“Boys ‘Round Here” is a catchy tune about the stuff nobody in country music ever talks about anymore: beer, trucks, small-minded backwoods living, and staring at hot girls. Yeah. But it is shaping up to be both a country radio and digital smash, so make of that what you will in thinking about the state of the world. In the video, Blake drives a giant, bouncing pickup truck and then sits around drinking beer while people around him stand around and drink beer. Or dance. There’s also a pig. And a cow. Because country. There’s also the part where they play up racial stereotypes that ends with people hugging it out in a way that feels uncomfortably like tokenism.
Both the recording and the video feature Blake’s Voice Season 2 contestant Rae Lynn, who continues to prep her Republic Nashville debut and was recently signed to a publishing deal that is a joint venture between Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Music and Dr. Luke’s Prescription Songs. Also featured in the song and the video are the way-too-talented-for-this Pistol Annies, a female trio featuring Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert, the incredible Ashley Monroe, and Angeleena Presley, who are set to release their sophomore album, Annie Up on Tuesday.
Check out the video here: