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Episode 21 · 9 months ago

Luke Bryan

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More than just a Country music legend, Luke Bryan has spent the last twenty years of his career becoming a household name. Known for his titles as a philanthropist, restaurant owner, music label executive, American Idol judge and of course, his relatable discography, Luke Bryan is more than happy to do a deep dive beyond his music. 

In our Season 2 premiere, Luke spouts off on personal Huntin’ ‘n Fishin’ tips, his passion for biking and perhaps most casually, his newfound ability to fly a helicopter. 

Kick the dust up from a town of just 3000 people to playing stadiums that hold 20 times. That Luke Bryan is the definition of an artist making it against all eyes. Born and raised in leesburg Georgia, thomas, Luther brian and his family of peanut farmers always had a love for country music And despite no one in the family actually playing an instrument, Luke took it upon himself to pick up a guitar at 14. After just one year, he had already lined up his first bar gig and by 19 was set to move to Nashville to pursue a career in country music girl girl in November of 1996. Just before he was set to move, those plans changed when his older brother, Chris Brian was tragically killed in a car accident, respecting his mother's wishes to stay close to home, Luke delayed his Nashville dreams and attended Georgia Southern University. Six years after his original departure day luke finally arrived in Nashville Tennessee and it didn't take long for his talent as a songwriter to be noticed, He quickly joined a publishing house where he pinned the title track for Travis tritt album, Honky tonk History. That success led him to co writing a song that would change looks life as a musician forever. Thank God. Good direction to billy Currington is good directions with Skyrocket to the top of the country charts and lead to luke signing with capital Nashville, where he would co write his first debut single. All my friends say, would land him an invite to the Grand Ole Opry and as anyone in country knows if you can make it at the Opry, you can make it anywhere...

...in May of 2000 and seven. Just days after his Opry appearance, luke, bryan experienced tragedy yet again with the unexpected loss of his sister kelly. The combined heartbreak of losing his only siblings would eventually lead to the inspiration and dedication of his single, drink a beer On a memorial song that would reach the # one spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart on February 15, 2014 and drink a big. Now, 20 years after his Nashville arrival, luke bryan has become more than just a country music legend, but a household name known for his work as a philanthropist, restaurant owner, music label executive judge on american idol and a discography of honesty, relatability and most notably celebration 123123 will be my name is brew. This is the spout podcast where famous people spout off for more than what they're famous for and today that's luke bryan will be gone. I want to hype you up a little bit so get ready for it, luke bryan, Thanks for having me. I mean any time people um start rambling off, kind of some of the stats that, you know, while you're in the middle of this, you don't realize you're, you're building up all these stats and every time you hear them, you're like, wow, what an amazing, What an amazing situation. So it's, it's uh any time I hear that, yeah, it's hard to wrap your head around 15 billion. So crazy. And then 12 million albums sold. Like, thinking back to the early part of your career, can you even imagine, Like knowing that info that you're gonna sell 12 million albums? I mean, yeah, that's the thing, you're just, you're in there, you're making albums, you're doing, you're doing...

...everything you can to be relevant and try to make it, and all of a sudden things start happening for you. So all I ever wanted to do was just enjoy being on stage, enjoying making music, and gosh, I mean, I've I've truly enjoyed every, every second of this in every aspect and still still am. I mean, now that I'm back out on the road, it certainly feels amazing. I think that is like The secret. You still love it, you gotta love it, you're back on stage performing. How's that feel? You have to shake the rust off, you know? I was pretty lucky. I mean, we we rolled back in um we rolled back in. Pretty pretty with a lot of fluid nous, I mean, it really wasn't. It's kind of like kind of like getting back on a bicycle and let that happen. So, we um we we did a couple shows in june, which kind of got me warmed up and then we really started hitting it hard in mid july, and everything's been amazing. The crowds have been great. Uh life's been good. No, mishaps, son. No, like I forgot to turn the mic on, forgot my boots, forgot my guitar. Yeah, we we well we rehearsed, you know, my band really, really rehearsed uh quite a bit, you know, the main thing for me was songs that I was um that had been a few years since I've done um just going back and polishing up some of the lyrics. I mean, not making sure you don't forget the lyrics and I really hadn't dealt with any of that, so I'm really blessed to be remembering all the lyrics. Absolutely. Well, it's so good getting to talk to you man, you're one of my favorite artists to interview. It's been a while. What's this last year been like for you? Well, it was a great year. I mean, obviously, you know, I spent a big part of the year really, really concerned about obviously the world. Um I was concerned certainly about um...

...the music business and all forms of entertainment business. I mean you know it was a certainly a big big blow. Two, a lot of people out there that work in entertainment when they when they can't go to work so with me um I just try to enjoy my family be home, sleep in my bed every night and really really um I mean it was kind of like a little bit of a sample of retirement for me one day and uh but thank God you know I had american idol and um I had american idol and you know, so I stayed busy with american idol. I mean I had a pretty busy kind of pandemic. I mean I was putting records out and and doing a lot of stuff but but it was certainly nice to be home a lot and um and like I said, you know I was just spent a lot of time really certainly worrying about um how how how long this stuff would go on and certainly all the challenges that were that were that were happening during the certainly during the critical months of the pandemic. What? Hey friends, it's brew. I want to share something that could be life changing. Is there something you think that's preventing you from achieving your goals or maybe your full potential happiness if so, should definitely check out better help dot com slash spout. Better help. That's better. H E L. P. Better help. We'll look into what areas you think you need help with in life. This isn't like a crisis line or self help. It's professional counselling done securely online, you can talk to a professional anytime and start communicating in under 48 hours. These are professionals who care that are specialized in depression, stress anxiety, any of those things weighing on you sometimes having someone just to talk to is all the difference in the world. I want you to start living a happier life today and as a listener will get 10% off your first month by...

...visiting our sponsor. Better help dot com slash spout. Again, that's better help. H E L P dot com slash spout, join over a million people who have taken charge of their mental health again. That's better help. H E L P dot com slash spout. It seems like it for you. It never slowed down during the pandemic. There's so many projects in the works and you really are so multitalented. I'd love to talk about american idol. But you mentioned retirement. is that something you think about? Like you got a date in mind that you want to leave on top or what? Well, I mean, no, I don't, I don't, yeah, I don't think I'll ever, you know, it be, I don't think I'll ever necessarily retire, you know, I think I'll always, you know, I'll have little kind of decompression phases, you know, where I slow down to kind of take a breath, try to um you know, go travel a little bit and spend some, you know, as my boys, as my Children get older and their sports are really, really, you know, that's the main thing trying to be there for sporting events and certainly their high school years, but I'll always, I mean I love, I love waking up and getting busy and getting going and and working hard and, and um so yeah, I mean that's the thing about me, I mean I'm I'm pretty, I'm kind of a busy body and I love to play and I love to go hunting fish and and be in the woods and stuff like that. But then when it's time to get back to work, I get a little antsy to. So, so I love, I love, I love Put my boots on every day and going to work during this period of 2019-2021 where there was a little bit of extra time. Maybe not a ton for you. Were you writing a lot? Did you have any creative block or how is that process? No, I wrote a, you know, I wrote a little bit. I mean, I would say that that um, you know, I'm not like frantically writing anymore. You know,...

I like, I like to really try to wait on great song ideas and then try to write and and try to write smart, you know, not, I mean, there were times in my career I was writing three or four songs a day, five days a week, and a lot of those moments are what got me to certainly other levels. But now, you know, when I get back really in the songwriting mode, I'll try to write two songs a week, two or three songs a week, and really um start kind of focusing focusing on what I need to put an album together. I mean, the main thing when you're building the album, you gotta go cut a few songs and start um getting a sense of where the album is going, and then you can start writing writing to kind of fill the gaps and you may, you know, you may cut, You know, seven or 8 songs and you're like, Oh, I'm missing, I'm missing this type of song. And then you can go, right, kind of the song that you're kind of missing to kind of filling, fill in some holes. And during this downtime it was tough. I mean, not super tough, we did a lot of netflix and eating comfort foods, but you being on stage and having an active lifestyle. How did you, you know, get back in shape after that period? Well, I mean I always try to try to ride them. I've got a, I've been cycling the past six years now, so if I can get out and do like 100 miles a week, that's a, that's a great week for me riding the bike and then back out on the road, you know, I'm back, I got a trainer out, so once a day I get with him, You know, 45 minutes to an hour and um, so yeah, I mean I wouldn't say I'm in tip, I'm kind of, I'm in a weird place in my, I'm like more muscular and bigger than I've ever ever been. So I'd, I'd like to, I'd like to trim down a little bit, but, but you know, hey, you know, as long as I can have fun on stage and not be up there out of breath sucking wind, you know, and I hadn't really, I've...

...been in, I feel like I'm in pretty good shape right now. I'm getting a million dollar ideas while I'm listening to you. You need to get like a partnership with pellet on making the luke bryan trails are playing sunrise, sunburn, sunset repeat, just motivating while you ride the bike. You never know any new passions or hobbies that you developed. Well I learned how to fly a helicopter over Covid. It's a cool thing to add to the resume, luke bryan the pilot. Yeah, it was, it was pretty amazing. I met a met a retired um, Apache pilot and um, I kind of got into helicopters uh, flying, I would fly over to my duck hunting lease over around the Mississippi River so I would fly and then I was like, hey, you know, I'm, I'm never gonna really like be a helicopter pilot by myself, you know, but you know, while I was up there and You know, I put 50 or 60 hours in flying. So it's been really like, I flew, I flew from Nashville to Cincinnati today with my pilot and we, you know, I flew the whole way a couple of hours and uh, so that's been something that's really, really been enjoyable over the pandemic is just saying that, hey, I can fly a helicopter for sure, we'll do you have so many projects in the works. One of those is a five part documentary you got coming out highlighting the early part of your life and it looks like it dives deep. You have home videos going through the tragedies that you've endured. Is this scary opening up and something that, you know, personal? No, I feel like it's something people need to see. I mean scary is not the term, you know, I just feel like, you know, it's not, it's just the truth and it's just my life. And, and I think whether you know who I am or not as a viewer, I think people will be able to watch this and go, you know, wow, what, you know, this guy kind of navigated quite a few challenges and, and I feel like if we can inspire people to navigate their own challenges and and try to come out...

...on the other end, that that'll be, that'll be amazing success. Dude, that's not a good advice. Like I feel like people sometimes go through life, they'll pick a career path or something that they do, that they're not certainly, you know, happy about whether that's pressures of society or their parents. So it's really good to remember if you stay true to yourself. I mean, you can't go wrong, quote unquote luke Bryant. Hey, so back to be bragging about you being such a nice person. You got Katie barry's little baby daisy, a BB gun. Well, I haven't bought the gift yet. I just have them. I haven't been my brain, so it's gonna take a little time for me to compile the all the gifts. Uh yeah and then I heard a blake Shelton. Gwen stefani wedding gift is in the works. Can you share what that is? Probably one gift will be a taser. So Gwen can just taste blake, put him in the bed, love it. Then you can just like air drop it from your helicopter, a taser down to glenn luke. Thank you so much for spending some time with us today. This is the spout podcast and we appreciate you so much brother. Thanks buddy. See more of our conversation with luke bryan at spout, underscore podcast on I. G. And twitter Plus if you follow the spout podcast, you could win one of five luke bryan autographs, simply follow spout underscore podcast and check your DMS to see if you've won next week. Billie Eilish spouts off. It's a thing that we should all be able to do is say, you know, I'm gonna be honest with you, I don't I'm not, this isn't my thing, you know, even though I want to be, I want to do this because I want to be able to say that I'm capable of this, but I'm still learning still to come this season to the spout podcast, Addison Rae, lizzo, dixie d'Amelio nor mani and more be sure to listen to the spout podcast every thursday night at nine on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. The spout podcast is presented by Alpha Media, produced by...

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