Luke Bryan has made a public response to criticism over his recent comments about some legendary “outlaw country” artists.
“I’m not an outlaw country singer,” Bryan was quoted saying in a recent Hits Daily Double interview. “I don’t do cocaine and run around. 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. I don’t know about laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs. I don’t really want to do that. There’s plenty of room for people to like Luke Eric Church, Jason Aldean. We don’t all need to be the same. Sam Hunt is a different kind of country artist; he has his crowd, just like Eric and Jason do.”
The controversial comments about classic outlaw artists like Waylon Jennings, who publicly battled issues with cocaine during the 70s, quickly drew a lot of anger from fans and critics alike. On July 10, Bryan clarified his statements with a stream of tweets on Twitter.
“Hey guys I’ve been thinking about this all day, every now and then I feel I need to defend myself in this business,” Bryan tweeted. “I did a great interview with many topics discussed. It’s so frustrating that something negative has spun out of the story. I would never speak against any artist. It’s not my style. I consider Willie, Waylon, and Merle musical heroes. I was trying to state what I was about and where I come from with my music. It’s as simple as that.”
So far, his statements have received an overall warm response from fans. Still, some are making it clear they don’t support Bryan’s type of country music or his viewpoints on the genre itself. Fellow Georgia artist Levi Lowrey posted a blunt message addressed to Luke on Facebook, saying “‘Laying in the gutter’ might be just what the doctor ordered. I feel that it would do you some good. You may be able to write a decent song after a stint in the real world.” Bryan has not responded to Lowrey’s comments.
Luke Bryan’s fifth studio album, Kill the Lights, will be released Aug. 7. He’s currently out on the road with his Kick the Dust Up Tour, which will hit arenas and stadiums through October.