OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan’s Career Tips for Country Girls

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Luke Bryan has some advice for the country girls out there. And it has nothing to do with shaking it for him — or anyone, for that matter. Bryan recently talked with Entertainment Weekly about why it’s so much more difficult for women than men when it comes to making it big in country music. He doesn’t know why that’s the case. He just knows it is. As for the girls who do it right, Bryan says, “In my opinion, the girls that make it, man, they can wake up early at 5 a.m., throw a hat on, roll into a radio station, hang with the guys,” he said. “They kind of have to be able to hang with the guys but also be feminine and pretty, and it’s just a tough dynamic when you talk about that aspect.” So you have to be a girly girl who’s kind of a man’s man? That seems like kind of an impossible feat, but I know Bryan is right. He even talked about the irony of how most country fans are women and how hard it is to break through the glass ceiling installed in most country radio stations. “It feels like now is the toughest time ever for women, but I would imagine it’s always been pretty damn crummy,” Bryan said. “Overall in country, it’s a different deal because it’s tough for a girl to, at the age of 16, start hitting the honky-tonks.”

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