Bryan is a country boy at heart, and always has been. Growing up in Leesburg, Georgia, he looked up to many southern country artists including Texas-born Strait.
In this behind-the-scenes interview with Rolling Stone, Luke talks about his career milestones, hardships, and his critics. He also takes a couple lucky fans through his Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum and they find a picture of young Luke wearing a blue button down shirt with a cowboy hat.
"That was me in my George Strait years," he says. "Everybody dressed like George Strait"
When the fans asked if he's ever met the King of Country, Bryan responded without skipping a beat. "Yes. Unbelievable. He is a Godlike creature when you meet him."
In this clip, we learn that one of the hardest things he had to do was fight for his song "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)". His record label did not want him to record it and he put his foot down. He told them that he felt the song, "was fun, this was the type of record I wanted to have out. I knew that when people heard (the song), they were going to have a blast."
The often labeled "bro-country" singer looks up to Strait in another way besides his fashion sense.
"I want to have songs that my fans can count on. I think that was so amazing about a George Strait type of career. When you bought a George Strait album, you knew you had some stuff on there that you could truly count on. I want to do that with fans too."
Bryan wants to leave a legacy his fans will be proud of and is definitely on his way to doing just that.