Newcomer Chris Janson's "Buy Me a Boat” is a laid-back, humorous lament about his lack of cash and the practical notion that while we all know it can’t buy true happiness, it can buy a pontoon. The video features Janson crooning along in his extra-deep register and strumming on an acoustic from a makeshift stage (a YETI cooler).

Surrounded by friends who share the same sentiment, Janson explains that money can, of course, change how people see you (in his case, “redneck” and “blue collar”), and would that be such a bad thing?

A TV star makes a cameo, too — Chip Esten, who plays Deacon on the Music-City-based drama Nashville, floats by in a canoe and exchanges a hat tip with Janson. By the end of the "Buy Me a Boat" video, we realize Janson has been afloat all along. Seems he got his boat, after all!

“Buy Me a Boat” is the first single off Janson's upcoming album, about which details have yet to be released. The song, with its classic country feel plus a 21st century flair, is his biggest hit thus far and shows great promise for the singer-songwriter, who has been bubbling under the surface for years, penning songs for artists like Tim McGraw (“Truck Yeah”) and Justin Moore (“Off the Beaten Path”).

Janson performed on the Grand Ole Opry on July 3 and has been on the road with recently-inducted Songwriters Hall of Famer Toby Keith this summer.

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