Nashville trio the Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip) joined Luke Bryan to craft the lyrics of his latest single, ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End.’ The writing team penned by the tune along with the singer on a rare day off from the road.
“We were fortunate enough to get Luke to come in and write it with us,” Akins tells Taste of Country of the day the song was written. “He’s so busy that when he comes home, he really needs to spend time with his kids and wife. The song was Ben’s title, and Luke was the one who started playing that melody.”
“You got your hands up / You’re rocking in my truck / You got the radio on / You’re singing every song / I’m set on cruise control / I’m slowly losing hold / Of everything I got / You’re looking so damn hot / And I don’t know what road we’re on or where we’ve been / From staring at you / Girl, all I know is I don’t want this night to end,” they wrote in the lyrics of the chorus.
“A lot of the times we get artists we write with who don’t know what they want to say,” says Akins. “Luke knows. He’ll automatically tell you if it’s not for him or say it’s perfect for him.”
“And then he’ll come at us with a line,” adds Davidson.
“Girl, I know I don’t know you / But your pretty little eyes so blue / Are pulling me in / Like the moon on your skin / I’m so glad you trusted me, just slide up on this dusty seat / And let your hair down / And get outta town,” Bryan sings in the opening lyrics.
“Luke is just a great writer,” notes Hayslip. “That’s the best thing about writing with Luke.”
Bryan’s previous hit, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me),’ is a song that the singer co-wrote with Davidson. ‘I Don’t Want This Night to End’ is the second single off Bryan’s latest album, ‘Tailgates and Tanlines,’ which hit stores on August 9.