Country's Luke Bryan takes fans home on "Tailgates"

Tue Aug 9, 2011 6:32pm EDT
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Country singer Luke Bryan admits he enjoys being a goof and a cut up. Much of his music shows the fun side of Bryan, and his latest album, "Tailgates and Tanlines," is no exception as he returns to fond memories of growing up in Georgia.

"Tailgates" landed in record stores and on music websites on Tuesday with "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" sitting at No. 7 on Billboard's country music song chart, and the award-winner Bryan told Reuters that his fans should be hearing plenty more of the songs as the radio-friendly CD begins its roll-out.

"It has country songs on it, songs that reference how I grew up in Georgia and then songs that are no doubt radio songs. So there's a little bit of everything, and I'm ready to get it out there to see what people think about it."

Bryan is the rare singer/songwriter whose talent seemed evident when he arrived on Nashville's country scene a decade ago. He was signed as a songwriter within months and landed a recording deal a few years later with Capitol Nashville.

Ironically, his first No. 1 was not his recording, but the "Good Directions" smash hit sung by Billy Currington, a tune Bryan co-write with Rachel Thibodeaux.

That song reached radio shortly before Bryan released his 2007 debut single, "All My Friends Say," about the consequences of seeing one's former love while out on the town.

From that tune on, Bryan's slow southern drawl and easy smile earned him numerous fans who like his good-timin' songs.

RISIN' UP THE CHARTS   Continued...