Celebrate the Heart of Country, Americana, and Roots Music!

Drop Us A Line, Y'all

Y'all interested in advertising, partnering up, contributing stories, joining our team, or just got a question? Well, don't be shy, drop us a line!

Follow Us

Mid-Pandemic, Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” Deemed Tone Deaf

Blake Shelton's "Minimum Wage"
by

Blake Shelton’s “Minimum Wage” was officially released on January 15, 2021. It’s the lead single from his upcoming album, which he will put out later this year. Jesse Frasure, Corey Crowder, and Nicolle Galyon wrote this single while Scott Hendricks produced it. 

However, it dominated the headlines even before it hit the record stores after its live premiere on December 31, 2020 during NBC’s televised event.

Although the Grammy-nominated country star clarified that he’s simply singing a love song, several radical Twitter users don’t agree so.

The lyrics “Your love is money / Yeah, your love can make a man feel rich on minimum wage” received backlash as it was deemed tone deaf by many listeners. 

With its explicitly socially relevant title, the song was released later in the same day when President-elect Joe Biden announced his stimulus plan. Part of his action plan was to increase the federal minimum wage to $15/hour, twice the current minimum wage amount. 

Unsurprisingly, the tune doesn’t try to unravel the crucial issue of income inequality across the USA.

Blake Shelton was quick to address the issue surrounding his latest single. He underscored the fact that the lyrics are singing about how love can make someone feel “rich” even when they’re actually “poor.”

However, many listeners didn’t buy his explanation, noting how he could release such a song during the period when unemployment rates have been skyrocketing. Other Twitter users highlighted that it’s insensitive of the singer to hint at the issue considering that he’s a multimillionaire, obviously receiving more than the minimum wage.

While the song leaves much room for interpretation, some fans of the country hitmaker took his side, noting his good intentions. 

In an interview with Country Music Television (CMT) two weeks after his New Year’s Eve performance, the singer spoke about his reality. He shrugged off the haters’ comments while saying that the song simply resonated with him since it’s a reminder of how he used to struggle in his years as a budding singer.

He continued speaking about how he was worried about paying his rent, just like any other struggling artist out there. Yet, he said that he wouldn’t trade his struggles for something else because those made him who he is today.

So sure about is stand, the multi-awarded country crooner simply ended his response to the bashers with the line, “We’ll just have to agree to disagree.”

Have you listened to “Blake Shelton’s Minimum Wage?” Do you think it’s enough to agree to disagree during the most problematic year in recent world history? 

Let us know what you think about the song. If you haven’t caught up with the lyrics yet, listen to the song below:

Latest Stories

Travis Tritt + Foolish Pride

What does Travis Tritt’s Single “Foolish Pride” Say about Complicated Love Stories?

Released in March 1994, “Foolish Pride” was released by the Grammy award-winning country singer Travis Tritt and delivered a relatable single for lovers going through a complicated relationship with their ...

Marie Osmond + Paul Davis + You're Still New to Me

Marie Osmond Makes an Unforgettable Duet with Paul Davis in “You’re Still New to Me”

Throwback to July 1986 when Marie Osmond and Paul Davis released “You’re Still New to Me” and made history for peaking at No. 1 on the US Hot Country Charts ...

Hank Williams + Old Country Church

“Old Country Church”: Throwback to Hank Williams’ Ode to the Christian Community 

What better way to celebrate life with your Christian community than with old gospel music? Hank Williams’ “Old Country Church” is the ultimate anthem for a Sunday morning. His warm ...

Willie Nelson + My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys

Willie Nelson Sings a Bittersweet Rendition of “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”

Legendary musician Willie Nelson stirs up our hearts with his own version of Waylon Jennings’ single “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys.” Originally recorded by Jennings for his 1976 album ...

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024

Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Telluride Bluegrass Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:Telluride Town Park in Telluride, ColoradoPerformers Include:Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Sam Bush Band, The Infamous Stingdusters, Charley Crockett, and moreTicket Information:Get ...

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024

Buckeye Country Superfest 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Buckeye Country Superfest 2024Festival Duration:June 22-23, 2024Venue:Ohio Stadium, in Columbus, OhioPerformers Include:Zach Bryan and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Due to overwhelming demand, Buckeye Country Superfest 2024 will be ...

Glastonbury Festival 2024

Glastonbury Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Glastonbury Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 26-30, 2024Venue:Worthy Farm in Pilton, Somerset, EnglandPerformers Include:Dua Lipa, Coldplay, SZA, Shania Twain, and moreTicket Information:SOLD OUT The annual Glastonbury Festival is ready to welcome ...

Reba McEntire + No U In Oklahoma

Reba McEntire’s Single “No U in Oklahoma” Should’ve Been More Popular

Listening to “No U in Oklahoma” by Reba McEntire is like finding a hidden treasure. It may not be a popular classic, but the fun and funky country beat of ...

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024

Red Wing Roots Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Red Wing XI Roots Music Festival 2024Festival Duration:June 21-23, 2024Venue:Natural Chimneys Park in Mount Solon, VirginiaPerformers Include:Kurt Vile & The Violators, Bonny Light Horseman, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets ...

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024

Barefoot Country Music Festival 2024: What You Need To Know

Festival Title:Barefoot Country Music Fest 2024Festival Duration:June 20-23, 2024Venue:On The Beach of Wildwood, New JerseyPerformers Include:Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kane Brown, Old Dominion, and moreTicket Information:Get Your Tickets Here Come ...