Luke Bryan says he mis­spoke about mu­si­cians ‘strung out on drugs’

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS / ENTERTAINMENT -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Coun­try star Luke Bryan said he mis­spoke when he dif­fer­en­ti­ated him­self from out­law coun­try mu­si­cians like Wil­lie Nel­son, Merle Hag­gard and Way­lon Jen­nings by say­ing he doesn’t do drugs. Bryan, the reign­ing Coun­try Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion and Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic en­ter­tainer of the year, apol­o­gized for how the com­ments ap­peared in an ar­ti­cle on the online mag­a­zine, HITS Daily Dou­ble. “I’m not an out­law coun­try singer,” he said in a July 9 ar­ti­cle. “I don’t do co­caine and run around. So I’m not go­ing to sing out­law coun­try. I like to hunt, fish, ride around on my farm, build a big bon­fire and drink some beers- and that’s what I sing about. It’s what I know. I don’t know about lay­ing in the gut­ter, strung out on drugs.” He posted on Twit­ter the next day that he never meant to dis­par­age other artists. “It’s not my style,” he wrote. “I con­sider Wil­lie, Way­lon and Merle mu­si­cal he­roes.” Bryan told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Tues­day that he wasn’t clear when talk­ing about the wide va­ri­ety of mu­si­cians within the genre.

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