Countrypop is nu niet direct iets waar ik voor val en waar ik over zou schrijven, al liggen de liedjes gewoonlijk goed in het oor. Ook dit Briefcase van Walker Hayes: mooi maar oh zo braafjes. De akoestische touch en de bijdrage van Lori McKenna hebben me echter over de streep getrokken. Wat 'luister naar' (hieronder betreft zou ik deze keer zeggen: sla maar over. De ep Country Stuff verscheen op 4 juni.
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Walker Hayes is joined by Lori McKenna for a reflection on his own relationship with, and similarities to, his father in the acoustic ballad “Briefcase,” a track from his new Country Stuff EP. Hayes recalls being sad that his dad was always at work, not realizing the sacrifices his father was having to make until he had kids of his own. Now his paychecks depend on him getting out on the road: He acknowledges he finally understands the struggle. “It’s a juggling act between feeding the kids and feeding the dreams we chase,” he sings, with McKenna providing harmonies. “I guess the guitar doesn’t fall too far from the briefcase.”