Pat Green - "Country Star"

After just missing the Top 10 at Country radio with his single "Let Me," Pat Green returns to the airwaves with a single that was inspired by Nickelback's silly "Rockstar."  Both songs parody the illusion of what one gets by becoming a star.  Does Pat hit the mark?

On his second single from 2009’s What I’m For, Pat Green lets loose with a fist-pumping, tongue-in-cheek country rocker poking fun at the idea of being a “Country Star.” Name-checking everyone from Carrie Underwood to Brooks n’ Dunn, and “breaking all the young girls hearts just like Keith Urban,” Green’s wit beautifully portrays the sometimes shallow dreams behind primetime television singing competitions like American Idol and Nashville Star.

Quick drums and a pop-tinged power chord intro quickly set the scene before Green sings “I gotta get my ass to Nashville,” and apparently all he needs is his guitar and a bus ticket before he’s “riding shotgun with Kenny, Faith and Tim.” However, the song’s true message lies in the all-encompassing irony that underscores everything from the production to the melody. Sounding like a Brad Paisely sing-along, Green manufactures the essence of today’s pop country with slick guitars and a hook-laden chorus that mirror the sentiments he’s poking fun at. Audiences can’t help but sing along, and in doing so, solidify Green’s statement – whether they know it or not.