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Born in Georgia to a peanut farmer and his wife, you could say that Luke Bryan is about as country as it gets. Since 2014, Bryan has honored his rural upbringing by hosting his annual Farm Tour, which inspired his 2016 EP Farm Tour…Here’s to the Farmer.
But despite Bryan’s upbringing, he constantly comes under fire by country music fans for not being “country” enough. These critics cite Bryan’s music, his tight jeans, his baseball caps, and a whole host of other characteristics as examples of what disqualify him from being “country.”
After years of hearing the same insults hurled his way, Bryan finally has a message for his haters. That message takes form in his unreleased song “What Makes You Country,” which aims to silence his critics once and for all.
The song is personal to Bryan, as he co-wrote it along with Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley. He previewed the song during a VIP event prior to one of his concerts on his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour.
Bryan opened his performance by telling the small crowd that he has been hard at work in the studio and that he plans to have a new album out before the end of 2017. He didn’t say if “What Makes You Country” will be on that album, but we sure hope it is!
As Bryan explains in the song, “country” isn’t defined by where you live, what you wear, or what you do for fun. This sentiment is best captured in one of the song’s early lines, as he sings:
“You can be a cowboy on the Texas plain, or a plowboy waitin’ on the rain. We’re all a little different but we’re all the same. Everybody doin’ their own thing.”
Bryan goes on to explore his own upbringing in the song, and how that’s what made him “country.” You can listen to the song in its entirety when you watch Bryan perform it in the video below.
What do y’all think of “What Makes You Country?” Let us know in the comments!