Brent is a hit songwriter with cuts by Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, Gord Bamford, Ray Stevens, and more. He’s written a top 5 hit in the US and a #1 in Canada… so far.
In today’s country market, male artists generally don’t like to be seen as weak, vulnerable, or too sensitive- it doesn’t fit their brand (for more on this, CLICK HERE). This in in contrast to country music of the 1990’s when artists like Colin Raye, Doug Stone, Vince Gill, and others were often very vulnerable. So, for today’s market, how do you write a song about a guy that is heartbroken about the loss of his friend?
You make him hurt like a man.
Written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, “Drink A Beer” is undeniably manly. Sure, the singer is hurting and heartbroken, but he keeps it locked up inside. No tears are shed (at least not that he says), and he doesn’t call his mom to talk about it for hours. No, he goes for a walk alone and ends up drinking a beer in memory of his friend.
Not that real men don’t cry- “I Drive Your Truck” by Lee Brice is a great example of this. But even when that manly singer sheds a tear, it is balanced by knowing his brother would punch him in the arm for it.
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