Inside Fame: Lady Antebellum Premieres Saturday on CMT

Dave Haywood Talks About Writing Songs With Luke Bryan

Sure, he may be the new CMA entertainer of the year , but don’t expect Luke Bryan to ever get above his raising or his humble roots. Just ask Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood, who can tell you first-hand that when it comes to Bryan, what you see is truly what you get.

That was one of the revelations in Inside Fame: Lady Antebellum , the new episode of CMT’s series premiering Saturday (Nov. 8) at 8 p.m. ET.

Haywood recalls the day he and bandmate Charles Kelley got a real glimpse into Bryan’s world when they trekked out to his Nashville home to write a song with him.

“He was like, ‘I’ve got this thing started. I just don’t know if I should finish it. … I don’t think it’s that good,'” Haywood recalls. “And he started singing the verse of ‘Do I,’ and we were like, ‘Oh, my gosh! That’s really good. We need to write that and finish that.'”

Finish it, they did, and “Do I” became a huge hit. Even Lady A’s Hillary Scott got in on the action, providing backing vocals on Bryan’s recording.

It was a memorable experience for Haywood, not only because it meant shared success with a great artist but also an artist who remains a close friend.

“He’s so country, and I love just being able to interact with him,” Haywood said. “It was like one of those cool stories I feel like I’ll get to tell my kids.”

And when Haywood says Bryan is “country,” he’s not kidding around.

“I mean, we’re in the middle of writing, and he gets a phone call about his fishing trip the next day,” Haywood said. “I was like, ‘Man, you’re really country … like really a redneck, like truly a redneck. And he was, like, ‘Man, I know!'”

Bryan isn’t the only country superstar who writes with members of Lady A. During the Inside Fame episode, Scott also talks about writing with one of her best pals, Miranda Lambert.