Luke Bryan grew up in the small town of Leesburg, Ga. After his parents bought him an Alvarez guitar at 15, his father would take him down to a nearby club, where he shared guitar licks and lead vocals with other local musicians.
Encouraged by everyone who heard him play, Bryan planned to move to Nashville after high school. Unfortunately, on the very day he was to leave town, Bryan’s brother—his biggest fan, was tragically killed in an automobile accident.
Bryan postponed his move to Nashville, but continued to devote himself to music, finding escape and emotional release in its songs. He eventually recorded an album of 10 songs, nine of which he wrote. After graduating from Georgia Southern University, he went to work for his father's business. Bryan loved the work, but his father knew his heart was in his music. It was his dad who convinced him to quit the job and move to Music City.
His debut single "All My Friends Say," from I'll Stay Me, was released in 2007, just as country music artist Billy Currington was climbing the charts with "Good Directions," which Bryan co-wrote.
He certaintly kept writing and recording while releasing his second album Doin' My Thing in 2009, and Tailgates & Tanlines in 2011. Luke co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks, one of which was certified Gold in June 2011 for 500,000 digital downloads ("Country Girl Shake It For Me"). Also included in this album are "Drunk On You," Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," "You Don't Know Jack," and more.
Tailgates And Tanlines