Country music has been up in arms as of late, due to some comments Luke Bryan made in an interview with Hits Daily Double regarding his thoughts on outlaw country. While Luke might have chosen the incorrect words when making his point, it’s pretty safe to say that he is the epitome of respectful and, unfortunately, couldn’t take his comments back once they were spoken into the universe. What became very clear in this matter is, despite his phenomenal success and how he is musically untouchable at times, Luke is very much a human being like the rest of us.
After Waylon Jennings‘ Daughter-in-Law, Kathy Pinkerman Jennings, took it upon herself to defend outlaw country against the statements made by Luke Bryan, the ACM Entertainer of the Year and current Country Music Hall of Fame honoree did what few would do, but all should. He picked up the phone and made personal apologies to those he might have offended.
Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon, spoke to the LA Times on the matter, sharing that Luke placed a phone call to his mother, Jessi Colter, to apologize for his comments. Shooter stated:
Luke Bryan called my mom today to clarify that he would never disrespect my dad or me or any of us. He also asked for Buddy’s number to call Kathy. Whether or not he does, that takes a lot of guts. I misfired and said some things in the past about people, namely John Mayer. And I didn’t have the guts to apologize. So, that being said, that kinda won me over. I love Kathy for her defense of the family and caring so much for the legacy. But as my mom says, [some] people out there want things the way it WAS and nothing else. I’m not defending pop music but I am defending new music. My dad never liked labels and neither do I.
Ben Haggard, son of the legendary Merle Haggard and touring guitar player, also shared his experience with Luke via Instagram, telling his followers about the unexpected phone call he received from the modern day superstar.
Luke, once again you have proven to be a standup man and are a true class act, even in the face of adversity. High five to you for admitting your mistake and making amends. So many can learn from your humbleness and we applaud you for being a genuinely good person behind the artistry.