Bluefield – “Butterfly”
(Country Thunder Records)
There are times when I’ve wondered if I have somehow grown too jaded to enjoy country music, then a song comes along and reminds me why I love country music. Butterfly is one of those songs. Written by vocalists Rick Ferrell and Jennifer Hicks, the song beautifully discusses, over the course of five minutes, a story of how a young couple unexpectedly finds themselves with the dilemma of unexpected pregnancy. Where Eric Church‘s “Two Pink Lines”covered similar territory, “Butterfly” goes a different route.
While the song starts off with the couple planning on aborting the child, it goes on to, in a way that is not preachy at all, find the couple having second thoughts. The lyrics themselves are so good, so well thought out and the use of the butterfly as a metaphor for an incubating child is a good one. It’s a powerful song that people on both sides of the abortion debate should be able to appreciate. Vocally, Rick Ferrell is as strong and unique as he was when he recorded his DreamWorks solo album in the early part of the decade. Former Nashville Star contestent Jennifer Hicks supports him quite well and the duo seamlessly blend their voices well (a la Little Big Town).
Despite my personal appreciation of this musical masterpiece, I don’t know if radio will ‘get it;’ especially being a five-minute ballad and being pimped by the newish Country Thunder Records. Still, I hope it at least manages to crack the Country Top 50. It’s too good of a song to not get a chance. Perhaps, even a shot at AAA or CCM radio is in order for the song. It’s too good of a song to not get a chance.