I know I'll be vilified on this website if I utter even one bad adjective about the immensely popular superstar Luke Bryan, so I'm going to be careful about my choice of words here.    And I hope this is taken in the most positive way possible.  Here goes.

Luke Bryan has been a bonified hit machine now for quite some time.  Crash My Party, That's My Kind Of Nite, Kick The Dust Up…all big sellers and high on the WGNA rotation for sure.

In my mind, however I feel his choice of songs has pigeonholed him into one style of music -very "hooky", upbeat "lightweight brocountryish" songs that seem to fit a certain fixed template or formula.  That's OK, but if someone  asked me who the greatest singers are in country music, I would never put him in the category, because his music really doesn't lend itself to requiring fantastic chops.

Enter "Strip It Down', his latest hit (that coincidentally is number one on Billboard's Hot Country Chart or the week of October 3rd, 2015)

When I first was exposed to it, (no pun intended)  I actually didn't recognize who was singing it right away.  It brings out a completely different quality in his vocals.  He doesn't oversing  by any means and really sells the emotion of the lyric (and it doesn't take a brain surgeon to know what the tune is about!)

 

I seriously have to give him props on his performance here.  I think it will do him a world of good by establishing himself as a more well rounded talent.

Good for you, Luke.  As the Beatles once said, we hope you stay on the  "Toppermost of the Poppermost"