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A Country Music singer hailing from Rincon, Georgia, known primarily for his neotraditionalist, laid-back sound.

Currington had a few scattered songwriting credits before he was picked up by Mercury Records in 2003. His debut album produced the hits "Walk a Little Straighter" and "I Got a Feelin'", and then-labelmate Shania Twain featured him on her last Top 10 hit, "Party for Two", by the end of 2004.

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It was late 2005's Doin' Somethin' Right that produced his first #1 hit in "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right", along with "Good Directions", penned by a then-unknown Luke Bryan. In 2009, Currington suffered a concussion following a stage collapse in Alberta, which also injured his bassist and killed a spectator. He also had his biggest hit in this timespan with "People Are Crazy", a ballad from Little Bit of Everything. Enjoy Yourself also racked up the chart-toppers "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer" and "Let Me Down Easy", while a change of producers (Carson Chamberlain to Dann Huff) saw an edgier, more guitar-driven sound in the hits "Hey Girl", "We Are Tonight", and "Don't It".

Currington's sound balances traditional country with a pop-rock polish and occasional traces of R&B.

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Albums

  • Billy Currington (2003)
  • Doin' Somethin' Right (2005)
  • Little Bit of Everything (2008)
  • Enjoy Yourself (2010)
  • We Are Tonight (2013)
  • Summer Forever (2015)

Tropes present in his work:

  • Alcoholic Parent: The subject of "Walk a Little Straighter" is the narrator's alcoholic father. (Currington wrote the chorus when he was only 12.)
  • Doo-Wop Progression: "Love Done Gone"
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He wrote a song for Tracy Byrd before having hits of his own.
  • Everytown, America: "Drinkin' Town with a Football Problem" is about a small rural American town that is devoted to its high school football team.
  • Karmic Jackpot: "People Are Crazy". The narrator converses with an old man, who provides the title observation. Later on, the narrator discovers that the old man has died and left a fortune to him.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: For a song about moving on from a failed relationship, "Love Done Gone" is almost ridculously cheery, with its upbeat "ba-ba-da, ba-da-ba" and trumpets.
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  • New Sound Album: We Are Tonight has more of a pop rock edge.
  • Ode to Intoxication: "Pretty Good at Drinkin' Beer" points out that the narrator doesn't have a lot of useful world skills, but is "pretty good at drinkin' beer".
  • Old Man Conversation Song: "People Are Crazy" is a conversation with an old man in a bar.
  • Self-Backing Vocalist: Usually averted, but played straight on "Drinkin' Town with a Football Problem".
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