Every year, Luke Bryan embarks on his Farm Tour, where he performs at various farms across the country and honors the hard-working people who run them. This year, Bryan went above and beyond to honor the American farmer even further.
On September 23, 2016, Bryan dropped a new EP, called Farm Tour...Here's to the Farmer. The five-track collection contains songs with a variety of styles, all of which pay tribute to farmers and the rural lifestyle.
It doesn't get any more country than recording an album full of farm songs, but there's some who would disagree.
Bryan is no stranger to criticism from country fans, who often state that his music has too much of a pop influence to be considered "real" country. Others feel that he only releases feel good party songs and nothing with real depth that speaks to true country folks.
During an interview about his Farm Tour with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Bryan was asked what he would say to those who call his music "inauthentic." He said that everyone should know his songs always come from a real place, since he grew up in the country and came from a farming background:
"I personally think that country music is one of the most authentic genres of music. The songwriters in this town are known for their quality of work and passion. A country song is often the most visual of all. I think being from Georgia and an agriculture background allows me to pull from those life experiences. That is what I know and what I write about."
It's those experiences that Bryan wrote about in one of the new songs on his EP, called "Here's to the Farmer." You can check out the music video for that song below.
What do you think of what Bryan had to say to people who criticize his music?
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