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#1 Country Billboard Song for August 13, 2011

4 Aug

Zac Brown Band sits at the top of the country charts with a beach themed song called “Knee Deep,” which in typical Zac Brown fashion was written by Zac Brown and two guys in the band, Wyatt Durrete and Coy Bowles. But this time they enlisted the songwriting skills of Jeffrey Steele, who has written a number of songs, most notably “What Hurts the Most” for Rascal Flatts. For the recording of “Knee Deep” the band brought in the master of beach music, Jimmy Buffett, to do vocals with the group.

Although I do find this song to be relaxing and a fun summer song, I feel like Zac Brown has already over done the beach theme. With lines such as “I think I found my own kind of paradise,” I find “Knee Deep” to be very similar to their other #1 hits, “Toes” and “Free.”  Oddly enough it was almost exactly a year ago (August 10, 2010) to the date that Zac Brown reached number one with their carefree song “Free.” While all three of these songs have catchy melodies, I find their lyrics are very vague and don’t have much substance. In “Knee Deep,” Zac Brown hits the top of the chorus with “Wish I was knee deep in the water somewhere,” but doesn’t really put you in the scene. He brings in some imagery with lines such as “Only worry in the world  is the tide gonna reach my chair,” but then follows that with vague lines such as “Never been so happy, never felt so high.” I understand that these songs are just meant to be feel good summer songs, but they seem to be the song of the season and then quickly fade out.

Then there’s a song like “Margaritaville” that continues to stand the test of time. Thirty years after the song debuted, “Margaritaville” remains an extremely popular summer anthem. I think it has a lot to do with the lyrics. Buffett is so descriptive and really puts you in the scene. From the very beginning, where he says: “Nibblin on sponge cake, watching the sun bake, all of those tourists covered with oil,” you can just see Buffet sitting in the hot sun on the beach. Then, he takes us to Margaritaville with his lyrics and easy flowing melody. Lines like “Smell of shrimp they’re beginning to boil” and  “Blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top” appeal to the senses. And of course who can forget the singable hook, “Wastin’ away in Margaritaville, searching for my lost shaker of salt.”

So will “Knee Deep” stand the test of time and be a popular summer theme song 30 years from now? What do you think?

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