Should John Mayer’s “In The Blood” Be Played on Country Radio? (Probably Not, But Who Cares?)

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Barely a year removed from the infamous did Beyonce go country debate, country music and its fans have a new question to answer– should John Mayer’s “In The Blood” be played on country radio?


As a country music advocate and connoisseur my first answer is a hard no. As a person who kind of understands the industry and just how hard it is to breakthrough, my answer is– sure, who cares? Is Mayer going to go on a country music radio tour? Is Mayer going to spend hours and hours in a van crisscrossing the country introducing himself to radio markets people didn’t know existed? Probably not. Is Mayer going to ask to perform at the CMA Awards? Buy a house in Nashville? Call Lori McKenna and ask for a co-write? Doubtful.

Play the song on country radio. It’s not bad. The tune is about family and inner-workings of genetics– are we cursed with the ins and outs of our parents in our blood or can we wash it out of us? That’s deep stuff for radio.

How much of my mother has my mother left in me?
How much of my love will be insane to some degree?
And what about this feeling that I’m never good enough?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?

[Verse 2]
How much of my father am I destined to become?
Will I dim the lights inside me just to satisfy someone?
Will I let this woman kill me, or do away with jealous love?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?

[Chorus]
I can feel love the I want, I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna calm the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted, can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water, or is it always in the blood?


Leading the charge in turning Mayer into the next Luke Bryan is, of course, Bobby Bones. Mayer even recently tweeted his thanks to him. Hard to gauge sincerity over the Internet. Especially since Mayer’s life changed long ago.

In all sincerity, Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons” is more country and more fun to me. But, do you notice the theme of both? Family.

Can we not send pop songs about mom and dad to Top 40 radio? Should we try before ship every acoustic song on a pop album to country radio? Maybe?