Drinking Class

Album: I Don't Dance (2014)
Charted: 53
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  • This song finds Brice paying tribute to the hard-working man who gets up early and works hard every day. "We had a bunch of production going on that wasn't right," he told Billboard magazine. "It was too new and hip, and had too much electronic stuff going on."

    "It hit me one day that the song isn't about drinking, but it's about working class folks," Brice continued. "Working class, to me, seems like it needs to be organic - hands clapping, boots stomping, and it needs to sound like people humming along or whistling while they're working. And, literally, a sledge hammer hitting a railroad tie. So that's what we did. We went back in and took all that stuff out, and created those organic sounds to make it feel like the steel mills or the shipyards. When we got done, we felt we had gotten it right."
  • "Drinking Class" was penned by regular collaborators Josh Kear, David Frasier and Ed Hill. The working-class anthem came about when the trio were discussing current events and Kear threw out the title to his co-writers. "We know each other so well, any time we get together, we talk about life," Hill told Taste of Country.

    "There's hardly any middle class anymore," he lamented. "You have super-rich people, the half-percent, that when they make a billion dollars they just can't seem to think that that's enough. They go and make another billion dollars, and then you have this big Grand Canyon, and you have everybody on the other side. And that's all of us, trying to scrap out a living."

    "It's not really a drinking song," Hill added. "It's about people. It just happens to have drinking in the title."
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