As 2017 winds down, Luke Bryan will be winding up with his sixth studio album and spot at the judges’ table on a reboot of American Idol.
Bryan shared details about his new album, titled What Makes You Country, earlier today.
Produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens, the 15-track collection includes the phone-obsessed lead single “Light It Up,” which is currently a top 20 hit on country radio.
The album’s title track, penned by Bryan, Dallas Davidon and Ashley Gorley and available for listening above, is a far cry from the paranoia and electronic textures of “Light It Up,” boasting slashing Telecaster riffs, heavy rock drums and an in-your-face, defiant delivery from Bryan.
The superstar explained the thought behind the song in a Facebook Live chat earlier today.
“It’s like, for some reason everybody wants to put you in a category of how country you are,” said Bryan, inviting fans to share their own stories at whatmakesyoucountry.com.
“My thing is, my explanation of that is, we’re all different levels of country, but that doesn’t mean you should be judged for it or whatever. It’s me pontificating and me saying, ‘Let’s don’t pick people apart about [whether] they’re city or country.'”.