Luke Bryan’s ‘Here’s to the Farmer’ EP Debuts at No. 1
It looks like Luke Bryan might be inspired to release more Farm Tour EPs in the future. His first-ever EP coinciding with the tour, titled Here’s to the Farmer, just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Selling more than 34,000 copies, the EP also earned a slot at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.
The songs are not only reflective of farm life lyrically, but are a throwback to his roots, he says, as he grew up the son of a peanut farmer.
“What’s interesting is that a lot of that is what the start of my career was based on, and I think some of my fans from the way back will appreciate, you’ll be able to hear some of that that kind of sounds like my early record stuff,” Bryan says of the record (quote via Sounds Like Nashville).
He says his Spring Break projects taught him to write songs inspired by a certain theme and overall vibe, even if it’s not overt.
“I learned a lot doing the Spring Break albums through the years, so with Farm Tour album, it’s just to have those little nuances of farm-related things. Some of ‘em obviously scream more farm stuff than the others, but at the end of the day, it’s just all about (A) is it a great song that we feel like is worthy of making this EP? And (B) does it kind of go along with that rural [theme]? I kinda think Farm Tours will always have that ruralness, that rural theme,” Bryan explains.
Bryan’s eighth annual Farm Tour actually got off to a rough start this year, as the first show was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew, and the second, he had to play with his arm in a sling due to a broken clavicle. Here’s hoping the rest of the short-run fall tour will go off without a hitch. The whole tour raises money for Bryan’s scholarship fund, which gives scholarships to students from farming families or who plan on majoring in agriculture. It wraps up Oct. 15 in Illinois.
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