Luke Bryan revealed his dad’s reaction to his new single, “Country On.” Bryan shared what his dad thought of the song during a recent episode (Jul. 8) of Superstar Power Hour with Audacy’s Katie Neal.
Bryan said that his dad told him he “hit all the categories” with his latest single.
“I played it for my dad and he was like, ‘Yeah boy, you hit all the categories with that one!,’” Bryan told Neal during their conversation. In addition to revealing his dad’s reaction, Bryan also shared what the song means to him.
“When you think about the term ‘Country On,’ it’s a statement that says a lot in those two words,” Bryan explained. “From the first time I heard the first lyric, ‘Hey farm boy, keep dropping that plow,’ it really hit me. The song covers so many aspects of country living, and country life — from hard work to the American dream, to being optimistic about the future of the country and how we all must ‘Country On’ to really be one. It’s got patriotism in it, it’s got honoring people that keep us free and people that keep us safe and look after us. I think that’s something the Country music crowd is always very, very appreciative of because so many in Country music are those people.”
“Then when you listen to the last chorus talking about [how] Nashville keeps uplifting songwriters, and how the Nashville dream, moving to Nashville and writing a song, to following your dreams as a songwriter, [that] is a big part of the song too,” he added.
Bryan released his latest single on Jul. 1. The song became the most-added song at country radio the following week, with 91 country stations adding it to their rotation, according to Country Aircheck. In addition, the song debuted at the No. 21 and No. 32 spots on the Billboard Airplay and Mediabase charts, respectively.
The song is a follow-up to Bryan’s previous single, “Up,” and like its predecessor, is also reflective of what it means to be “raised up right.”
For Bryan, being “raised up right” includes respect and humility.
“Being raised up right is having your parents stay on ya, teach you respect and humility and being a gentleman,” Bryan told UMG Nashville. “Like I said, being raised up right is just respect for others, being humble, having a good heart and just being kind to everybody you come in contact with.”
Bryan is currently on the road performing on his Raised Up Right Tour. Besides his current tour dates, he’ll play the Ottawa Blues Festival Thursday (Jul. 14) as well as WeFest 2022 and TidalWave Festival later this summer.