I think that people who want Merle, Willie and Waylon just need to buy Merle, Willie and Waylon. I’ve never been a “Those were the good old days” kind of guy. I’m not big on looking back on the past. I’m not an outlaw country singer. I don’t do cocaine and run around. So I’m not going to sing outlaw country. I like to hunt, fish, ride around on my farm, build a big bonfire and drink some beers—and that’s what I sing about. It’s what I know. I don’t know about laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs. I don’t really want to do that.
There’s plenty of room for people to like Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jason Aldean. We don’t all need to be the same. Sam Hunt is a different kind of country artist; he has his crowd, just like Eric and Jason do.
I think it’s a part of the whole evolutionary process of music and how the stereotypes all come down. People’s playlists have country, rock, rap, everything—it’s just about whether they like the song or not.
Some people get bent out of shape about where country music may or may not be heading. I just try to go with my gut and use my instinct on stuff I like. When I sing something, it’s going to be pretty dadgum country just by the way I sing.
So there ya have it folks… Its country as long as it’s sung with southern drawl.
Apparently, Luke got some pretty negative feedback because the singer took to Twitter to defend himself.
Hey guys I’ve been thinking about this all day, every now and then I feel I need to defend myself in this business. I did a great interview with many topics discussed. It’s so frustrating that something negative has spun out of the story. I would never speak against any artist. It’s not my style. I consider Willie, Waylon and Merle musical heroes. I was trying to state what I was about and where I come from with my music. It’s simple as that.
I KNOW Luke is a good guy. I’m sure that people got their undies in a wad over his comments, but it’s also a lesson in choosing your words carefully. What do you think of Luke’s comments?