What would happen if country stars had to express themselves through emojis?
The wordless “language” has taken off as it communicates so much with so little — you can even order pizza from Domino’s by simply tweeting the pizza emoji.
But how does that translate to country music? Can you get lyrics, or even the essence of an artist’s sound, across in a few cell phone icons? Well, I’m about to try.
Here’s a roundup of what some of the biggest country stars would say, if they said it with emojis.
While he was studying advertising at East Tennessee State University, Chesney recorded his first self-released demo album. He played local gigs and sold his albums at his shows. After graduating in ’90, Chesney headed to Nashville to chase his musical dreams.
Simple, unbothered and tropical – just like Chesney’s music.
He’s always got friends in low places to help him sing that mysterious third verse that goes at the end of the song.
Ring of fire
“Ring of Fire” was simple and profound at the same time, much like this emoji pairing.
Haggard’s music was a reflection of his hardscrabble upbringing and few songs captured that sentiment more than “Working Man Blues”.
Turtles All the Way Down
Simpson has been known to put some existential lyrics into his songs. “Turtles All the way Down”, off of his sophomore album “Metamodern sounds in Country Music”, is a trip.
Jesus take the wheel
After her “American Idol” win, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was the song that shot Underwood to stardom.
The only things Shelton loves more than performing country music: hunting and sharing his opinions on Twitter. You can follow him @blakeshelton. He also has tracks tattooed on his arm.
Besides being a great artists, Lambert’s reputation as a gun owner with a penchant for burning things (“Gunpowder and Lead”) has helped her carve out a niche for herself in the industry.
Drink a little drink, smoke a little smoke.
Church’s breakup song/party anthem “Drink a Little Drink” is a fan favorite at his shows.
Your cheating heart
Many artists have done cheating songs. few have done them as well as Hank.
Girls in a country song
Maddie and Tae’s anti-bro-country statement “Girl in a Country Song” positioned the duo in the middle of a movement to get more airplay for female country artists.
The lyrics to Bryan’s “Rain Is a Good Thing” capture what his songs are all about: country living, partying and loving.
Because he’s the King.
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Keith from down under
Because he’s from Australia
Girl from the north country
Because she’s from Canada. Duh.
Zac Brown Band
While they may currently be experimenting with different genres, Zac Brown Band will always be remembered for “Chicken Fried”.
Roll me up
Because nobody in the genre is as synonymous with smoke as Nelson.
The Perfect Country Western Song
Coe’s tongue-in-cheek lyrics about how a good country song should always include references to Momma, trains, trucks, prison and getting drunk translate perfectly into the emoji language.
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