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Date Night at the Dairy Queen

by Jason Tyler Burton

The 2nd single from Kentuckian, Date Night at the Dairy Queen is a light-hearted tune that gets to the feelings of pride and despair that rural people feel for their way of life.
Genre: Country: Americana
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“Date Night at the Dairy Queen”, the new single from Americana artist Jason Tyler Burton, examines the cognitive dissonance of rural America in a lighthearted way. The single’s tongue in cheek lyrics are both staggering and relatable. Burton provides a social commentary on the irony of people in a small town who are unhappy with life, yet don’t want it to change. The down-tempo waltz combined with dancing fiddle and piano captures both pride and despair. “Date Night at the Dairy Queen” is the second single off the upcoming album, Kentuckian, and is out for release July 22.

“Date Night at the Dairy Queen” shifts between comedy and tragedy with John Prine inspired sentiment. Burton describes the lyrics as “simple and poignant”, with every line having a counterpoint to itself. It captures the contradicting mind frame of someone who feels stuck in their town but loves it at the same time. Burton sings, “In this town you’ve never heard of, you can’t get any further from free. But it’s where I come from, and you’re not going to take that from me.”

The easy rhythm moves like a classic Americana ballroom sway. Burton’s rugged croon narrates the lives of those stuck in dead-end jobs and people who live on disability checks, government assistance and welfare, yet decry big government. The juxtaposition between the steady melody and punchy lyrics greater symbolize the message about rural America that is being unveiled.

Kentuckian, the upcoming album from Jason Tyler Burton, narrows in on the complexities and nuances of Appalachian, rural life. People whose stories go untold or are misunderstood have a place of significance on Kentuckian, including stories of Burton’s own life that he collected while spending his formative years there. The name of the album represents how Burton identifies as a Kentuckian. Despite not being a born native of the state, he found most of himself there, and it is his most personal album to date. The characters in many of the songs on the album are unashamedly Kentuckians, and their pride is evident. In songs like “Easy For Me,” “High Road to Harlan,” and “Date Night at the Dairy Queen,” he chronicles their rural lives in a way that breaks down the stereotypes and cliches that are presented in books, on the news, or the endless stream of pop country songs coming out of Nashville. The name, Kentuckian, also represents Burton’s struggle with his roots in Kentucky. It will always be a place he calls home, and yet there are so many things about it and its peoples that frustrate him. The album digs into that juxtaposition but also has allowed Burton to claim who he is and not run from it - like a true Kentuckian.



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