Zach Bryan Issues Statement, Explaining His Arrest: “I’m Truly Sorry”

“Today I had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was out of line in the things I said,” he explained.

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Posted on September 7, 2023

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Zach Bryan; Photo Courtesy of Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Zach Bryan issued an apologetic statement explaining the reason for his arrest on Thursday, September 7, in Oklahoma.

Hours after he was taken to the Craig County Jail, Bryan took to the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to address the incident.

Read Zach Bryan’s Full Statement Below

“Today I had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was out of line in the things I said,” he began.

He went on to showcase his gratitude for law enforcement and share an apology. 

“I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated in the moment, it was unlike me and I apologize. They brought me to jail, and there is a mug shot of me floating around. Prayers we can all move on from this and prayers people know I’m just trying the best I can, I love you guys and I am truly sorry to the officers.” 

Bryan was arrested on charges of “obstruction of investigation” on Thursday (Sept. 7) in his home state of Oklahoma, TMZ reports.

Arrested In Oklahoma

The “Something In The Orange” singer was reportedly arrested in Vinita, Oklahoma and booked on a charge of “obstruction of investigation.” 

According to Cornell Law School, obstruction of investigation in Oklahoma is defined as “Destruction of evidence, tampering with or intimidating witnesses, or refusal to allow access to relevant files or facilities in any investigation.” 

Bryan, 27, was transported to the Craig County Jail where a mugshot was captured. 

Zach Bryan; Photo Courtesy of Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Zach Bryan; Photo Courtesy of Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The events leading to his arrest are unclear.

Arrested Hours After He Wrote He Was Heading To Watch The Philadelphia Eagles

On Thursday, in what appears to be the hours before he was arrested, Zach Bryan took to Instagram to share a photo of sprawling farmland with the text “On the road again, gonna go see the birds win.”

He was likely referring to the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL team is set to play on Sunday (Sept. 10) against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. 

Zach Bryan; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Zach Bryan; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

The Quittin Time Tour

Zach Bryan’s arrest comes just days after pre-sale tickets for his massive 54-date headlining tour, dubbed The Quittin Time Tour ’24, went on sale. 

Bryan’s Quittin Time Tour kicks off with back-to-back performances at United Center in Chicago, Illinois on March 6 and 7 before embarking on a cross-country journey. The Quittin’ Time Tour ’24 will find Zach Bryan visiting stadiums and major arenas throughout North America.

The trek includes stops at football stadiums in Denver, Foxborough, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa, Arlington, and Minneapolis. The tour will wrap up in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with back-to-back shows at the BOK Center on December 13 and 14.

The Quittin Time Tour also features an impressive lineup of supporting acts, including The Middle East, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Turnpike Troubadours, Sheryl Crow, Sierra Ferrell, Matt Maeson, and Levi Turner.

Self-Titled Album

The tour comes in support of his fourth full-length studio album, Zach Bryan, which arrived on August 25 via Warner Records.

Zach Bryan Self-Titled Album Art
Zach Bryan Self-Titled Album Art

Released on August 25, Zach Bryan includes 16 tracks and was produced entirely by Bryan himself. The album debuted at No.1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking Bryan’s first ever album to claim the top spot on the chart. 

“I love you guys and I appreciate you,” the singer/songwriter wrote on X after hearing the news. “This has been an unbelievable year.”

The project also features collaborations with The War And Treaty, Kacey Musgraves, The Lumineers and Sierra Ferrell. 

“Really proud to call the writing and production on somethin’ all mine,” Bryan captioned his reveal on social media. “thank y’all for your patience, I didn’t make this album to appease people who will never be happy anyways, I made it for my people, hope everyone has a good weekend.”

Earned First-Ever No. 1 On Billboard Hot 100

Bryan recently earned his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 with “I Remember Everything” featuring Kacey Musgraves. 

The song debuted atop the all-genre chart, which incorporates various factors, including cross-genre U.S. streaming data encompassing both official audio and video streams, radio broadcasting reach, and sales data.

According to Billboard and Luminate, “I Remember Everything” raked in 33.7 million streams and sold 10,000 downloads for the week ending on August 31. While it’s not being promoted at country radio, the track also drew in 263,000 impressions at radio.

Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ “I Remember Everything” follows Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream” as the second shared Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs chart topper by a male artist and female artist.

“I Remember Everything” debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, and Hot Rock Songs charts.

CMA Awards

Additionally, on Thursday morning (Sept. 7), Bryan earned a nod for the 57th Annual CMA Awards in the New Artist of the Year category. This marks Bryan’s first CMA Awards nomination.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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