Luke Bryan has been going at full speed since winning Entertainer of the Year at April’s ACM Awards. He’s not only been busy headlining his Dirt Road Diaries Tour, he also released his new album, Crash My Party, last week. He recently sat down with the Huffington Post to talk about why country music is more popular than ever, its crossover success and the stereotypes that go along with it. Read our review of Crash My Party >>
“I think it’s always dictated by the fans, and kind of the fans drive, or what they’re loving,” he said. “I think there’s been somewhat of a change with our generation. You know, nobody grew up more countrier than me, but I mean, I had Beastie Boys playing on little boomboxes and Run–D.M.C. and all forms of music, so through the years, I just think it’s all constantly blending together.”
Luke agrees that some of today’s country songs sound ‘pop-y’ – to a point. “There’s always room for your hard-core country songs and that will always shine through and I’ll always have those on my albums,” he said. “And then I’ll have fun stuff that gets people up and dancing that some people may want to say, “Well that sounds real pop-y!” but I don’t really think it does, I just think it’s what’s going on.”
Luke also addressed typical country stereotypes. According to him, country fans aren’t “all checkerboard bandanas.” And stereotypes aren’t limited to just country music.
“I think every genre has stereotypes,” he said. “You assume a rock artist is a drug addict, you assume a country artist is rolled out from under the trailer. Those are just natural stereotypes. I think what’s so great about music is that people are really giving all genres now a fair start. Maybe the stereotypes are getting less and less prominent.”