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Buy A Boat Song

"Buy Me a Boat" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Chris Janson. It is Janson's fourth single release overall, and also is the lead single to his debut album for Warner Bros. Records Nashville. The song was written by Janson and Chris DuBois.

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Janson's previous label, Bigger Picture Music Group, closed in May 2014. After its closure, he self-released "Buy Me a Boat" to iTunes on March 20, 2015.[3] The song gained attention after it received some radio airplay on the Bobby Bones Show the day of its release, sending the song to the top of iTunes country chart.[4] The song also received a boost from Toby Keith who tweeted his support to his fans.[3] On the strength of its performance, Janson became signed to Warner Bros. Records Nashville, and the song was re-released as a single.[5] The single was selected by iHeartMedia for their "On The Verge" program that showcased new artists, giving the song airplay on 140 country radio stations for six weeks, starting May 4, 2015.[6]

An uncredited review from Taste of Country praised the "sharp lines" of the song and the prominent electric guitar in the production, in addition to saying that "[t]he mellow country-rocker is the sort of blue collar hero song that gets released every spring, but it comes across with sincerity sorely lacking from many others."[7]

Based purely on radioplay by Bobby Bones and word of mouth, the song reached No. 1 on the iTunes country chart over the weekend the song was played, selling 21,000 copies in three days.[8] It debuted on the Country Digital Songs chart at No. 8 and Hot Country Songs at No. 33.[9] The song was re-released in late April 2015, and debuted on the Country Airplay chart at No. 60 (chart date May 16, 2015). It topped the Most Increased Audience and Most Added radio chart in its second week of release, jumping from No. 60 to No. 29 in the Country Airplay chart.[10] After climbing up the radioplay chart, the song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at 92 for the chart dated June 13, 2015. The song peaked at No. 41 on the Hot 100 for the chart of September 12, 2015, and two weeks later at No. 3 on the Country Airplay chart and No. 2 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 14, 2015, and Platinum on December 10, 2015.[11] The song reached its million sales mark in August 2016.[12] and has sold 1,084,000 copies in the United States as of November 2016.[13]

The television network Country Music Television (CMT) financed and produced the song's music video, the first music video ever financed by the network itself. The video also features Nashville superstar actor Charles Esten.[14]

Commemorating the sinking of a carrier ship on Lake Superior, this song was written with an eye toward historical accuracy. Lightfoot changed some lyrics for live shows after new information about the sinking was uncovered.

The USS Reuben James was a destroyer that bears the sad distinction of being the first U.S. Navy ship sunk in Europe during World War II. In this song, Guthrie immortalized the crewmen who died fighting for freedom.

When they took a break from singing about California surfers, the Beach Boys recorded this ditty based on a Bahamian folk song. It made it to number one in numerous countries, including Germany, South Africa and New Zealand.

Chris Janson's story is not atypical. For years, the Nashville native toiled away as a songwriter and performer, sometimes coming close to the spotlight only to find well-laid plans crumble at the last minute. He wrote songs strong enough to attract the attention of established stars -- Tim McGraw released "Truck Yeah" in 2012 -- but it wasn't until he released "Buy Me a Boat" -- a wry aspirational country-rocker with a theme not a million miles away from Brad Paisley's "River Bank" -- in 2015 when he struck gold, and deservedly so. "Buy Me a Boat" is sharp and funny, demonstrating Janson's skills as a writer and singer -- he knows how to deliver the punch lines -- and if its accompanying album isn't quite up to its standards, it's nevertheless the work of an accomplished writer who knows how to sculpt a song for a wide audience. If Buy Me a Boat can be faulted, it's because its diversity often plays like a demo tape, with Janson crafting songs for any possible contemporary country audience. He doesn't push the bro-country button too hard, but he has party anthems ("Power of Positive Drinkin'") and hooky rockers ("Right in the Middle") mixing next to sticky ballads and odes to Jesus. All the different sounds feel like Janson is covering his bases, hoping that one of these tunes will click, and this can sometimes show the limits of his performing range: whether he's singing a rocker or a ballad, he's better when the production is a bit beefier, as it contrasts with his appealingly thin voice. This means that Buy Me a Boat is a debut, one with where the highlights shine brighter due to its occasional muddle, but even if he's sorting out his own distinctive voice, it's clear Janson has the chops to get him where he wants to go. 041b061a72


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