Luke Bryan Might Kick the Hunting and Fishing Songs for Good
Luke Bryan loves his Georgia roots, and he'll never apologize for the songs he's released, because he has lived the life he sings about. But after years of singing about his days hunting and fishing, even he admits it might be time to pump the brakes.
Bryan tells Billboard that he's done singing about these subjects — well, probably.
“You have to have a nucleus of your image. Singing about trucks and back roads and fishing, that was a nucleus, because that’s what I knew," he explains. "'Keep it simple, stupid’ — that’s a thing me and my producer [Jeff Stevens] say a lot. I’m wired to write simple stuff that people can understand and relate to."
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But with bro-country dead and buried, Bryan is looking to dig deeper into the heart of country music.
"I know that there are more layers to describing the country way of life than a pickup truck and fishing," he says. "When I’m in a songwriting session with one of my songwriter buddies who’s going down the back-road path, can I sing a song about hunting and fishing ever again?"
Bryan's had massive success with songs like "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day," which topped the country charts in 2016 and is still a staple in his live show. Most important to him, his fans love it. So while Bryan says he has "enough intelligence to know I have to move the needle from singing about trucks and back roads and fishing," he admits that he isn't totally forsaking that subject matter. When asked if he'll ever put out another "Huntin', Fishin'," Bryan says "probably not."
"If the right kind of song comes along that you know fans will go apesh-- over, I have to search myself and ask, ‘Is it OK to do this again?'" he confesses. He's a man who serves his fanbase, and that has worked well for him so far. His already rabid base — especially those who have followed the now-superstar since his Georgia bar days — went crazy for 2011's "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)." It's also a song that had modern country haters up in arms — a song that made Bryan the father of bro-country.
"When I put that song out, I knew what it was. It was lighthearted fun. If you can’t appreciate the fun of that song, then I’m not your artist. Pick. Another. Artist," he admits. "When I started singing about stuff like that, a lot of people saw that it worked, so they incorporated it. Then sometimes things get beat to death, and then it’s time to move on."
So move on he will.