Luke Bryan: A Decade Since “Friends”

I Called This 10 Years Ago

I wonder if Luke Bryan is reflecting on his career right now like I am.

It’s been a exactly 10 years since Bryan released his very first single — “All My Friends Say” –and yet it somehow seems like yesterday that I heard that song and thought, “I bet this guy’s going to sell out arenas and host the Academy of Country Music Awards someday soon.”

Well, maybe I didn’t predict things quite that precisely. But I do remember thinking he had something that most of the other rookies did not.

For one, twang. It seemed like 2007 was right around the time that a lot of artists were outgrowing theirs, so I was glad to hear a singer who was clinging to his Southern roots, drawl and all.

Something else Bryan had that made him stand out was that his first video felt like his 100th. He was a natural in front of the camera. The “All My Friend Say” video was shot on the front lawn of the fictitious Theta Delta house at the University of Georgia in Athens — actually the real Theta Chi house — and I’ve always loved how convincing Bryan seemed as the fraternity’s hired entertainment.

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