COVER* OF THE WEEK: Devin Dawson's Version Of "God's Country"


Ok so, technically this isn't a cover since Devin wrote the song BUT since a decent amount of casual country music fans think it's just Blake Shelton's song, I'm taking this time to educate and give love to the songwriters because without them, Blake wouldn't have notched his 27th #1 song. God's Country, though performed by Blake, was actually written by three bad ass songwriters/artists who will be playing a big part in country music's next generation.

Jordan Schmidt is one of the best in the game right now, do a little digging and you'll see his name pop up on a BUNCH of your favorite artist's songs in some way shape or form, whether it be producing, songwriting, mixing or something else, Schmidt has a finger on the pulse of country music right now and I don't see him going away anytime soon.

Next on the songwriter list is someone you might've heard before (you should've heard of heard of him by now since we're playing his song 'Rednecker' all the time on BIG95.5), it's HARDY. His artist fuse has been lit and we'll be seeing a lot more of him in the near future but for now, just know he's boys with FGL and Morgan Wallen, has written some of your favorite FGL hits, and you'll see him on stage if you got your tickets to see FGL at HCA on August 9th.

And finally, this brings us to the man in the video. The golden voice himself, Devin Dawson. Most recently, he blew out the speakers at Windy City Smokeout during this song because his version has a LOT of attitude (and bass), which is very on brand for Devin (Musically, of course. Dude is the nicest guy in the world but his music has a very rebel feel to it, in my opinion). The coolest thing was, he just kept singing, despite the crowd pretty much only hearing drums. Power was restored maybe 15 seconds later but Devin and the band just kept playing. I could name COUNTLESS other acts in multiple genres who would've stopped the show completely and then restarted the song, completely killing whatever momentum they had built up to that point in the set. Not DD though, his energy was all in from the first guitar strum and that's why country music is the absolute best. It's all about the song and it's gonna be played in it's entirety whether the speakers can handle it or not. A very badass moment that I, for one, will remember for a very long time. I'm getting sidetracked. If you're still reading, God bless you. I'll wrap this up.

The video gave me chills. Something so simple about a guitar and a voice. Definitely gives you a new appreciation for the song. Congrats to Devin, Hardy, Jordan and Blake on the #1! Hoping to see you boys hit the top again very very soon. - @Traceahamilton



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