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I don’t know for sure what Luke Bryan’s new album is going to be called, but I definitely know what it’s not going to be called — Blue Moon Stampede, which is the album title almost every single country music website has been reporting for the album due out in August. When I asked Bryan about it on Saturday (June 15) when he brought his Dirt Road Diaries tour through Chicago, he replied, “Are you serious?” Then he said, “No way. That’s ridiculous. I’m not calling it that.” But aside from all the misinformation on the title, I can tell you with certainty that the songs themselves are some of Bryan’s best yet.
“It’s the most well-rounded album I’ve ever done,” Bryan told me. “I think it’s twice as good as Tailgates & Tanlines because I was finally singing really, really good on this one. And we figured out a lot about how we want to record my voice, so I’m fired up about that.” He added that the new album has some very “Luke Bryan songs” on it, but that it is a good mix of those and newer sounds. “We’ve got songs that touch on farm life, and then some stuff that’s more contemporary sounding,” he said. “And then ’Crash My Party.’ The second I heard that one, I loved it. And I really feel like that thing could almost be a crossover deal.”