Hear the song we couldn't play on the radio.

Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys opening for Craig Morgan
Photo: Bobby Guy
  • Where: Kalamazoo Ribfest, Arcadia Creek Festival Place, downtown Kalamazoo
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, August 8
  • How Much: Free every day before 4 pm
  • $10 every day after 4 pm
  • Children 12 and under (with an adult) are always free of charge


    Gunnar, minus the Grizzly Boys was in our Kalamazoo Country studios to promote the band's Kalamazoo Ribfest appearance and play some songs for us.

    "Standard American" is not a standard Country song. Sure it has many of the same components, but it is more Hank than Luke. "Standard American" is more Colt Ford than Florida Georgia Line and has more in common with outlaw country than today's country.

    Gunnar says it's a song about workin' folk. It is about you; it is about me.

    You can call me a redneck, call me a hick
    Say I'm a drunk, messed up just a bit
    But the flag I fly's got the stars and stripes
    Test my freedom, I'll be down for a fight
    We're the backbone, blue collar
    Working, trying to earn a dollar
    Hurt somebody, feeds our kids
    Standard American...