Review & Giveaway: Dog Country Music

Dog CountryAs the joke goes, “What happens when you play a country song backwards? You get your truck back, your girl back, your dog back and life is good.” But that could only be true if there were more songs written about our beloved relationship with [wo]man’s best canine friend.

That’s right. Songs, especially country songs, have been written about every human emotion, from blinding love, love’s devastating loss, to the very best of friendships, as well as all of life’s comedies an tragedies. Still, our relationships with our family dogs are all-to-often left out. That is until Dog Country came along, an entire album honoring our deep and loyal love for – and from – the canine persuasion.

Rest assured, there’s no wonky Honky-tonk here. Some of Nashville’s best hit songwriters worked on this project, including Mark Nesler (hits include Keith Urban’s “You Look Good in My Shirt” and George Strait’s songs “Go On” and “Living and Living Well”), Rand Bishop (Grammy nominee with roughly 250 cuts by such artists as Beach Boys, Heart, Cheap Trick, Indigo Girls, Tim McGraw, and Vanilla Fudge), Will Nance (wrote “She’s Everything” with Brad Paisley, George Strait’s “Round About Way,” Joe Nichols’ “Cool to be a Fool,”and much more), and Steve Dean (songs recorded by Reba McEntire, George Strait, Alabama, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Conway Twitty, Lee Ann Womack, Waylon Jennings, Ronnie Milsap, Dierks Bentley, Billy Dean and more),  just to name a few.

A favorite tune of mine, “Bebe’s Riding Shotgun,” is a fiery little ditty about that ex-lover whose memory finally took a back seat to a far better companion – the trusty dog. Although the amount of personal truth in the song’s ex story is a mystery, spunky songstress Mandy York says:

Mandy York“Bebe’s Riding Shotgun” is an especially close song to my heart in that it is very true. My dog, Bebe, really does go everywhere with me in the front seat.

I’m also a fan of “Lucky Dog,” sung from the jealous boyfriend’s point of view as he plays second fiddle to a bed-hog dog. But I truly can’t pick a favorite. All-in-all, Dog Country takes you on a musical trip from your front porch down winding dirt roads through the heartland of America with your most beloved friend right by your side.

Preview the album for free on Downloads can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and hard copies are available through PayPal. You can also join the Dog Country community on Facebook and Twitter.


I’m no “Lucky Dog” since I didn’t get a free album to review, (Take that, FCC!) but YOU can be! Enter to win a free hard copy CD thanks to a kindly and unsolicited offer from Cloud 10 Music.

Comment below about why you’d like this album and one random winner will be chosen by midnight (EDT) on Friday, April 15, 2011. If chosen, respond to my winning email notification with your mailing address by midnight (EDT) on Monday, April 18, 2011 (or another winner will be chosen). Cloud 10 Music will ship your CD ASAP!

What are you waiting for? C’mon, little doggies. Get crackin’!

NOTE: I received no compensation to review this product. The opinions expressed herein are my honest assessment based on observation and personal experience using the free sample I received.


  1. I would like this cd because my husband is the biggest country music fan I know, and he loves listening to it with our two dogs, Lucy and Dory.

  2. I would love this also because I think my husband would HUGELY adore it! Our Sheltie is "his boy"….OMG!!!!

    I love that the songs are sung from the dog's perspective….(at least the one I listened to) the door on the website is too cute!

    Notice I didn't link to my cat blog on the comment I linked to my dog blog!!! 🙂

    • Terrific, Caren! I love their website too. (… although you can't access it through a mobile phone. That was a bummer when I tried to show a friend.) Congrats on your new dog blog and I wish you luck in the drawing!

  3. I surprised myself by really liking country music when I moved to Tucson from NYC. And of course I really like dogs. This combination sounds like a winner to me.

    • Excellent, Edie! Believe it or not, I was a full-on metal head (not to be mistaken for those comparatively wussy hair bands) into my 20s and still rock out on occasion. I took to country after watching Crossroads several years ago when the rock n' roll crossover was in full swing. Can't get enough now. It's much easier on the head-bobbing neck pain metal offers.

  4. Metal head? Ouch! BOL CindyLu here – and I just want to jump all over you for telling us about this album! Mom loves country music (unfortunately she sings along), and I've always had a bone to pick about the songs not including us dogs! Finally, I can end my boycott and sing along with her!

    • Well, the two of you will make a lovely duet, I'm sure. (Good thing you're in Chicago and I'm in Upstate NY.) Whatever harmonies (or dissonance) comes of this contest, I wish you luck in the drawing. LOL.

  5. This sounds like a great CD to enjoy with Sandy & Jingles. I love songs about dogs & those country singers on the CD are great!

  6. Harley Harrington says:

    It's about time someone sang about the life of our family dogs. They for the most part get very little recognition except when being scolded for some indiscretion. I might even write a song for my furry friends.. great post!

    • I've heard plenty of songs where pets are mentioned but only briefly, like in the indigo Girls' "Fill It Up Again" …

      I checked my schedule now my train is rolling down a track

      Past the sadness of the salt flats

      To the prospect of the land fat

      Or just a lazy orange house cat

      On the sofa where I'll be put up

      Still, that's not much. If you do write your own song, share some lyrics here!

  7. Adrienne Gilbreath, you are the lucky winner of the Dog Country CD! Congratulations! Just email your mailing address to and Cloud 10 Music will send that to you the minute I forward it to them.

    Thanks for playing, everybody!

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