Throughout his meteoric career, Zach Bryan has always maintained his distance from the Nashville music industry, which has often faced criticism for churning out an overly slick, commercialised sound.
Just in case there was any lingering doubt as to where Bryan stands on this, on a new song snippet he reiterated the fact that Music Row's version of country music isn't for him.
I love out of tune guitars, taking jokes too far and my bartenders, extra damn mean.♬ Dallas - Zach Bryan
On the song, entitled ‘Dallas’, Bryan croons, “When you make it to Nashville / You can tell by one hat-tilt / That place just ain't my scene”.
The country star then goes on to underline his preference for a more rustic, authentic aesthetic and sound, “I love out of tune guitars / And taking jokes too far / And my bartenders extra damn mean”.
The track finds Bryan returning to the style of his 2022 opus, American Heartbreak, adopting a more sparse, stripped-back feel compared to his atmospheric latest release, ‘Dawns’.
Bryan is in the midst of preparations for his 2023 Burn, Burn, Burn tour, which has strayed from the beaten path by limiting the power of ticket scammers. On Wednesday, as well as revealing that the tour had almost sold out, Bryan also confirmed he'd be adding more dates in the near future.
Whether or not ‘Dallas’ will appear in his setlist remains to be seen, but it certainly is expected to feature on Bryan's upcoming album, Writers and Fighters, which was originally slated for February. At the start of the month, however, the singer-songwriter confirmed he was postponing the project's release date.
The new snippet is the latest in a flurry of teasers that Bryan has been releasing across his socials in recent months. If they all end up featuring on the new record, then it's sure to be another chart-topping hit for the Oklahoma native.
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