Luke Bryan and Bill Dance; Photo Courtesy of YouTube
Luke Bryan and Bill Dance; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

WATCH: Luke Bryan Honors His Hero “Bill Dance” In New Music Video Celebrating Dance’s 81st Birthday

Luke Bryan honored his hero “Bill Dance” in his just-released music video.

The five-time Entertainer Of The Year and avid outdoorsman shared the music video for his song “Bill Dance” on Thursday (Oct. 7), in celebration of Dance’s 81st Birthday. 

The video, shot at Bryan’s farm just outside of Nashville, opens with the “Up” singer’s sons Bo and Tate watching Dance on TV before the famous fisherman surprised the young boys with a knock on the cabin door and an invitation to go fishing with him. Bryan joined his sons and Dance on the fishing trip of a lifetime on Bryan’s lake.

In addition to Bo and Tate, the song’s three co-writers and Dance himself also appeared in the music video.

The clip was co-directed by Bryan, marking his directing debut, along with Michael Monaco of FlyHi Films who has now directed eighteen music videos for Luke since 2013. Monaco also directed and executively produced Bryan’s original five-part docuseries, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, which is available now on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service.

Watch the music video for “Bill Dance” below.

Co-written by Bryan alongside Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, “Bill Dance” is a track from the hitmaker’s No. 1 album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, which also features chart-topping hits such as “Waves,” “Down To One,” “One Margarita,” “Knockin’ Boots,” and “What She Wants Tonight.”

There is a lyric in the song, ‘There’s a lot of heroes out there these days, but if you ask me mine, there’s only one name I’ll say.’ That seems to sum up Luke’s adoration for the world-renowned angler as is evident throughout the video.

Dance is likely the most famous fishermen in the world who began competing and winning bass tournaments in the mid ’60s. That success led to a sponsorship deal with a lure manufacturer who encouraged him to begin a TV show to help promote the product. Since 1968, “Bill Dance Outdoors” has aired over 2,000 shows and Bill has produced over 36 educational videos and 12 audio educational tapes on a variety of subjects. His hilarious out-take shows have been aired all over the world. His TV shows Bill Dance Outdoors airs on the Outdoor Channel and Bill Dance Saltwater airs on the Sportsman Channel.

Additionally, the country hitmaker takes his Proud To Be Right Here Tour to Los Angeles tomorrow with a show at the Staples Center and continues his west coast run through next week.

Luke Bryan and Bill Dance; Photo Courtesy of YouTube
Luke Bryan and Bill Dance; Photo Courtesy of YouTube

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