Billy Currington – “People Are Crazy”
Songwriters: Bobby Braddock and Wayne Jones.
In country music, there’s a stock character you’ve heard in countless songs. He goes by his Native American name, Old Man in Bar. In the past few years he’s saved a man’s marriage (“I Hate Everything”), made another one realize what’s important in life (“The Good Stuff”), and now pops up in Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy” to again offer up his infinite wisdom–only this time he’s a secret millionaire.
One of the songwriters for “People Are Crazy” is none other than Bobby Braddock, who has co-written amazing, masterful songs such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Golden Ring.” He’s also responsible for Toby Keith’s “I Wanna Talk About Me,” but hey, nobody’s perfect.
Like Braddock’s best work, “People Are Crazy” is a peek into the life of the everyman. Unlike those songs, there’s nothing about “People Are Crazy” to make it worthy of even being mentioned in the same paragraph as “Golden Ring.” The revelation that Old Man in Bar left all his money to “some guy he barely knew” is feel-good like a Reader’s Digest story, but like a Reader’s Digest story, this song is forgettable the minute you’re called back into the dentist’s chair.
There’s nothing that even signifies “People Are Crazy” as a country song other than said stock characters and the obligatory references to beer and God. There’s an occasionally audible steel guitar lick, but the overall sound is that of soft rock. This is a shame, as Billy Currington has a pleasant and smooth baritone that is being sadly misused. Only six years ago he was releasing solid pop country like “Ain’t What It Used to Be” and “Walk A Little Straighter,” which makes “People Are Crazy” look even worse in comparison.
On the plus side, at least he’s not recording “Party for Two, Part II.”
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