British artists may have reinvented rock music in the ’60s, but the U.K. never really got around to touching the country genre. Both the twang and the iconography (blue jeans, tractors, whiskey) of country music remains strictly American. James Corden attempted to fix that on Thursday by recruiting Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, who will host the American Country Music Awards on Sunday, to create a British country song.
The hilarious result, “Honky Tonk in the U.K.” involved the musicians dressing like Sherlock Holmes and a Queen’s Guard, while Corden decked himself in full Hamilton-style King George regalia. The lyrics evoked classic British tropes: “Eat fish and chips and bangers and mash / Check out of work, watch a football match.” A little Harry Potter head even bounced at the bottom of the screen to help viewers follow the lyrics. At one point, Corden stopped the song to complain about stereotyping, but Bentley and Bryan assured him they found it all by googling “British stuff” and that it would be a hit song, “trust us.”
Watch the clip below.