Blake Shelton Passes on Peach Pickers Song

Blake Shelton turned a few heads on Music Row this week by passing on a song by hit writing trio the Peach Pickers, a move unprecedented in recent Nashville history.

The threesome, comprised of Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, and Dallas Davidson, had sent their song “Beer on a Truckbed” to Shelton for his next album, sure that it would follow past hits such as “All About Tonight” and “Honey Bee” up the charts. They were stunned when word came back, in the form of a handwritten note from the singer himself, that Shelton would not be recording the song:

“Fun song, guys, but it’s basically just a bunch of country cliches wrapped around repetitions of the title phrase,” wrote Shelton. “In fact, it sounds like almost everything else you’ve written for the past 5 years. I think maybe you should start giving the listening public a little more credit for not being a bunch of dumb hicks that want a bunch of country stereotypes parroted back to them all the time.”

“I can’t stand this sh*t,” he concluded.

Shelton’s management team has gone into damage control mode, sending camo hunting gear gift baskets to the publishing companies of all three Peach Pickers and explaining that the singer is going through a difficult time following the recent passing of his father.

“Blake will be back to his usual self by the time we head into the studio again, and I’m sure we’ll put at least 6 or 7 other Peach Pickers songs on his next album,” promises regular Shelton producer Scott Hendricks. “I have a great one in hand right now called ‘Beer in a Bass Boat,’ so things are looking good.”

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About C.M. Wilcox

A freelance writer and humorist with an abiding love of country music, C.M. Wilcox's cutting, clear-eyed take on the genre has drawn the attention of Country Weekly, The Washington Post, and The Tennessean in the years since this site began. C.M. lives near Sacramento and can be reached by email at CMW (at) countrycalifornia.com.

Things People Are Saying

  1. Joe says:

    This is completely false. Totally made up!

  2. Ben Milam says:

    totally false. i agree. he probably is going to record beer on a truckbed.

  3. Rick says:

    I think one of the few artists in Nashville who would really say this to the Peach Pickers is Elizabeth Cook as she’s proven to have bigger balls than most of the men. On the other hand Elizabeth is such a talented songwriter she doesn’t need those commercial hacks in the first place….

  4. This is killer. I only wish Blake were this intuitive and could rise above these generic type songs. But if “Beer In A Bass Boat” isn’t on his next release, I’ll be very disappointed.

  5. Ben says:

    Outstanding work, C.M. My favorite part: “I think maybe you should start giving the listening public a little more credit for not being a bunch of dumb hicks that want a bunch of country stereotypes parroted back to them all the time.”

    I’m often amazed at how quickly and adamantly certain commenters will leap to the defense of the Peach Pickers’ artistry. The two favorite defenses tend to be “If radio plays their songs, then they’re obviously brilliant” and “You critics are just bitter losers who failed at music careers.”

  6. K J Rock says:

    Flipping hilarious C.M. – of course they’re working even now on their demo for Peach Pickin’ In Our Pickup.

  7. Ryan Roberts says:

    Don’t agree with mentioning the passing of his dad in this one, but outside of that this is pretty funny!

  8. Chris Lewis says:

    I read this and was hoping it was completely true! Damn you guys got me again.

  9. Woogeroo says:

    PERFECT.

    -W

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