Music Review: Billy Currington Goes Country And Beyond At The Fillmore

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The Georgia-born singer likes to start off country but emphatically refuses to stay there. ( Josh Sisk / For The Washington Post ) – Billy Currington ranged as far afield as The Jeffersons theme song and Robin Thickes Blurred Lines. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas By the close of his 80-minute set at the Fillmore on Friday night, Currington and his versatile, energetic quintet had unearthed the Jeffersons TV theme song Movin On Up and, with stabs at Robin Thickes Blurred Lines and Daft Punks Get Lucky , turned the Silver Spring rock hall into a beat-heavy nightclub. Which is hardly to say that he held back the hard stuff. After opening with the happy-go-lucky I Got a Feelin , Currington dug into the honky-tonk rockers I Wanna Be a Hillbilly and Thats How Country Boys Roll . The traditional-sounding country-western ballad Pretty Good at Drinkin Beer and the mid-tempo Love Done Gone , with its charming Neil Diamondesque ba-bada singalong hook, lifted spirits even higher. It was at this point that Currington introduced the audience to his real-live chocolate labrador retriever, Paco the honorary subject of the mock-misogynistic Like My Dog (He dont get mad at me and throw a major fit / When I say his sister is a bitch / I want you to love me like my dog does, baby / When I come home, want you to just go crazy). Currington escaped the doghouse with a pair of heartfelt ballads: Let Me Down Easy and Dont. Indeed its easy to picture Currington having attempted to rise up the ranks of modern R&B singers. Occasionally, though, Curringtons expansive range led him too far afield. The slick pulsating pop of Hey Girl and We Are Tonight (the title track of his recently dropped new album) sounded forced and flat on Friday. Yet no matter how strenuously he stretches his repertoire, Currington remains centered in songs like Good Directions and People Are Crazy , the latter a worthy contribution to county musics corpus of wisdom literature: God is great, beer is good and people are crazy. Galupo is a freelance writer.