What would country music be without Luke Bryan and his dance movies? With countless hits including "Crash My Party," "Drunk On You" and "Play It Again" Bryan has become a household name and country fan favorite.
1. He's a fan of tattoos
According to Jason Aldean, the country singer has his wife Caroline's initials tattooed on his rear end, and he showed him one time on the road.
2. He was a high school theater kid
Before he was a worldwide sensation, the country artist played Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun. I wonder if his old theater teacher feels partially responsible for all of his success?
3. He grew up on a farm
But not just any farm. Bryan's parents LeClaire and Tommy Bryan owned a peanut farm where his father worked a peanut farmer. Hence why his fan club is called "The Nut House."
4. His real name isn't Luke
It's Thomas Luther Bryan. Luke definitely rolls off the tongue a bit better than Luther.
5. He's had over 20 No. 1 hit songs
He was also CMA Entertainer of the Year two years running in 2014 and 2015.
6. He's a dad
His sons Tate and Bo are the lights of his life, and the singer frequently talks about how important family is to him. Following the tragic death of his sister Kelly and her husband Ben Lee Cheshire a few years later, Bryan and his wife also took in their three children.
6. He battles nerves before performances
In case you thought that country superstars don't get nervous, guess again. Bryan frequently fights and anxiety and nerves before big shows but loves the adrenaline it gives him. It seems to work for him because he's an incredible live performer.
7. His name is on the welcome sign for Leesburg, Georgia
This tiny town is also the home of American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.
8. His Nashville career started as a writer
Before signing with Capitol Nashville, he was writing songs for country stars Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Eventually, he was able to get his own record deal, and it's been all uphill since his first single from debut album I'll Stay Me, "All My Friends Say."
9. Country wasn't his first musical inspiration
The first album he ever purchased was actually Michael Jackson's Thriller. That could explain all those impressive dance moves!
10. He postponed pursuing his music career after a family tragedy
His older brother Chris was killed in a car accident when Bryan was 19, right before he was planning to pursue music in Nashville. He didn't feel like he was in a position to leave his parents following that tragedy so he waited to chase his dreams until after college.
11. He went to Georgia Southern University
Though now he's an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan, Bryan actually attended Georgia Southern where he earned a Bachelor's degree in business administration. The "Rain is a Good Thing" singer was also a member of the fraternity Sigma Chi.
12. He married his college sweetheart
Bryan met his future wife at a local bar when he was a senior and she was a freshman. Caroline Boyer Bryan has been his wife since December 8, 2006, and the pair couldn't be cuter.
13. He LOVES fishing
In case "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" wasn't proof enough, Bryan loves fishing and the great outdoors. It's one of his favorite ways to unwind after a tour. The singer told CMT he'd caught some seriously big fish.
"I'm still on my quest for a 10-pound bass. I have never caught a 10-pound bass, but it's going to happen. The biggest fish I've ever caught was like probably a 100-pound sailfish. And I've caught some big grouper. I caught a 300-pound nurse shark one time. I've caught a lot of fish, but I plan on do some marlin fishing one day."
This article was originally published in 2019. It was updated on April 17, 2021.
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