Twangy guitars (Dobros?) and a verse that recalls Mellencamp’s Pink Houses make it appear that KOL, however briefly, have caught sight of the Nashville skyline in their rear view mirrors.
A sweeping country fiddle and slide guitars play off one another as the tempo, accented by handclaps, gathers steam. It’s as close to a barn dance as the band is likely to get (Caleb’s Southern accent is most pronounced), and it’s a little off-kilter, too, as if the glow of moonshine was all too much for the guys (although, let’s be honest, they can afford the good stuff now).
Historically, Back Down South feels a little backwards, coming off as homage to Exile On Main St (on which The Stones gave props to American roots music). Even while playing it straight, the Followill boys don’t exactly walk the line.