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Yep, a Lot More Country Songs Mention Phones Now

August 9, 2018

If you've noticed how many country songs mention smartphones, it's not just you . . . it's a thing.  At least four songs in the current Country Airplay top 20 do . . . "Simple" by Florida Georgia Line, "Hotel Key" by Old Dominion, "Break Up in the End" by Cole Swindell, and "Kinda Don't Care" by Justin Moore.

There was also Luke Bryan's "Light It Up", "One Number Away" by Luke Combs, and Rascal Flatts' "I Like the Sound of That".  You get the picture.  And the phone call has always been a 'thing' in country.  It's just that you're going to hear it a lot more. Country songwriters are all about everyday living, and lyrics that have a 'slice of life' feel.  And nothing's more universal than our addiction to our phones.

Brad Tursi of Old Dominion says you write about what you know, so obviously it's a timely thing to write about. And Rhett Akins . . . a.k.a. Thomas Rhett's dad . . . says, quote, "The problem with the phone thing is it's not going away.  The phone is a part of your body at this point.  It's going to be a lyric in a lot of songs."

Not just that . . . it's also how songwriters jot down titles and lyrics, record ideas, and send demos.  So THEY'RE addicted more than anyone. The flip side is the message in "Simple".  Tyler Hubbard says, quote, "Being present in the moment with your friends or with your family, I found that's a large struggle for a lot of people in this day and age, myself included.

"It is just a reminder to live in the moment.  Be present, and don't miss what God has right in front of you."

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