by Chuck Dauphin
Though there was Sheb Wooley / Ben Colder, Homer & Jethro, and others before them, Cledus T. Judd took the Country song parody and lifted into an art form in the 1990. There was no artist too big for Judd to take on with his talents, and most even joined right in. Shania Twain, Joe Diffie, and Brooks & Dunn all even joined in the fun over the years.
Judd has been keeping busy with his radio career at WQYK in Tampa over the past few years, and has not released an album at some time. Wisely, the brass at Warner Brothers realized this, and decided to offer him a contract. The artist has responded with one of his most unique offerings yet.
There are several parodies that you know Judd for. “Cledus T” is a take off on Eric Church’s “Springsteen,” and he also borrows from Church’s “Creepin” on “Tweetin.” Toby Keith will no doubt be proud of Judd’s “Double-D Cups,” and Little Big Town gets their first time in the cover spotlight with his “Honeymoon,” a nod to their massive hit “Pontoon.” He also tips his hat to Easton Corbin (“A Little More Hungry Than That”), Brad Paisley (“If This Is Country Music”), and Rascal Flatts’ “Banjo,” which turns into “Tebow.” One can only imagine if the Jets struggle down the stretch….
Judd also strikes a little bit more of a somber tone on his “The House That Broke Me.” Of course, the song is derived from Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” but it’s not really that straight ahead funny – nor is it intended to be. It’s a song that many can identify with, unfortunately. Still, the other songs will have you grinning from ear to ear, and with everything going on around us – that is a very good thing. Welcome back, Cledus!
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