We don’t know why it happens or how it happens, but it seems to be something in a lot of country folks’ DNA that they can get the same results from a $30 fishing pole, a hundred or so yards of line, a hook, bobber and a sunshine-y day as they can from a $200-an-hour therapist. The love for fishing crosses genders, races, religions and political affiliations and finds its way into a whole lot of country songs.
Rare Country’s 5 is looking at five of our favorite country songs, and it hurts so much to narrow this list down to just five, we may just have to bury our sorrows in the bottom of a lake … on a bass boat … with a Zebco.
Now, Luke Bryan gave us lots of options for fresh air therapy in his hit single, “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day,” and while we have no problem sitting in a deer stand, and certainly no issues at all with hugging up on our significant others, we aren’t sure that either of those offer the same kind of serenity that a clean cast and a gentle tug at the end of the line offers. And you can tell that when Luke and his fellow Georgia boys, the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip), wrote this 2016 chart-topper, they were writing from experience.
“If I could make a nickel off a turning ’em bass
Never worry about the price of gas
I’d be wheeling and dealing and sitting there reeling ’em in.”
Sounds nice, right? But we know — and we’re sure those fellas know, too — that fishing is about a whole lot more than just reeling in the big ones. It’s about the experience, especially if you’re teaching your little one about the glory of dropping a line.
Trace Adkins may be one of the most imposing figures in country music, and his incredible baritone has the capacity to rumble like thunder, but this insanely gifted vocalist can also sing a story that will soak into your soul like he does with “Just Fishin’.” Trace didn’t write this gentle song about making memories, but it sure as heck doesn’t matter. With five of his own daughters, when this gentle giant sings, “And I better do this every chance I get, ’cause time is tickin’,” we aren’t going to lie, we’re choking back tears.
Country songs about fishing aren’t new — ask the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. And they aren’t always serious, as Craig Campbell and Justin Moore can attest to. But one thing is certain, hearing them sure makes us want to go drown a few worms.
What is your favorite song about fishing? Did it make our list? Check out the Rare Country’s 5 video below and be sure to come back later in the week when we have more of the news and fun from in and around country music in a new Rare Country’s 5.