OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan’s Musical Do’s & Don’ts

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Luke Bryan would love to never sing “Sweet Home Alabama” again. In People’s recent country issue, he said he’s been covering the song for 20 years. (No offense to Lynyrd Skynyrd, the original artist, or to Neil Young, who is mentioned in a disparaging way in the song.) Bryan also says, “I don’t care what anybody says” about his love for Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” which he likes to sing in his car. Bryan also lists the song currently in his head (Taylor Swift’s “Mean” ), the first album he ever bought (Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and his dream duet partner (Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles). And then when the magazine asks him what song would be the soundtrack to his life, he says, “’Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound.” He adds, “Well, no, not the hell-bound part. That’s a little scary. Make it ’A Country Boy Can Survive.'” Am I the only one who’s thrilled he didn’t pick “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” as his life’s soundtrack?

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.