Jerry Audley – “Lucky Me, Lonely You”
Songwriters: Ronnie Dunn, Terry Mcbride, Shawn Camp
This song is currently #1 on the Texas Music Chart
Jerry Audley’s “Lucky Me, Lonely you” is an enjoyable tune that reveals Audley’s sincerity as a country music singer. Unfortunately it’s also a deeply flawed number that annoyed me on several levels.
This is the song equivalent of Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill restaurant, its style is its substance, and its notion of “country music” is most fully realized as a thematic framework for product lines.
To be fair, Audley didn’t write this one, it was a Brooks and Dunn album cut, so he might have felt that the precedent alone validated this as a worthwhile undertaking. But the fact that out of all the honky tonk songs that have been written, this boring song–with it’s theme of capitalizing on the vulnerability of suffering–seemed the right choice to Audley, raises questions about the scope of his ambition as a country artist.
Audley was obviously comfortable enough with keeping a genuine honky-tonk sound–and he did that well , except for the inclusion of the irritating counter-productive organ–but why go for a Brooks and Dunn cover? I promise that there are dozens of Faron Young, or Webb Pierce, or Wynn Stewart album cuts that would be no more alienating musically, but would have the advantage of being totally awesome. Essentially I feel that he owed us something more.
The lack of critical depth illustrated by Audley’s singling out of Brooks & Dunn’s catalog as a place to mine songs is matched by the song’s shallowness. The concept of the song is confused and offensive, it’s mood is “hey yall, let’s two step” and nothing more, and the performance is inviting, with just enough “shine” on it to be pleasantly engaging without being confrontational.
All things being said, this song is a slick and likable vehicle for Audley’s fine vocal performance, and I have a partisan appreciation for the fact that Audley chose to release something so honky-tonk, but “Lucky Me, Lonely You” does very little to affect me as a person, and it doesn’t say much for Audley’s significance as an artist.
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