*Country group The Dixie Chicks put their spin on Beyonce’s down home track “Daddy Lessons” from her new Lemonade album, despite the track being shaded within the country music community.
The group performed the song during their Saturday concert in Manchester, England, and it seemed to go over well with the crowd. But back home in Nashville, several country music critics took it upon themselves to declare that despite the country flavor of the track, lyrics and video, “Daddy Lessons” is not a country song.
Alison Bonaguro, a critic for Country Music Television, wrote that “some yee-haws, a little harmonica and mentions of classic vinyl, rifles and whiskey” does not constitute a country song.
“All of the sudden, everyone’s acting like she’s moved to Nashville and announced that she’s country now. Just because of this song ‘Daddy Lessons,'” she wrote of the Texas native’s tune, according to ET. “It doesn’t sound like a country song to me, she didn’t cut it at a studio in Tennessee, and it certainly wasn’t written by a group of Nashville songwriters.”
A critic for Saving Country Music shared a similar opinion, writing: “‘Daddy Lessons’ is not country. And if you’re a country fan who regularly doesn’t listen to anything but country, there’s nothing to see here.”
Meanwhile, Kevin Cossom, one of the track’s co-writers, told Billboard that it “painted a country picture,” and Beyonce set out to keep the song as “organic” and simple as possible. “It sounded tough. ‘So my daddy said shoot.’ You see the whiskey on the table. You see the rifle. It just had that feel to it. It didn’t take the hip-hop element to make it tough, which I think is very cool especially for Beyonce,” he said. “And it goes with her being from Texas. Her vibe to it just makes sense for how it all came together.”
The Nashville hate didn’t stop “Lemonade” from reaching number one on the Billboard 200 charts, which makes this the singer’s sixth studio album to reach the top spot.
Listen to The Dixie Chicks’ version of “Daddy Lessons” below: