Country Music and the Rise of the Binge-Drinking Bro

August 21, 2014 10:19 PM

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Country Music and the Rise of the Binge-Drinking Bro

Full disclosure, I prefer the musical stylings of Arcade Fire to Kenny Chesney. In fact, by the time the 2013 Grammy-winners for best album wrap up their current world tour at the end of this month, I will have seen it on two stops -- Minneapolis and Chicago. In contrast, by the time Mr. Chesney wraps up his last tour, of his last album, ever, I will likely have seen him perform live exactly zero times. These aren't judgments, they're just numbers -- numbers meant to save you the time of speculating about my possible bias. Now that I've got that out of the way, let me ask you: when did country music turn into such a zealous advocate for blackouts and binges? Has inebriation always had the drop on moderation when it comes to the creative output of Nashville's finest? I think the answer is probably: sort of, but never like this.

Currently more than 10 percent of the top country songs contain drinking references in the title alone, which has more than doubled from a year ago. But, that's just the titles. Spend an hour listening to any country music station these days and you may quickly notice that most songs make at least s...

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