 bridge you all gonna be glad you did.

And there it is. The entire premise of every bro country song: trying to have sex down by the (insert bro destination). This time it’s a bridge. This is the same old damn shit we’ve heard for the last three years. As for the instrumentation, it’s a pop, rock, adult contemporary arrangement for the most part. The exception is a Middle Eastern guitar riff that cuts in on the first chorus and plays intermittently for the rest of the song. This is the only part of this song that I don’t hate. But why is it in the song? It doesn’t make any sense at all nor does it match the theme. My guess is that it was thrown in because they thought it sounded cool. Remember we’re not dealing with musicians here, just hit makers looking for more cash.

This isn’t as bad as “That’s My Kind of Night,” but I don’t think even this trio of writers could pen such a terrible song that could top it. “Kick The Dust Up” is still a horrendous song that only contributes more to the gaping black-hole of creativity on country radio right now. Bryan is still churning out the same exact music he was putting out in 2013. In two years time he hasn’t changed a thing. Why? He hasn’t changed because he knows the mainstream country music fans will gobble this turd up just like the previous ones. We can blame these assholes making bro country all we want, but if fans out there keep accepting this kind of trash as music then they’re just as much to blame for country music’s problems too. So if you want to help country music: avoid this song at all cost and go listen to quality country music. Support the artists that deserve it. You can make a difference. “Kick The Dust Up” is just another black eye on the face of country music.

Grade: 0/10

58 thoughts on “Review – Luke Bryan’s “Kick The Dust Up”

  1. Raymond May 20, 2015 / 11:08 am

    No Josh it’s worse than That’s My Kind Of Night at least that had ahead worm chorus thus song however’s horrendous. At this point I just want Luke to better represent country music he’s the biggest guy in country music at least when Taylor was huge she had decent music when it was Shania it was infectious Dixie Chicks well they were amazing. Can’t he at least release middle of the road fodder. The writing is awful the production is overproduced I’d rather just have Games at least that’s decent.

    I do have new Gloriana music. This song I’m torn on Josh can you give your opinion on.

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    • Derek Hudgin May 20, 2015 / 11:18 am

      I disagree. “That’s My Kind of Night” is worse. That song is one of the few that epitomizes everything bro-country is. This one is middle of the road production with the same damn nonsensical lyrics. To me, it’s just boring and dumb.

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      • Raymond May 20, 2015 / 11:24 am

        No I find That’s My Kind Of Night to be catchy both are pure bro-country but Luke sounds like he believes what he’s saying he sounds like he’s having fun. This one Luke sounds so arrogant the production is well an over-produced mess and the lyrics to me are equally lazy.

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  2. Derek Hudgin May 20, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I can just imagine Dallas pitching “Kick the dust up, fill your cup up, back it on up, let’s tear it up up” and Ashley says “but man, that’s a lot of ups.” Then Chris wisely points out “the average country consumer won’t care. They blindly accept all the music we write so we’re good.” “Cool” says Dallas, “then we can include ‘knock knock knock goes the diesel if you wanna see all the beautiful people’ because it sounds cool.” Then Ashley caps it off with “Luke’s gonna make us so much money.”

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    • Josh Schott May 20, 2015 / 11:32 am

      Haha! And I bet Dallas was the one who wanted to shoehorn the Middle Eastern guitar riffs in too.

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      • Raymond May 20, 2015 / 11:34 am

        I’m pretty sure writers and producers are seep ray still I’d like to pun whoever produced this monstrosity.

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      • Derek Hudgin May 20, 2015 / 11:38 am

        Probably. We say all their songs sound the same so he probably wanted to prove a point that it’s not the same as everyone else’s. What I’m curious about is do Capitol Record Execs tell these jokers to just write another party song in a field, or do they just walk up to Luke and his producers and say we got this party song called “Kick the Dust Up?” Where does the idea for this song come from?

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        • Josh Schott May 20, 2015 / 11:43 am

          I like to think it’s both sides. Bryan is no longer an artist, but a money and hit maker. Luke Bryan, the artist, has left the building ever since his sophomore album. They’re all standing around the cauldron mixing up these terrible songs together and they know people will gobble it right up. Why change it up or actually make music when it’s easier to just throw out garbage like this? Really the artists aren’t the ones we need to change, but the mainstream fans need to demand more from their artists.

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      • Derek Hudgin May 20, 2015 / 12:08 pm

        Exactly. If this song stalls at say 15 or 20, then that’ll open a ton of eyes and may cause a ripple. As long as this hits top 10 though, it’ll be the same damn story once again.

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    • Brian Lautzenhiser May 23, 2015 / 6:01 pm

      Josh, you are spot on. His first two albums weren’t that bad. He showed Potential now is music is awful and the same song just written different

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      • Truth Bomb September 6, 2015 / 1:13 pm

        Luke Bryan’s first two albums were mediocre at best. At no point in his guy’s career has he ever been an “artist”, he isn’t a valid songwriter (in spite of a few co-writer credits), he isn’t a valid singer (horrible vocal technique, one of the most limited vocal ranges in popular music, has always sounded like Kermit), nor is he a valid performer (dancing around like a cheerleader in a backwards cap, bedazzled T-shirt and Apple bottom means). Luke is a hack, and his 1st two albums showed nothing but mediocrity. Nowadays, Luke is just a sellout who has NEVER displayed anything resembling talent, who is simply following a formula which appeals to the lowest common denominator. Luke is laughing his untalented rear off all the way to the bank.

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  3. Cobra May 20, 2015 / 11:16 am

    “a cup getting filled up. But is it a Dixie cup? How could you not specify, Bryan? This is important stuff!”

    That made me laugh out loud.

    This song is just horrendous. It’s just…i couldnt get throigh my reviee without curse words, which I generally try to avoid in my reviews, but it was wrranted here. This is just awful.

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  4. jb May 20, 2015 / 11:17 am

    The thing about all this down-home rural party imagery is that nobody who responds to it actually parties that way. They all sit in bars looking at their cell phones just like everybody else.

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    • Josh Schott May 20, 2015 / 11:33 am

      Yep! The people who love this type of bro music love the ideas of it, but not actually doing them. Many of the “city boys” that the bros mock are their listening audience.

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      • Cobra May 20, 2015 / 11:38 am

        Which is why the fans of this won’t even care about those lines because they cobsider themselves to be “country” and not city.

        I especially find it hilarious in this song since it is tailor-made for a Jay-Z Club Remix (that will manage to not sound a single bit different).

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      • John June 11, 2015 / 3:27 am

        I live in rural Mississippi. While everybody does party in fields like that around here no one listens to that trash. The ones who listen to that bunch of crapola are the fakes that sit in the bars looking at their phones that think it’s doing something big to go to a field party or to go to the river or down some old dirt road . I’m like so what big deal. Heck I’m kinda like Alan Jackson I was glad to see the blacktop no more dust in my eyes. We’ve been doing it since we were old enough. The generation before us did it. Heck our parents even did it. Any way everyone usually will tell you Luke Bryan, FGL, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, and all of that is fake country or faketry. There are girls who like them because they just think they’re so hot, but even they will admit their music is trash compared to the legends. Usually what you will hear coming out of our speakers no matter if we’re all ganged up partying or just cruising through town will be Hank Jr, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Conway Twitty, George Strait, Alan Jackson, throw in some newer ones even like Mo Pitney, Sturgill Simpson, Jason isbell, Cody Jinks, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s Chris Stapleton you name it. Even southern rockers like Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band. You have to admit the southern rockers were more country than this new crap they’re trying to pass off as country. Anyway it’s like you said the people who listen to this bro country don’t do what they say. If they do it’s like such a big deal to them which I find kind of odd. The people who do some of the these things like partying around bonfires hunting and fishing and all that stuff aren’t listening to the crap. It’s like a vice versa thing. Now we may party in fields and hunt and fish, but one thing we don’t do that these bros talk about is disrespect and degrade girls and women. That is just outright ridiculous. I would like to write a song about how real life is lived in the sticks. It’s not at all like this bro-country crap.

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  5. Cobra May 20, 2015 / 11:22 am

    Someone actually commented on YouTube “I don’t particularly care for it but maybe the radio will overplay it enough that it will grow on me, like they’ve done in the past.”

    I replied that that was provably their plan. Meanwhile I imagined reaching through the computer screen and strangling that idiot.

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    • Derek Hudgin May 20, 2015 / 11:24 am

      Ignorant music consumers. “I hate the song now, but I feel like I have to like it because it’s from my favorite singer.” Some people are afraid to have an opinion if it goes against social conformity.

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    • Josh Schott May 20, 2015 / 11:35 am

      I’ve learned that you should never read the YouTube comments. I always read something that pisses me off. It’s the worst comment section of the Internet. But it gives Farce the Music plenty of material for memes, which I love. The Brantley Gilbert comments are always the worst ones.

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      • Raymond May 20, 2015 / 11:41 am

        The worst Josh is when there’s a YouTube comment fighting section and it makes both of them sound like a Morons.

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  6. RG May 20, 2015 / 11:50 am

    You and Trig are within minutes of reviewing the same material it seems these days…

    And on both sites it seems unanimous that this song is definitely a turd!

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  7. Kevin Davis May 20, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    This song will be a test-case for 2015 and whether bro-country is really dead or dying. If the song stagnates on the charts, then the answer is “yes.” I have some hope that it will stagnate, after the initial download rush from Luke fans, because it is such an atrocious song. The Luke fanbase is insanely fanatical, so maybe they can carry it into the top 10 or even #1 — but I really hope that this song actually proves to be a blessing, as proof that bro-country is a dying fad.

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  8. Zack May 20, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    I know i’m in the minority, but i think this is worse than That’s My Kinda Night. Neither song has a single damn redeemable quality about it, however that part in the chorus where Bryan rhymes “up” with “up” is just seriously annoying. i also think that that Middle Eastern solo thing ( whatever the hell you want to call it) is another factor that makes the song annoying. What’s even worse is that this man is supposed to be representing Country music, and what does he choose to do it with? A song that is the epitome of why Country gets made fun of. It’s embarrassing to say the least. I thought that perhaps the ending of the Spring Break series would result in a change in Bryan, however i was wrong and then again, i had that thought in January. This is May and i now think that mainstream country is heading in a rapid downward spiral.

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  9. John in Georgia May 20, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    I don’t know, something tells me it wouldn’t be the brightest idea to trespass on (I assume that’s what is happening) and throw a party at somebody’s cornfield.

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    • Scotty J May 20, 2015 / 2:44 pm

      The thing about some of these songs is that they are almost beyond parody at this point. Seriously what could be done to parody the whole cornfield, dirt road, tailgate, sugar shakin’ girl songs that would be beyond the realm of possibility. When being a joke is considered cool then the bottom has been reached.

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    • Josh Schott May 20, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Ha, good point!

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  10. Noah Eaton May 20, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    I already mentioned this in Trigger’s commentary regarding the song on Saving Country Music, but I’ll copy and paste it here. Pay particularly close attention to my argument as to why I consider the latter half of the chorus a blatant attempt to try and piggyback off trap’s burgeoning popularity in mainstream and urban music:

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    “This strikes me as an egregious attempt to begin testing the waters in marketing trap music to country/”country” radio.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the trap genre, it is a style of music native to the American South that is believed to have originated in the 90s: characterized by 808-style kick drums, icy synths, grimy snares and the use of strings and other ethnic instrumentation to culminate in a dramatic, darker soundscape to reflect the “trap” that is inner-city poverty and violence. It’s the decidedly darker sibling of crunk.

    “Kick The Dust Up” is akin to a white bread trial balloon in its egregious attempts to make country music hip to this hot trend at the moment in Urban and Rhythmic radio…………………and much like Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” settled on the most watered-down, inoffensive, Adult Contemporary flavored form of production in attempts to market R&B stylings to country listeners, “Kick The Dust Up” is attempting the same for the trap listening demographic and to clumsily try milking the DJ Snake/Yellow Claw/Flosstradramus crowd for all it’s worth.

    Nowhere is this most apparent than in the sitar-esque Indian-flavored effects on the banjo in the tail end of the chorus. Much like trap music relies heavily on ethnic instrumentation and pensive tonality, the chorus gives off a notably self-serious vibe that sounds darker than what we’re accustomed to hearing from Bryan on the radio. Even the way Bryan belts the chorus is Aldean-esque in how self-serious it is, despite the lyrics being anything but.

    You may notice right away that this isn’t as catchy as previous Luke Bryan singles. It is worth noting, in fact, that while there doesn’t appear to be a lot of discord among Luke Bryan fans lamenting the single’s lack of quality unlike Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down”……………they have notably been plenty of fans who have openly admitted the lack of a solid hook.

    And that’s sort of the point. Among country music’s traditional listening demographic, we know pretty much all great songs are built around solid choruses with verses that paint pictures in your head replete with imagery and depictions of heartland life in both its highs and lows. We’re not nearly as accustomed to hearing songs composed around a beat or soundscape. And that’s exactly what you get here. “Kick The Dust Up” is a song written around a beat, as well as a style…………….and so it should come to no surprise many fans are confused as to why this song isn’t that catchy.

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    Secondly, it amuses me how long it took to announce the obvious and then say nothing.

    I’ve seen it reported that “Kick The Dust Up” would be released as the lead single from his forthcoming album as far back as a few weeks before “I See You” peaked at #1 in mid-February. So, as far back as late January, I’ve heard this would be the lead single………………..and yet it’s interesting that his label refrained from an all-out announcement until after the non-single “Games” from his final “Spring Break” series EP burst into the Top 25 of the country airplay chart.

    Could it have been that there was consternation surrounding anchoring this song around the album, after all? And then they defiantly shook their heads and said: “Nah, here’s no turning back!”, licked their lips and said “It’s go time!”? I really can’t think of any other explanation as to why it was hardly secret that they intended to release “Kick The Dust Up” after “I See You” peaked, yet three months went by without any further word. Huh!”

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  11. Aubrey May 20, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Here’s what I don’t get. If a certain group of people want to listen to songs about partying in cornfields or under bridges, drinking ‘shine or ‘clear or whatever how does that affect the rest of the people exactly?

    In this day and age of technology where anyone can load up whatever device they want, with whatever kind of music they want and play it wherever they want, whenever they want – it seems kind of weird that anyone would take the time to freak out about something that is totally avoidable. Don’t like what’s being played on the radio right now? Then don’t listen to it. If Luke’s songs about shakin’ it on his tailgate bother someone, they could go download his other albums and listen to those. If ‘Cruise’ is offensive listen to ‘Dirt’ or ‘Confession’.

    Why does everyone’s musical taste need to be mine? I am confused as to why the current state of country music needs to measure up to everyone’s standards rather than just those of the people it is appealing to right now.

    Most of the comments made in this review could be made about any era of country music…there was a theme and most of the artists sang about it.

    Here, check this out: https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Top+Ten+Country+Songs+1980

    Nine of the twelve songs that just popped up on that quick search are what my teenagers would call ‘corny love songs’. People wanted to listen to sappy love songs…so sappy love songs were what they were given. It is how the industry rolls. (Notice how I threw that in there? A little L.B., F.G.L. combo!)

    Or just for giggles let’s go back to when country was even more ‘pure’: https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=Top+Ten+Country+Songs+1960

    With a few exceptions all those are either about falling madly in love and being ecstatic or breaking up and being miserable. Hmmmm….rather theme-ish.

    A lot of artists right now are writing more substantial stuff – anyone can look for it. Or if anyone needs a break from country…there’s always Opera. The rest of us will be enjoying our partying on the tailgate, consumption of illegal home-made substances and dancing on dirt road good times…

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  12. Pete Marshall May 20, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    This song is bad and I would give it 0/10 too not country at all. and I would say “Country girls shake it for me” worst than “That’s My kind of night”

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  13. Lisandro Berry-Gaviria May 20, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Well, well, well. A unimaginative, dumb, cliche party song written by Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano, and Dallas Davidson and recorded by Luke Bryan! Gee I wonder why I’m not shocked.
    Honestly this was kind of what I expected Bryan to do. He’s made so much money off of bro-country that he will fight to the bitter end to keep it alive, even though it’s dying out now. But I’m just going to repeat what I’ve said before once about bro-country: it’s just laughable now. Bryan may be a leader of the bro-country trend, but that doesn’t mean he can’t make himself look dumb by chasing that trend. What will he turn to after it finally dies, I wonder?
    Also Josh if you’re looking for a Facepalm for the Hodgepodge tomorrow there are about a million candidates under the ratings & reviews section for this song on iTunes.

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  14. theknightswhosayni4 May 21, 2015 / 8:07 am

    I HAAAAAAAATE “That’s my kinda Night” with a burning passion. That said…after the first (and only if I’m lucky) listen to this godawful, cheesy, turd-sandwich of a song, I’m pretty sure this is worse. It’s a close race to the bottom but id give it to this on simply how cheesy and horrendous the lyrics are. Everything about this song is a disaster.

    On the bright side, if you peruse around itunes and facebook you can find that many of Luke’s own FANS hate the song! Probably not enough to tank it, but it’s a significant number of people who are complaining this is worse than anything on his last CD….(which that is a feat in and of itself)

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  15. Noah Eaton May 22, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/luke-bryan-talks-getting-older-and-mature-new-music-20150522

    “I feel so blessed to get 100 songs and play them in my truck, and when my boys [sons Bo, 7, and Tate, 5] want to hear that one song over and over and they’re going, ‘Let’s tear it up, up,’ I know it’s right,” Bryan said. “[The song is] as simple as can be, but there’s a time and a place for a fun, simple song. There’s also a time and a place for a ‘Drink a Beer’-type song, and then a love song, and I’ve got some really neat love songs coming on this album.”

    Still, Bryan thinks fans and critics alike will find more diversity on the new album.

    “I feel like as I get older, my music is going to naturally mature,” he admitted. “Having released ‘Kick the Dust Up’ yesterday, that’s young and fun, but on this album there are things that are of a more mature subject matter — I’ve got a song on there that really touches on the big picture of life.”

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    On one hand, it’s encouraging to hear Bryan admit “Kick The Dust Up” is an immature offering, and indicating we’ll get more mature offerings this time around.

    But here’s where my hopes are instantly dampened.

    Firstly, he mentions he has A song that “really touches on the big picture of life.” As in a singular instance, as opposed to multiple songs, of this caliber. It’s almost like he’s saying: “Hey, whenever I want to, I can REALLY reach for the stars, but usually I’m more than satisfied not thinking too hard!”

    Secondly, when he says he FEELS LIKE his music is going to naturally mature as he gets older, he’s basically admitting those looking for more depth and maturity on “Kill the Lights” shouldn’t expect to find it aside from that one song, or “things” in another track or two.

    Finally, when he says “‘Drink a Beer’-type song”…………….I’m sorry, but that’s already a deal-breaker to my ears. I actually considered “Drink A Beer” more insufferable than “That’s My Kind Of Night”………………..and not because the song is actually worse in quality (it’s clearly not), but because of how disingenuous and calculated “Drink A Beer” is.

    At least Bryan played that terrible T-Pain name-dropping chest-thumper straight. But it was insulting hearing “Drink A Beer” especially with all the critical hype surrounding it trying to depict as something more than it really was. Bryan’s vocal delivery just sounds utterly mechanical and indifferent there. It sounds more like he views cutting the song as a chore than truly spilling his heart out (not that the songwriting helps matters anyway, given how shallow and deliberately shoehorn beer consumerism smack dab in the title). Especially the way he deadpans: “Don’t feel like going home!”, or the part in the second verse where he utters “the Good Lord knows, the reasons why……….I guess…….”.

    If we’re going to get more of that shallow brand of song that tries to pass itself off as “deep” like “Drink A Beer”, count me out entirely.

    Now, if Bryan were to cite “Tackle Box” as a point of inspiration for more mature songwriting themes and perspectives, then yeah, count me back on board then.

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    • Josh Schott May 22, 2015 / 8:52 pm

      My thoughts exactly Noah. This is nothing but BS from Bryan. I think there will be a song or two that’s deep, but the rest will be vapid garbage. I like “Tackle Box” also along with “You Don’t Know Jack.” That Bryan I enjoy because he can sing and he create great music, but as you said he’s unwilling to do it.

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  16. Noah Eaton May 25, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Well well well………………..it appears the Luke Bryan/Dallas Davidson/Ashley Gorley/Chris DeStefano Industrial Complex has revealed a glaring chink in its armor! 😉

    “Kickin’ The Dust Up” is estimated to have sold approximately 115,000 singles in its opening week: enough to expectedly debut at #1 on the country digital singles chart, but surely fail to debut at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

    But here’s where this debut looks like a Pyrrhic victory at best: in comparison, Florida Georgia Line’s most recent lead single, “Dirt”, debuted with 182,000 total sales in its opening week and secured the #1 spot on the all-genre iTunes chart for five days. Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” debuted with 184,000 total sales in its opening week and also managed to secure the #1 slot on the all-genre iTunes chart for over the entire week.

    “Kickin’ The Dust Up” was blocked from #1 by Taylor Swift & Kendrick Lamar’s front-loaded remix of “Bad Blood”, and has already slid backwards to #10 on the all-genre chart and will fall back below Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” by tomorrow at this rate. At this same time in their chart runs, Jason Aldean was still at #1 with his single and Florida Georgia Line were at #3.

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    And you can’t blame this on the lack of promotion either.

    The single was featured on BOTH “Ellen” and “The Voice” the day following its release, and it was well advertised in advance via press releases and social media. That excuse will fall flat on its face.

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    Unless this picks up some sort of second wind, this may not even make it to #1 on the Hot Country Songs mongrel chart after all. In fact, I think “Girl Crush” and “Take Your Time” (due to notable gains in predictable “crossover airplay”) will have a stranglehold on the top spot throughout half the summer at least.

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  17. Chris July 17, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    The most annoying thing to me about this song is when he says “up up”. I want to stab my ears out during that.

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  18. Nhubbard July 20, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    I have to agree…..I tried to like this song, I like the intro, but it went downhill from there. The line, “knock, knock, knock goes the diesel” was an automatic no go for me. I felt like I was listening to children’s educational cartoons. How does the diesel go? The diesel goes knock, knock, knock. Great job everybody, your so smart! Made me want to vomit in my mouth.

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  19. Salem Leo July 27, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    I agree, this is one of the worst country songs ever to have been recorded, and it’s not even catchy. This song makes Sam Hunt sound like Hank Williams.

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  20. jason September 18, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    If this is a song about having a party… Why does Luke, sound like hes depressed when he sings it? When I hear this song. I always picture a sad guy in a cowboy hat l. He has his hands in his pockets, and he’s looking at the ground. He mutters to himself, “life’s hard,” and kicks a stone. KICK THE DUST UP.

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  21. Francie September 24, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Ever seen him live? Probably not. I won’t compare him to the great George Strait or anything.. But get over it…. He puts on an amazing show and we love it!

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