Luke Bryan Discusses the Future of Country Music and His Legacy
Luke Bryan will admit that his life is pretty dreamlike now that he's a staple in today's country music. In addition to making music, Bryan has a full family life, but his busy schedule hasn't stopped him from thinking about the future, both his and of country music as a whole, and his own legacy.
Bryan tells Rolling Stone Country that there are a bunch of up-and-coming country artists that he's excited to hear more from, including Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell and, especially, his 2015 Kick the Dust Up Tour opening act Dustin Lynch
"I see so many aspects of Dustin that were me," Bryan admits. "Dustin is that guy that loves every day; he just loves being at the party, and by that, I mean the game. He's just goofy and naive enough like me that he'll be a superstar."
Personally, Bryan hopes to see country music get to a place where even more aspiring artists can get involved.
"I want to get everybody in on the party," he says. "I want Nashville to stay Nashville. I want publishing companies to have to sign 20 more writers to grow their publishing companies ... My thing is to constantly push to do better and smarter and give the fans what they want. And then nurture and lead by example."
And as for his own legacy, Bryan says that he hasn't really thought about it.
"I don't think you can think about it," Bryan explains. "At the end of the day, your legacy will be who you were ...
"[I]f my legacy is, I circled this globe and traveled this world, and everybody I came in contact with, at the end of the day, they're like, 'That's a cool-a-- dude; that's somebody I trust from A to Z. It's somebody that, I know he believes in God, and he believes in this way of life, and he tries to live it,'" he continues. "Musically, I think if I do all that, it'll show in the music, and then people will be able to feel all that through the music — and that'll be my legacy."
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