NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 6, 2013 - Country hunk Luke Bryan is making the media rounds to promote is brand new spring-themed album Spring Break… Here To Party, a compilation set pulling the best of previous releases, plus two new songs. Yesterday afternoon (March 5), Bryan took to the stage on the Ellen Degeneres Show to perform a medley of his chart-topping summer smash "Drunk on You" and album track "Buzzkill."
"This whole Spring Break idea started from writing music without parameters," he says of his latest compilation disc. "If we want to drop a little cuss word in there or something, we don't sweat it. That frees us up more creatively to where we don't get too bound by what's going on when we're in the writing room. My whole idea is that if 10 years down the road, and we've done 10 Spring Break albums and two or three of those Spring Break songs went on to become big hits that were kind of quirky songs that were spawned from it, then this whole ride has been a success, and it's fun putting the songs out."
With spring break right around the corner for most high school and college students, Bryan points fans to the tunes that should be on everyone's partying playlists. "I think you can’t go wrong right now with [Bruno Mars'] 'Locked Out of Heaven,'" he tells Entertainment Weekly. "As far as country, you gotta do 'Cruise,' Florida Georgia Line. You gotta do some Dierks [Bentley], 'Tip It On Back.' And then you gotta do some [Jason] Aldean, '1994.' 'My Kinda Party' is still a good one, too."
As with most music, his summery songs take him back to an earlier time. "Now I’m really gonna show my age. 'Tipsy' was a big one," he reminisces of songs from his glory days. "Do you remember that one? [sings] “Everybody in the club gettin’ tipsy.” I’m tryin’ to think. 'Rump Shaker' was a big one, one year. [sings] 'I put my hand up on your hip.' 'Da’ Dip' was always a big one. [sings] 'When I dip you dip we dip.' That was like high school Spring Break though."
In addition to heading out on tour and co-hosting the upcoming 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with Blake Shelton, Bryan is also gearing up to release his fourth full-length studio album (non-Spring Break, of course) this summer. "You can expect the new single to be out April 1, and then mid-summer for an album release," he describes. "A lot of times on my first three albums, we were so busy and had short time windows to get vocals done. This album, we had a month and a half or two months to get everything like we wanted to, so if my voice wasn’t feeling good one day, then we’d come in and sing a day later. It was really a relaxed environment. Just from playing it for my band, a few people in radio, that’s the first thing that people say — my voice seems to go to a new level — and I’m excited about that. From now until the day I die, I will continue to try to get better — a better singer, a better guitar player, a better entertainer, and better at this business."
Check out his swoon-worthy performance to the left.