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