Fans drawn in by Luke Bryan
's boyish, down-home charm soon discover what's behind it: an intelligent wit, an off-the-wall sense of humor and a unique take on life. They also soon discern that he is a talented triple threat vocalist, songwriter and musician.
Bryan had his first guitar by age 14, by age 16, he was regularly writing songs and leading his own band. His intention was to move to Nashville and pursue a music career after his high school graduation. Sadly, fate had other plans. The day he was scheduled to move, his older brother, Chris, was killed.
Bryan immediately scrapped his career plans, choosing instead to stay with his family. He continued to write and play music, and eventually enrolled at Georgia Southern University. It was there that Bryan's talents really blossomed.
Even before his first single, "All My Friends Say," had been sent to country radio, Bryan was earning significant media attention, including being named one of Billboard magazine's new faces to watch in 2007. At the same time, his second major cut as a songwriter—Billy Currington's "Good Directions"—was quickly climbing the country charts and eventually hit the top spot.
Bryan signed with Capitol Records Nashville in 2004 and released his debut album, I'll Stay Me
, in August of 2007.
["'We Rode in Trucks'] is probably the most representative of me as an artist because it talks about growing up in Georgia. We wrote the song probably about a month after I arrived in Nashville.
I wasn't sure if it would make the album, but I just woke up one night and said, 'If I do not put this song on the album, I wouldn't be able to call it my first album.'
We get so many compliments on the song, and what's neat is we'll do it in New York or Portland or anywhere we are, and people say 'Ah, that takes me back.' That's the best compliment in the world when you can get people from the big city to like such a rural type of song.""We Rode in Trucks" - Audio Stream
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