Luke Bryan: Georgian, country singer, 46-year-old twerker, and big time gambler?
Ol’ Luke made an appearance on the Full Send podcast a while back, and talked everything from drinking beer, to how he got his start in country music, his career in general, life growing up in Georgia, and everything in between.
With that being said, there was one part in the podcast where he told one of the wildest gambling stories I’ve ever heard…
Bryan admitted that he’s a big time Craps and Blackjack player, and also admitted he’s had some bigtime wins, as well as some bigtime losses, although he said his big ones typically come when he’s down big, and storms back to break even.
However, he told a crazy story about one of his biggest wins where he rattled off 19 straight wins at the blackjack table… with a table max bet.
“I come out to tour the theater, and the theater it’s like scaffolding, people fuckin’ welding in there, building the stage and I’m like cool so I go and sit at the Blackjack table, and I get like $10 grand.
Dude, dealer runs me off 19 in a row… 19 hands in a row and I played… I won $180,000 in 19 hands.”
Luckily, ol’ Luke was smart enough to leave the table with his $180K and call it a night.
In another part of the podcast, he also hilariously called out fake country artists in the industry when asked if there were some big stars who were “doing it wrong.”
“There’s dingdongs and dumbasses out there… in country music, when you have this air about you, I think it catches up with you.
You can trick people for a little bit.”
Translation… the assholes in the business won’t have a long career. And I love that Luke says “dingdongs,” what a “dad.”
But then the conversation turned quickly into country boy cred, and the amount of artists that are just playing pretend. And believe me, the irony is not lost on me that Mr. American Idol Luke Bryan is the one talking about fake country singers.
I mean, we’re talking about a guy who released some nonsense like “Country Girl Shake It For Me,” “M-O-V-E” and “One Margarita,” but Luke was talking about guys who sing about hunting, fishing, drinking beer, and driving in trucks, who have never done any of those things before in their life…. not so much the music.
Say what you want about Luke’s country music, or lack thereof, the dude grew up on a farm in Georgia and passes the country boy test. He might not pass the country music test, but he’s a country boy.
Although, he admits that there are plenty of posers in Nashville, he has a really simple way of sniffing them out… put a fishing rod in their hand:
“Here’s what I can unequivocally say without a shadow of a doubt…
If you sing about hunting and fishing and drinking and trucks and shit, and I get you on my farm… in one minute I can tell if you’re a poser… or if you’re not legit.
I could just hand you a fishing rod…”
And when Luke was about to say that not every single guy in country music is a diehard country boy, he admitted that he’s seen plenty of artists come out to the farm and couldn’t cast a fishing line.
He wouldn’t name names though…
“I’m not starting that headline…”
Name or not, I think it’s safe to say that Luke just confirmed what we already knew.
You can check out the full podcast below:
Luke Bryan Brings Two Kids Onstage To Honor Their Late Father
Love him or hate him, Luke Bryan seems like one of the most genuinely nice dudes in country music.
And at a recent show, he took time to help two boys honor their late dad onstage.
Video from the show in Hartford, Connecticut this weekend shows Luke walking to the edge of the stage and taking a shirt that the two boys had been holding up.
Telling the crowd that the boys had been holding the shirt up all night, he turned it around to show the crowd the message on the shirt:
“Our dad died. Can we sing Drink a Beer together?”
He then invited the pair up on stage to do just that, taking time to put the shirt on before joining the boys for the chorus of his Chris Stapleton-penned #1 hit from 2013.
Luke Bryan Sings “Strip It Down” To 85-Year-Old Woman For Her Birthday
Luke Bryan, CALM DOWN.
You may judge me for this statement, but I just wanna make this clear…
I’m not a complete Luke Bryan hater. Although the guy kinda went the whole “spring break twerking frat boy” route around 2011, I fully believe that the man can put out some decent mainstream country music… on occasion.
With his first couple albums, like his 2007 debut studio album I’ll Stay Me, and his 2009 Doin’ My Thing album, you have some decent, easy listening kind of radio friendly country tunes that don’t make you want to rip your ears off.
His 2020 Born Here Live Here Die Here album gave us a little hope that he just might be returning to his roots… a little hope.
Not to mention, for being such a big star, he seems like an all-around good guy and good family man.
I really just want to believe he got unbelievably caught up in the Nashville Machine for so long, which explains travesties like “M-O-V-E,” “One Margarita,” and “That’s My Kind Of Night.”
However, what I simply cannot defend, is his pure cringe at his concerts, where he flips that hat on backwards over his eyebrows, and starts shakin’ his ass.
With that being said, he did have a sweet moment at one of his concerts in Bristow, Virginia last Thursday.
He saw a sign in the crowd that read, “Luke, Strip it down for Grandma’s 85th Birthday.”
Well thank God he didn’t start peeling clothes off… instead, he sang his 2015 hit “Strip It Down” (also one of my least favorite songs from the guy).
Sure, it looked like the grandma was having the time of her life singing the song with him, but I guess there’s just something about singing a song like “Strip It Down” with an 85-year-old woman that doesn’t sit right with me. Getting some Magic Mike vibes…
Nevertheless, I hope the grandma had the time of her life, because boy don’t we all wish we could be in that kind of health by that age.