Luke Bryan on the Concerts That Changed Everything

Reba, Travis Tritt, Marty Stuart Provided Early Inspiration

Everyone has one. That one concert that made you either think, “I love live music” or ” I am going to making a living at this.”

Luke Bryan was obviously thinking the latter when he was growing up in Georgia and Reba would come through his town.

“Well, Reba used to come to my hometown quite a bit, and she defined what a live show should be,” Bryan told Hits Daily Double. “She was really amazing. My town was so small. Reba was one that sticks out.”

He added Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart to his short list, though, because they’d come through his town back in the day, too.

“But I just always tried to dream as big as I could, and certainly, when I lived in Nashville, I tried to make my shows something spectacular for the fans to enjoy,” he said of how he’s taken what he’s learned and built his own shows around that.

But he also admits in the interview that he didn’t automatically relate to every single older country artist and some of their outlaw ways.

“I think that people who want Merle, Willie and Waylon just need to buy Merle, Willie and Waylon,” he said. “I’ve never been a ’those were the good old days’ kind of guy. I’m not big on looking back on the past.

“I’m not an outlaw country singer. … So I’m not going to sing outlaw country. I like to hunt, fish, ride around on my farm, build a big bonfire and drink some beers — and that’s what I sing about. It’s what I know.”

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