In almost every genre of American pop music over the last 100 years, songs about weed, and the artists who enjoyed a toke or two, were present. From Cab Calloway’s “Reefer Man” in the 1930s to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s jazz in mid-century to psychedelic rock to rap, there are marijuana references throughout 20th Century pop music culture.
The one glaring exception had been American country and western music. With the notable exception of legend Willie Nelson, and a few more lesser known performers over several decades, country music artists were dismissive, if not hostile, to potheads.
That changed in the last few years. During that short time, country music performers have arguably written the best weed songs of the decade (so far). Not to take anything away from Miley Cyrus, who turned the 2015 VMA Awards into a platform for her brash “Do It,” but by comparison, her refrain of “Yeah I smoke pot, yeah I love peace, but I don’t give a fuck, I ain’t no hippie” is a bit juvenile compared to several more thoughtful country tunes about marijuana.
If you only have time to check out one excellent country song about weed, listen to “Get High” by Brandy Clark. Here is her official video: