Luke Bryan is a superstar in the making, and the career growth from his first to his second to his third studio album, “tailgates & tanlines,” is proof.
Not a flash-in-the-pan, overnight sensation, the Georgia native who burst onto the scene in 2007 has built his career from the ground up, and says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“My path is exactly where I want it to be,” he said. “I’m doing my thing. I’m getting better with every album.”
CMT on Tour will bring Bryan to Johnson City’s Freedom Hall Civic Center on Thursday, Oct. 13, with special guests Lee Brice, Josh Thompson and Matt Mason. Show time is 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $34.50 and $39.50.
The son of a peanut farmer, Bryan knows patience and determination are key elements when it comes to a successful crop — or career — and he’s dedicated to growth.
His first album, “I’ll Stay Me,” produced the Top 10 hits “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” while his sophomore effort, “Doin’ My Thing,” found the singer-songwriter scoring three straight No. 1 singles — “Do I,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby” and “Rain Is A Good Thing.”
Bryan’s momentum shows no signs of slowing. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” the lead single from his much-anticipated third album, ranks as the fastestrising single of his career.
When Bryan scored his first solo performance slot on the 2011 CMT Music Awards, he made the most of it, receiving a standing ovation for his over-the-top performance of “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” not only from the fans, but also from his artist peers.
“When you get performance slots for award shows, that’s a big deal for me,” Bryan said.
He’s equally excited about headlining the 10th annual CMT on Tour, which has an impressive list of alumni, including Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban.
“It’s almost like you’re getting a stamp of approval to go to the next level,” he said. “All those artists that were a part of the CMT Tour have crossed over into a larger level of artists.”
His tours with superstars Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Jason Aldean, as well as his own annual Farm Tour, which offers a student from a local farming family a college scholarship, showcase a stage mastery built working the college and club circuit.
Bryan’s fan-voted wins as Academy of Country Music Top New Male and Top New Artist, as well as his score as USA Weekend Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the CMT Music Awards were a “huge validation,” Bryan said.
“Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” with its infectious chorus and back beat, represents another step forward for the strapping star. Co-written by Bryan and Dallas Davidson — the pair also penned “Rain Is A Good Thing” — “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” sets the tone for, but doesn’t define, “tailgates & tanlines.”
Bryan says his latest album — a 13-song collection, of which he co-wrote eight — represents real life.
“I’m really proud that I’ve got some meatier things on this album,” Bryan said, adding that he’s reached the balance between hell-raisers and heartbreakers. “Nothing is more frustrating to me than putting a song on an album and regret putting it on there. I’m excited that there are no songs on ‘tailgates & tanlines’ that I’m iffy about.”
While superstardom is knocking on his door, Bryan says he will answer when he’s ready.
“I have never wanted to grow fast in this business,” he said. “I have always wanted to take my time, make it happen and be smart about it, and I’ve been lucky — all that stuff is happening.”