Billy Currington – “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer”

With quiet confidence, Billy Currington has evoloved into one of mainstream country radio’s go-to “traditionalists.”  His award-winning “People Are Crazy” single sounded nothing like anything else on the radio.  Is this single a return to form for him?

In his excellent 2009 single “People Are Crazy,” Billy Currington sang the immortal line “God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.” This time around, after a formulaic (but still ear-pleasing) diversion into “country boy” territory with “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” Currington is back to the “beer is good” part of the equation. I can’t say that I disagree with him. 

The song (Written by Troy Jones, who co-wrote “People Are Crazy” with Bobby Braddock) opens with a simple enough declaration: “I wasn’t born for diggin’ deep holes / I’m not made for paving long roads / I ain’t cut out to climb high line poles / But I’m pretty good at drinkin’ beer.” Matched to a tasteful, restrained production and easygoing melody, this delcaration rings very true when Currington lazily drawls out each word. Although it’s a simple list song (I can’t do x, y or z, but I’m pretty good at drinking beer), it’s at least a very tight, focused list song with a winner of a hook. At times, Currington recalls the laid-back charm of Tom T. Hall (whose “I Like Beer” this song often parallels) or even Alan Jackson. 

As I said in my last review, “That’s How Country Boys Roll” was an unusual foray into pre-fab country music from a man not usually known for playing by Nashville’s rules. With “Beer,” Currington is back to offering yet another pleasing, low-key charmer in a rapidly growing repertoire. Coming off the momentum of a #2 and two straight chart-toppers (yeah, I follow only Billboard), “Beer” should go down smoothly and easily at country radio. Because smooth and easy are what Currington does best.