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Krystal Keith, ‘Get Your Redneck On’ – Single Review

 

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Krystal Keith, Oklahoma native and daughter of Toby Keith, serves as evidence that music is hereditary. She has a natural robustness and beauty to her voice that she undoubtedly inherited. However, the comparisons diminish from there, because Krystal’s “Get Your Redneck On” has a decidedly more youthful and energetic sound than anything produced by her father.

The intro is refreshingly classic, authentic and melodic – simply acoustic guitar, banjo and even some washboard. It’s a nice departure from the over-synthed cacophony that usually accompanies youth-oriented music.

“Muddy bank between my toes / Kicking back while the river flows / Wherever the hell it goes / I don’t really care to know / I just wanna hear a country song / And get my redneck on,” sings Keith, revealing the literally down-to-earth nature of her music. Her alto voice is natural and raw, like her lyrics, but easy and perfectly pitched (and watching her live performance of the song online proves that it’s not because of auto-tune).

The lyrics are simple, but intentionally so. They speak to the ease of being a content country woman, making no mention of boyfriends or the future, just the joy of being young and living in the moment on a riverbank instead of in a club surrounded by strangers and strobe lights.

“Got a beer in both my hands / Hanging out with my closest friends / Talkin’ ’bout our favorite bands / No worries and no plans / All the way to the break of dawn / Let’s get your redneck on”

The chorus makes you long for a country lifestyle in which fun comes easily, and being impulsive and spontaneous will get you naked in a river at the worst.

“Hey yeah yeah yeah / Skinny dipping in the moonlit water / Cooling off doesn’t get any hotter / Hey yeah yeah yeah / All you country sons and daughters / Don’t you wanna holler / Get your redneck on”

Overall, it’s a perfect redneck anthem, beckoning “country sons and daughters” to embrace simplicity and authenticity. It’s a welcome retreat from the artificiality that’s so favored in modern music, and it’s a great way for Keith to show the world that she has a musical identity that’s independent from her father’s.

 

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