“A Little Cowboy Goes a Long Way”

Country Stars and Their Cowboy Barns

This is so not what I think of when I hear the word barn.

While I certainly never grew up with one, I did grow up listening to songs about them: making out in hay lofts, parking the John Deere and making sure the horses are fed. Those are the only barns I knew.

Until now. Now I know better.

In the August issue of Billboard, they devote a lot of space to these new kinds of spaces. Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Ronnie Dunn all have them, and I’m guessing they are just the start of a new barn-like buildings trend.

Bryan’s is a newly constructed barn on his Williamson County property outside of Nashville. It was inspired by the Blackberry Farm resort, and was built with antique lumber from Georgia, reclaimed cobblestone from South Carolina, an 18th-century Italian chandelier and Bryan’s hunting trophies.

Aldean’s has a man-cave theme with a full bar, shuffleboard and plenty of his beloved baseball memorabilia.

Dunn’s is a restored 16-stall horse stable with a kitchen, bar and recording studio, and finishing touches like an elk-horn chandelier and parchment buckskin lighting. “It’s a challenge not to get too kitschy,” Dunn said. “I learned the old phrase ‘a little cowboy goes a long way.’”

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