Zac Brown recently ripped Luke Bryan on Vancouver radio station JRFM. He said, “To me, country music has always been the home for a great song. If I hear one more tailgate in the moonlight, daisy duke song, I’m gonna throw up. There’s songs out there on the radio right now that make me be ashamed to be even in the same format as some other artists. I love Luke Bryan and he’s had some great songs, but this new song is the worst song I’ve ever heard. I know Luke, he’s a friend. ‘[That's] My Kinda Night’ is one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard. I see it being commercially successful in what is called country music these days, but I also feel like that the people deserve something better than that. Country fans and country listeners deserve to have something better than that, a song that really has something to say, something that makes you feel something. Good music makes you feel something. When songs make me wanna throw up, it makes me ashamed to even be in the same genre as those songs. My opinion is not about Luke as an artist, it’s about that song,” Brown writes. “He didn’t write it. I’m a fan of Luke, but definitely not that song.”
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Dallas Davidson, who wrote 'That's My Kind Of Night' tells Roughstock.com, "The first thing I did was sit there and soak it in. A comment like that will hurt your feelings because when you write a song, it's kind of like one of your babies. To hear a successful artist say it was the worst song he's heard and it makes him want to throw up, that's just not cool. We write about what we know about. What I know about is sitting on a tailgate drinking a beer. Hell, I live on the river. When Luke called me to tell me about what happened, I was literally smoking Boston butts on my homemade cooker at my 800 square foot river house with about four of my buddies with their trucks backed up, sitting on a tailgate.
My mom always told me if you don't have nothing nice to say, then don't say it at all. That's true. I think social media... has really changed this whole generation where it's Ok to be mean, and it's Ok to talk bad about people. When I grew up, you didn't do that. If that song makes him want to throw up, I hope I write one today that gives him the flu because that means I'm doing my job right."
Lady A's Charles Kelley tells CCUSA, “He’s pushing it, but he IS country music, he’s SO country, so he can get away with pushing pretty far. The lyrics are still so very down home and country, ‘Catchin’ up a little catfish dinner.’ But he throws in hip hop beats behind this song too. Deep south Georgia, rap meets country. I think it’s just awesome to see his success because he’s such a great guy, and you want someone like that to win. So I’m super jealous of him right now.”
Dave Haywood added, “It reminds me of Chesney when he had his first few records, and then he found his audience, with that Jimmy Buffett thing, he set sail for the stadiums. I think Luke has too. I see him growing his touring career the way Aldean’s playing these baseball stadiums. So I think Luke’s about to do those as well.”
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Justin Moore says, “Everybody has their own opinions, and I don’t have a problem with people having their own opinions, but where I do have a problem with it is when you call out somebody in your fraternity. Do we all like every song on the radio? Do the fans like every song on the radio? No. Music’s subjective. There’s never going to be a song that everybody loves. There’s never going to be a song that everybody hates.”
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