Nashville newcomer Elvie Shane’s “My Boy” got me crying, and it’s not even a sad song, rather, it’s heartwarming, tender, and Country to its core:

He ain’t my blood, ain’t got my name
But if he did, I’d feel the same

Yeah, he’s my son and that’s my choice
He ain’t my blood but he’s my boy

Country music has its share of songs about parents and parenting–single moms, drunken dads— but this one is about a loving, caring step-parent, and it’s as poignant and moving as Brad Paisley’s 2000 breakout hit,  “He Didn’t Have to Be,” also about a loving step-dad.

Elvie Shane:  Born and raised in Kentucky;  co-wrote “My Boy,” and dedicated it to his 14-year-old stepson, Caleb.

“My Boy” ranks #34 on this week’s Country music chart.