Luke Bryan, ‘Country Girl (Shake It for Me)’ — Story Behind the Lyrics
Luke 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.
I’m not naive. I get the song. It’s just a simple, fun little song. But I will always stand behind how cool the verses are on the song … all that stuff is really fresh. Dallas and I were really excited about what we had. We did the chorus (hums a bit of the chorus), I was like, “Dallas, is it just this? It just seems kind of cheesy and not right.” We wrote it, and I still wasn’t sold on it, but Dallas was like, “It’s it.” After going home and humming and singing, “Country girl, shake it for me,’ I knew it was it.
I’ve been out with [Tim] McGraw all summer, and I watch him do ‘Please Remember Me,’ and songs like ‘Angry All the Time,’ that are just masterpieces, and then I watch him do ‘I Like It, I Love It‘ and ‘Indian Outlaw.’ So this is my chance when I can do a simple fun song that lets people have a good time, and then I’ll have my day when hopefully I’ll have a Song of the Year, ‘House That Built Me,’ type song. That’s what’s fun in country. You can have all those and put them in a show and take your audience on a fun ride.