If I hadn’t known that Gwyneth Paltrow was the person singing “Country Strong,” I’d never have guessed. She sings her new single like she was born and raised in Nashville. That’s good news for Paltrow’s upcoming film of the same name, in which she plays a country singer whose career has seen better days. Based on “Country Strong,” which was serviced to radio today, she seems to have the accent and delivery down pat.

Other than that, it’s a well-sanded country-pop construction. “‘Cause I’m country strong,” Paltrow cries out over slick wall-of-fiddles production, “hard to break, like the ground I grew up on.” Those feel like the kind of empowering lyrics that could connect with listeners. Vince Gill and Patty Griffin sing backup, providing some extra country cred.

Check out “Country Strong” at The Boot and let us know what you think of Paltrow’s singing. Country Strong, which co-stars Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester, hits theaters Dec. 22. Are you looking forward to it?

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