Kiss My Country Ass

Album: Hillbilly Bone (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a track from Country music artist Blake Shelton's second EP, Hillbilly Bone. The song is Shelton's own favorite on the album. As he explained to Wendy Geller of Yahoo Music, it spotlights his personality: "I really think over the past year, people have been identifying with my sense of humor. This one is a fan favorite!"
  • The track was co-written and previously released by Rhett Akins, reaching #57 on the country chart. Shelton explained to The Boot why he decided to cover this song: "It may be one of my favorite songs I've ever cut. I call it my theme song. Rhett Akins co-wrote it, and I've seen him sing it so many times through the years. I always told him, 'Man, if I ever get a chance, I'm gonna cut that song.' At this point in my career, with people knowing what they know of me, it's the song they'd expect to hear me song. It's already become a fan favorite from just doing it in my live shows."
  • Many Country radio stations won't play this song because of the 'a' word in the title. The Boot asked Shelton if he would ever consider changing the lyrics for a radio-friendly version of the song. He replied: "No, because if you change the lyrics to 'Kiss My Country Ass,' you may as well not sing the song to begin with. The whole idea of the song is that I'm this guy, and if you don't like it, get away from me. Some radio guys have gotten this album early, and I've been getting calls... Everyone wants to be the person to say, 'I'll play that, and none of these other wusses will.' It's the one song we thought would never get played, and it's a big deal when they do play it. It's never going to be a big radio hit, but I do think it's going to be a song that has impact on my career."

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