Country music party crasher Luke Bryan tests crossover appeal
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (REUTERS) - Country singer Luke Bryan's latest album, Crash My Party, released on Tuesday and expected to land near the top of United States (US) charts, is just his latest step in taking a quintessential American music genre to the rest of the world.
Bryan was the unlikely winner of the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year award in April, topping mega-sellers and cross-over stars Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton.
But for someone with global ambitions, county music's fun-loving farm boy, who is best known for songs Rain Is A Good Thing and Drunk on You, still puts in his time at state fairs and in small towns around the US.
"I want to continue fueling the live show and grow into bigger venues for as many years as I can," Bryan told Reuters."I would hope to become an entertainer on a global scale but not have to change my music to get there."