GAC Album Review: Luke Bryan's Tailgates & Tanlines
Luke_Bryan_Cover_Album_2011After going Gold with his 2009 breakthrough album Doin’ My Thing, and taking home the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Solo Vocalist prize in 2010,Luke Bryan returns with his third full-length studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines. Featuring a mix of uptempo party songs, loose country rockers and compelling storylines along the way, the 35-year-old Georgia native displays impressive depth, moving from frat boy fun into deeper territory over the diverse collection.

Reuniting with producer Jeff Stevens for the third time, Tailgates & Tanlines is front-loaded with fun, whimsical songs that sound like the soundtrack from a party weekend in Panama City Beach. “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” the album’s opening track and lead single, kicks up the tempo with a pounding bass drum and descending chord progression. Crisply produced electric guitars and banjo run underneath the chorus’ quick recitation, as Luke makes it clear that if it’s breathing, well then it’s most certainly checking out the hot muse’s moves with the lines like, Shake it for the birds, shake it for the bees/ Shake it for the catfish swimming down deep in the creek.

Big ringing guitars open “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” with pedal steel swimming throughout the reflective hook. Luke’s warm southern drawl sounds at ease moving through the admitting chorus, Ain’t gonna beg you to stay, ain’t gotta ask you what’s wrong/Ain’t no reason running after something already gone. Here, as well as in others like the midtempo summer party song “Drunk On You,” there’s an essence of living in the now, not worrying about the future and fondly remembering those wild nights.


Luke Bryan, 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me)' -- Story Behind the Lyrics
luke-bryan-200-112411Luke Bryan is soaring up the charts with his latest single, 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me).' The tune, admittedly a sharp deviation from his previous hits, including 'Rain Is a Good Thing' and 'Someone Else Calling You Baby,' is not only a strong contender to be the Georgia native's third No. 1 in a row, but has also garnered him an entirely new fan base, thanks to its infusion of rock and rap -- and a sexy performance on the CMT Awards that made him the most-searched term on Google following the awards ceremony. Luke sat down with The Boot to explain the inspiration behind this career-changing song.

Me and my co-writer, Dallas Davidson, often times we'll sit in a songwriting room and we'll pull up fun rap and dance songs. I've been in so many honky tonks where right when I get off stage, they put on rap music and the dance floor fills up. I'll never forget, I played a private party one time, and it was a pool party for some young kids who had some money. Their parents wanted Luke Bryan to surprise them, and the time I got done playing, they put on dance music and rap and the pool party was just rocking! I was like, "I've gotta try to write some music that maybe some kids like that will want to rock at their pool party or play at a honky tonk." I told that to Dallas, and we went on that. We didn't have a title. If you had told us the title, 'Country Girl Shake it For Me,' we'd have said that's too cheesy.
Dallas Davidson to Perform at the "Colt Ford and Friends" Benefit Concert in Athens, GA!
Nashville, Tenn. (Wednesday, July 20, 2011) – Colt Ford was born and raised in the small town of Athens, Georgia.  Throughout his life, the community has supported his father’s car dealership, his education, his wife’s beauty shop, and most recently, Ford’s country music career.  So when Ford returned home from tour in late March and learned of a shooting of two police officers that ended deadly for Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian and injured Senior Police Officer Tony Howard, it especially hit home, and Ford knew he had to do something.  In an effort to help Christian’s family, Ford and special guests Rhett AkinsJason AldeanDallas DavidsonMike DekelEdwin McCainJames Otto, and more will join for “Colt Ford and Friends” on Tuesday, August 16 at Georgia Theater, located at 215 North Lumpkin Street in Athens, GA, for an intimate performance, silent auction, and celebration of the careers of both Offices Christian and Howard beginning at 7:30 p.m.
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