Winning the ACM Entertainer of the Year award, scoring a No. 1 album with Spring Break ... Here to Party and selling out every show on the first leg of his Dirt Road Diaries tour, it's obvious Luke Bryan is having a banner year. However, that doesn't mean the Georgia-born performer is ready to rest on his laurels.
"I hope someone thinks I sing good," Luke tells The Boot with that "aw shucks" kind of modesty that is part of his charm. "I'm always working hard to sing better. I sound the way I sound, but I can always be better. I work hard at singing and being a better recording artist."
With an unwavering work ethic, Luke feels he's earned the right to take a few chances and show his diverse musical tastes. "I'm kind of at a point in my career where I can get away with traditional stuff," he says, "and then get away with some more rocky and pop and edgier stuff too."
The singer-songwriter has been in the studio working with producer Jeff Stevens on his fourth studio album for Capitol Records and reveals that there are a couple of songs on the new project that are different from anything he's ever done.
"The guitars hit harder and are a little more in-your-face," he explains. "We've got some drum stuff going on that's quite different. It's almost like a more hip-hoppy kind of drum beat, but at the end of the day I'm singing, so there you go. I've got some fun beats and the lyrics are very country in a lot of this stuff, too."