Blanco Brown Explores His Childhood in Debut Album ‘Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs’

Hannah Thompson, Staff Writer

Blanco Brown released his debut album, “Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs,” on Oct. 11 and whether you know it or not, you have most likely already heard at least one song on this album.

The last track on the album, “The Git Up,” has completely blown up on social media.

“People filming themselves on TikTok while trying to master the dance helped propel the song into viral smash territory and a country chart hit, and the rest is recent history,” the Rolling Stone reported.

The song is the epitome of the recently popular country hip hop genre hitting the mainstream charts that includes songs such as Old Town Road by Lil Nas X.  Brown has dubbed his music style as “TrailerTrap.” Country Music Tattle Tale reported that the “genre” fuses Brown’s greatest musical influencers:  Johnny Cash and Outkast.

I tend to steer clear of today’s country music. This is probably because the majority of the country music I hear tends to focus on trucks and hyper-nationalistic viewpoints. Given this fact, the album is obviously not my favorite, but I do give Brown credit for engineering a catchy, personal and arguably meaningful album.

The album as a whole honors the storytelling for which traditional country music is known. Brown grew up in the projects of Atlanta, often spending summers in rural Georgia.  But no matter his location, honeysuckles and lightning bugs made him feel at home, according to BBR Music Group.  Against this background, it is easy to see how his roots shaped his interest and direction in music.

The song “Ghett Ol’ Memories” explores the contrast between his two lifestyles. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Brown said, “When I went to the country, I had no worries.” Hence the nostalgic and light lyrics that contrast with lyrics such as “gunshots at the backdoor,” and “I heard the sirens ringing from my bed” that represent the unpredictability of the projects.

While the songs on the album have an original sound, they feel a bit repetitive. The hip hop beat in the background is so similar throughout the 33-minute album that it becomes tiresome by the time the last song is reached.

I must admit, however, that while I was not charmed by the sound or genre of the album, the lyrics are more relevant and sincere than the vast majority of the hip hop country genre I have heard.