Why Do So Many Farmers Like Country Music? Why Don’t More Farmers Like Rap?

Luke Bryan rocks a DeKalb corn baseball cap

Luke Bryan rocks a DeKalb corn baseball cap

In the last 10-20 years, country music has become something more people in cities listen to, but it has always been popular with farmers. There has to be a good reason. Recently, I was in Nashville with a lot of farmers and the reason became crystal clear as Luke Bryan (YouTubeTwitter and Facebook) took the stage. When he sang the first words to the song “Rain is a Good Thing” the farmer crowd went nuts!  The full lyrics and the video to the song are below, but here’s the first verse:

My daddy spent his life lookin’ up at the sky
He’d cuss, kick the dust, sayin’ son it’s way too dry
It clouds up in the city, the weather man complains
But where I come from, rain is a good thing

In looking to see who wrote the song (it seems it was Luke Bryan and Dallas Davidson) A website called song facts says:

As Bryan is the son of a farmer who was dependent on rain he decided that he wanted to write a positive song about precipitation. Luke explained to The Boot: “We worked in agriculture, so we were always looking up at the sky, checking if it was raining or if rain was in the forecast. That always kind of set the tone for the mood in my household, whether we had rain coming in or not. Or if it had rained, we knew the crops would be good and it was going to be a good week around the Bryan household.

Luke Bryan farm kids

Luke Bryan shares the stage with farm kids

See, a lot of the people who write or perform country music come from farms and small towns so the music is something that clicks. The topics can be very familiar to farmers. And in case that isn’t enough illustration, Luke Bryan has done a farm tour the last few years taking his concerts to farms in his home state of Georgia. Drought there the last few years makes me know “Rain is a Good Thing” hits home.

On the other hand, rap tends to touch upon things that resonate with more urban audiences. That doesn’t mean you can’t have crossover and I’d suggest Colt Ford has done just that, incorporate country music themes into rap beats. It also doesn’t mean some farmers don’t love other rap and of course not every farmer likes country!

This week, I’ve got family in from out of town and we have really been enjoying the awesome weather with a visit to the zoo and the arch. But today is a rainy day and even though I’m living in the city, I have enough country in me to sit back and relax knowing its been dry and farmers will surely be saying “rain is a good thing.” So with that in mind, I hope today brings a lot of good things to the young corn plants in this part of the world.

Hope you enjoy seeing all the cotton farms and farmers featured in this video! Let me know if you have other reasons farmers like country music.

 “Rain is a Good Thing”

(Verse 1)
My daddy spent his life lookin’ up at the sky
He’d cuss, kick the dust, sayin’ son it’s way too dry
It clouds up in the city, the weather man complains
But where I come from, rain is a good thing

(Chorus)
Rain makes corn, corn makes whiskey
Whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky
Back roads are boggin’ up, my buddies pile up in my truck
We hunt our honeys down, we take ’em into town
Start washin’ all our worries down the drain
Rain is a good thing

(Verse 2)
Ain’t nothin’ like a kiss out back in the barn
Wringin’ out our soakin’ clothes, ridin’ out a thunderstorm
When tin roof gets to talkin’; that’s the best love we made
Yea where I come from, rain is a good thing

Repeat Chorus

(Bridge)
Farmer Johnson does a little dance
Creeks on the rise, roll up your pants
Country girls, they wanna cuddle
Kids out playin’ in a big mud puddle

Repeat Chorus

Rain is a good thing, rain is a good thing, rain is a good thing

via Cowboy Lyrics.

 

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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