Luke Bryan addresses “haters” on his new album.
Luke said, “I would be foolish to say that I don’t get frustrated with people picking me apart about not being country when I know I’m country, but I’m also smart enough to not put the same dated-sounding kind of country music out… I’ll put an album out that has all these Number Ones on that and people are like, ‘All you do is sing about trucks,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, I guess that’s what fans want to hear cause they keep showing up for it,’ but there’s a lot of people out there that just are gonna hate me no matter what. They just hate me cause I walk around smiling more than the average bear, so with ‘What Makes You Country’ if they hear that chorus — ‘I got my dirt road cred when I was 12 on a no cab tractor hauling hay bales,’ which I did and still do — and they still want to call me not country, well then they’re just being ignorant.”
Johnny Cash is getting a tribute album called Forever Words. It will feature musical versions of Jonny Cash’s poetry by Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Jamey Johnson and others. John Carter Cash is producing the album and said, “I picked the artists who are most connected with my father.” And he’s trying to do this project in a way his dad would have wanted. The album is out April 6.