Blanco Brown is all for partying and having a good time. That’s part of what his 2019 song “Funky Tonk” is all about. But the super-catchy country-rap jam comes with a very important warning: “Just don’t get ‘hind that wheel and party like you never did.”
“I was inspired to write ‘Funky Tonk’ because I see and hear about a lot of people drunk driving,” says Blanco in a new video created in paid partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
“I feel like that topic needs to be addressed a little bit more,” Blanco adds. “I know so many people that get behind the wheel and say they’re good. And I tell them, ‘You can’t keep doing that.’”
“Funky Tonk” arrives at the end of a big year for Brown, an Atlanta native who spent summers as a child visiting his grandmother in rural Butler, Georgia. As a result of that back-and-forth, Brown grew up listening to hip-hop and country. That explains the country trap sound of Brown’s “The Git Up,” a song that exploded on social media and streaming services earlier this year. By December 2019, “The Git Up” had amassed more than 136 million Spotify streams.
With the holidays approaching, there’s bound to be a lot of celebrating on everyone’s calendar. “Funky Tonk” is a reminder to never, ever hop in a car when you’ve had too much to drink. Below, you can check out Blanco Brown’s sit down with Billboard where he talks “Funky Tonk” and celebrating with family during the holidays: