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Single Review: “Real Gone” by Billy Ray Cyrus

June 3, 2008

I thought I’d heard this song before. In addition to Rascal Flatt’s version of “Life Is A Highway”, Sheryl Crow shared a new song that became the secondary theme song to the film CARS. That song was “Real Gone” which has become a speed and racing based anthem in its own right. Billy has decided to have his take at the song and release it as the first single off of his upcoming project. With one of the catchiest guitar riffs in the genre this year I actually prefer Billy’s version to Sheryl’s. Lyrically the song depicts the constant pressures of change put on small town life through the use of car metaphors and serves as a sentiment to small town and southern pride and the American willingness to speak out and stand up for every aspect of one’s lifestyle. Overall it’s actually quite an impressive performance from Cyrus, all things considered.

Grade: B

11 Comments leave one →
  1. Dee permalink
    June 5, 2008 6:07 pm

    All things considered? What does that mean? This is a great great song and super super video. Billy Ray is and has always been a first-rate artist. I have been at numerous concerts, and nobody does it like BRC. This guy is the best!!! Way to go, Billy Ray. It is about time your talents shine with all the other country performers….except there is one difference, you are still a huge mega star. Go, BRC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. cowboybleau permalink*
    June 5, 2008 8:21 pm

    Don’t be so defensive Dee, what I meantg by all things considered is that it is in fact a take off of a previous single, not to mention it was originally done by a woman, a hard range for a guy to match. Also Billy’s career was reborn through his daughter’s success that allowed no only country folk, but the younger crowd and other genres to witness Billy’s family’s talent. So if you consider the struggle he faced getting back in the game and the fact that many could see Sheryl’s version better than his, this is pretty good. That’s all I meant.

    Actually had Sheryl not shown it off before this probably would have ben a higher grade that it is, so in part he is also an innocent victim of circumstance.

  3. BillyRayAllTheWay permalink
    June 7, 2008 9:13 pm

    I personally don’t think it matters how Billy Ray got back in the spotlight–he’s totally holding his own now, and I love that he’s such a role model for a family man. I can’t wait to see him host this season of Nashville Star. This summer season premieres on NBC this Monday June 9 at 9/8c.

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  5. July 2, 2008 2:06 am

    i like how u sing
    u sing REAL

  6. July 2, 2008 2:10 am

    i like ur singin
    u sing good billy u made that song if u did wow u r the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    peace 1

  7. July 2, 2008 2:11 am


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