Boots On

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"Boots On"
Single by Randy Houser
from the album Anything Goes
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2009 (2009-02-23)
Recorded2008
GenreCountry
Length2:51
LabelUniversal South
Songwriter(s)
  • Randy Houser
  • Brandon Kinney
Producer(s)
Randy Houser singles chronology
"Anything Goes"
(2008)
"Boots On"
(2009)
"Whistlin' Dixie"
(2009)

"Boots On" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Randy Houser. It was released in February 2009 as the second single from his debut album Anything Goes. The song peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Houser wrote this song with Brandon Kinney.

Content[edit]

The song is an up-tempo with a theme of rural pride. The male narrator states that he is going to a bar to have fun with his "boots on", and states later on that he will die with his boots on.

Critical reception[edit]

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review. He described the song as "the kind of song that radio loves precisely because fans will also love it."[1] Kevin J. Coyne of Country Universe gave "Boots On" a B− rating. He stated that "Houser’s enthusiastic performance helps to elevate the rather ordinary material, but there’s been such a glut of 'country and proud of it' songs lately."[2]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made, and was directed by Drake Vaughan and Eric Welch. The video features a toddler, Drake Dixon, son of songwriter Dillon Dixon, singing along with the song, and miming guitar playing. The footage of Drake singing along was originally shot by his nanny, Vickie Vaughan, who subsequently put the video on MySpace.[3] The video became popular online, and Houser decided to incorporate it in his video, making it look like Drake was in his car.[4] At the beginning of the video, Houser puts a digital video camera on his dashboard, pointed at Drake. At the end of the video, after finishing filling up his car, Houser finds he's locked out of it, but Drake's still too busy rocking out to notice.

The video was nominated for Music Video of the Year at the 2009 Country Music Association Awards, however, it lost to Taylor Swift's "Love Story".

Chart performance[edit]

"Boots On" debuted at No. 59 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated March 7, 2009, and entered the Top 40 in its third chart week. It entered the Top 10 at No. 9 in July 2009 and peaked at No. 2 in September 2009, thus becoming his first Top 10 hit. It also finished at No. 3 on the Billboard Year-End chart for country music.[5]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 53
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Randy Houser – "Boots On"". Roughstock. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  2. ^ Coyne, Kevin (January 31, 2009). "Randy Houser – "Boots On"". Country Universe. Retrieved April 30, 2009.
  3. ^ MySpace – Drake Jammin to Boots On Archived March 31, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Parton, Chris (April 24, 2009). "New Randy Houser "Boots On" Video Stars Toddler Drake Dixon". CMT Blog. Retrieved June 27, 2009.
  5. ^ "Billboard Year-End Hot Country Songs: 2009". Billboard.biz. Archived from the original on August 31, 2010. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  6. ^ "Randy Houser Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "Randy Houser Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2011.
  8. ^ "Best of 2009: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2009.