One of the biggest complaints often seen about country music on social media is regarding the sameness of much of the music. Production tricks that include canned claps, snaps, and taps, and drum loops can give songs a similar sound, and as much as we often gravitate to the familiar, there is a point of saturation. It seems that Luke Bryan intends to shake things up a bit with his new single, “Knockin’ Boots.”
Luke says, “From the moment I heard this song I knew I had to get in the studio and record it. I just couldn’t get it out of my head. This may be the fastest turn around I have ever done with a song.”
Unique, almost vintage feeling production, keeps Luke’s voice and easy verses forward without making the song basic or over-simplified. The chorus spotlights a scratchy rock guitar which adds to that throwback feel, and as it fades back on the verse, it makes its absence as impactful as its presence.
While the verse goes through a laundry list of a country boy’s needs, “This truck needs a half tank, these wheels need a two-lane, this radio needs three songs to play to get me across town to you,” the song takes a more romantic turn that ultimately leads to suggesting that “boots need knockin’…knockin’ boots”—a dirt road euphemism for…sex.
Although not a hint of a giggle, guffaw, or chuckle can be detected in the recording, we can’t help but think that Luke was getting a significant amount of enjoyment singing his newest tune. And there does seem to be a bit of a smirk in Instagram video that he shared.
“Knockin’ Boots,” which was written by Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, and Jon Nite, is the first release from Luke’s upcoming album scheduled to drop later in2019. You’ll probably be able to hear him perform “Knockin’ Boots” and other songs from his next project when he hits the road on the Sunset Repeat Tour this summer.