Radio Feedback: Luke Bryan, ‘All My Friends Say’ & Rap-Loving Country Fans

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(Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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Welcome to Radio Feedback,’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio. In honor of September being country music month at HQ, country artists will weigh in each week.

Luke Bryan admits country radio has changed a lot since his debut on the airwaves.

It was 2007, Bryan had just released first single “All My Friends Say,”and he was driving back to Nashville from his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama. Bryan was probably halfway home when he heard the song come on the radio.

“It was a big moment,” Bryan told of the song, which would become his first chart entry, reaching No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.”And it’s still that way. Every time I’m talking on the phone and I see my name going across the [radio’s] digital screen, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah!'”

Even now, after releasing his fourth album Crash My Party last month, he says that excitement hasn’t gone away. Country radio has always been to him what defines the real stars of the genre.

“It’s the most important resource in building artists,” Bryan said. “It’s really a special thing to see yourself and hear yourself on the radio.”


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