On his debut single, Hardy
- a native of Philadelphia, Mississippi - is proud of his country cred and boasts, "You might think that you're redneck, but I'm rednecker than you."
In the lyrics, the singer portrays himself as a small-town-living, truck-driving, beer-drinking, Slim Jim-eating, NASCAR-watching, country boy. Folks weren't quite sure whether the song was satirical or an example of genuine down-home pride, but that's why it works, according to Hardy.
"It works on a lot of different levels," he told The Boot
. "For me as an artist, however you perceive it, if you like it or if you don't, that's fine with me. I've had people say it's the funniest song they've ever heard. I've had people ask if it's this sort of backhanded slam on people. I've had people quiz me on how small my town is."
"It really does - it works on every level," he added. "I think that's something that's really cool about it. As long as it works, it works."