Brantley Gilbert Teams Up with Toby Keith and HARDY on ‘The Worst Country Song Of All Time’

Brantley Gilbert called upon his friends HARDY and Toby Keith to join him on his brand new single, “The Worst…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 18, 2021


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Brantley Gilbert called upon his friends HARDY and Toby Keith to join him on his brand new single, “The Worst Country Song Of All Time.” 

The tongue-in-cheek tune opens by assuring listeners, “This is the worst country song of all time” and goes on to find the superstars rattling off line by line of what many would consider to be the exact opposite of country music fans’ beliefs.

“I hate beer and honky-tonk women / I don’t eat deer and I can’t stand fishing / And I don’t know the words to Family Tradition/ Folsom Prison or Walk The Line / And I think sweet tea is overrated / And all dirt roads were made for paving / Yeah this is worst country song of all time,” the first verse goes. 

The artists join together on the chorus singing: “And the chorus goes / I love cities and traffic jams / I don’t want a house on a piece of land/ I deserve a bunch of money and a minivan / But I don’t wanna earn a dime / Old Yeller didn’t make me sad / I think we should change the American flag, yeah/ This is the worst country song of all time.” 

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According to Gilbert, the track initially started out as a joke. 

“HARDY threw the idea on the table, and he said, ‘Guys, I know this is crazy, but I had a title I put down in my phone: ‘The Worst Country Song Of All Time,’” the seven-time chart-topper explains. “We all laughed it off because obviously it was a joke. Then we all were throwing out lines we thought were funny. The next thing you know, we’ve got this song written, and the rest is history in the making.”

Gilbert and HARDY teamed up with Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly to write the song and Gilbert said he immediately knew he wanted to invite HARDY to join him on the track. 

“We were listening to the demo after we finished it, and I said to HARDY, ‘Man, if we get a wild hair and decide we’re actually going to cut this, would you be cool with cutting it with me?,’” Gilbert recalls. “I’ll never forget, he looked at me and he said, ‘Absolutely.’
“As far as Toby goes – it’s freakin’ Toby Keith!” Gilbert adds. “He’s written some of the best and put out some of my favorite country songs of all time. So having him on it is kind of like that final seal of approval.”

“The Worst Country Song Of All Time” is available to stream/purchase now. The song will officially hit country radio on Monday, June 21. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.