For Luke Bryan, “What Makes You Country” is more than just the title track of his latest album and likely the song that will be his next number one: it’s an anthem for folks just like him, who grew up in rural America.
“I love the song. It’s a statement song,” Luke says. “And I think people hear that and go, ‘Hell yeah! He’s speaking to me.'”
The Georgia-born son of a peanut farmer also views it as a reminder of his authenticity.
“It’s just about reassuring that I’m kinda stuck in my roots,” Luke explains. “And I mean, when I’m doing hunting shows and posting pictures of me and my boys — I mean, when I’ve got a seven-year-old that can throw a bait-caster halfway across a lake, hook a seven-pound bass, you know, that’s me being out there in the country with him teaching him how to do that. And that’s what I want my fans to see.”
Luke admits “What Makes You Country” is also a way to stand up to naysayers who’ve questioned whether he’s country enough.
“You know, if they hear that chorus — I got my dirt road cred when I was twelve, on a no-cab tractor hauling hay bales — which I did, and still do — and they still wanna call me not country, well, they’re just being ignorant,” he concludes.
This weekend, you can see how Luke is representing country music, as American Idol: A New Journey Beginspremieres Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on ABC, before the Oscars. The half-hour special previews the new season of Idol, which premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET.
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