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In between all the sappy Jesus ballads and Taylor Swiftian pop-music-but-with-fiddles, I found a few solid jams that I hadn't heard before, the best of the batch being Eric Church's "Drink in My Hand," which apparently came out in January but is new to me. Built on a solid foundation of riffy guitars and backbeat-heavy drums that seems as indebted to Tom Petty and John Mellencamp as to any straight-up country artists, "Drink in My Hand" is, obviously, a tribute to the life-improving qualities of having an alcoholic beverage in one's possession. And it kicks a lot of ass.
Video after the jump.
I was this close to making this post about Tim McGraw's "Truck Yeah," which is not only one of the surprising number of recent country hits with vocal phrasing that wouldn't be out of place in a hip-hop-flavored R&B song but also has a guitar line that could've been lifted from a prime Ozzy cut.