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.