"I got a cold beer in my right hand. In my left I got my wedding band," Ashton Shepherd drawls in the opening line on this week's iTunes Single of the Week, "Takin' Off This Pain."
It's pretty much all I needed to hear before I knew I'd hate this song. The song exemplifies contemporary country at its worst, a jilted woman bitching about how her man don't treat her right. "You don't never even talk to me, I just get to do your laundry. You sit there and watch TV even when I'm looking sexy." Ugh.
Some will probably herald this woman as the next Gretchen Wilson, but would that even be a compliment?
If you really have a hankering for country music, try someone like Rachel Proctor, who has a real voice, writes fantastic songs and (unlike Ashton) doesn't make my ears bleed.