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Luke Bryan is truly going back to his Georgia roots with his brand-new Farm Tour EP, “Here’s to the Farmer,” available now. The five songs on the project are all inspired by Luke’s upbringing watching his dad work as a peanut farmer. It was a rural way of life, but Luke thinks folks who live in urban or suburban areas will dig these tunes. If anything, it gives those city folk a chance to learn what it’s like to be living on the land.

Luke says, “I think it’s like, ‘why was I a country kid listening to some gangster rap?’ I wanted to know a little bit about that life. I guess that’s why big cities and those areas like that gravitate to a country artist. You want to hear what that life’s about. You want that music to take you there in your mind. If you’re in a gridlocked freeway and you wanna put on some music that takes you to the country, throw this on.”

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This Farm Tour EP also gives Luke a chance to write and record more traditional-sounding country music. Though he’s scored hits with rural-themed songs like “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” and “Rain Is a Good Thing,” Luke has also caught flak from country purists for shaking his booty onstage to pop-influenced tracks like “That’s My Kinda Night” and “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).” He’s taking all that talk with a grain of salt, though.

“I’m so thankful that I’ve caught criticism for all forms of my music,” Luke says. “I’ve been called pop country. I’ve been called country and then I’ve been called whatever. Tight pants country. I don’t even understand all that, cause my pants ain’t no tighter than Dwight Yoakam’s were in the early ’90s.”

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That being said, Luke reserves the right to record whatever kind of music he likes to sing. He adds, “My thing is if I got a song that sounds out there in left field, but I love it, I’m gonna always take a shot at it. That’s the thing. This is a way to put out some more rural country music.”

Luke’s Farm Tour EP, “Here’s to the Farmer,” is out just in time for the launch of his Eighth Annual Farm Tour coming up Oct. 5 at Culler Farms in Gaston, South Carolina. Go to for a full list of dates.

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