Luke Bryan’s third album, tailgates & tanlines, has been certified gold. During his Farm Tour show in Statesboro, Georgia, Luke was surprised in front of a crowd of more than 8,000 fans with a plaque signigying his current album has been certified by the RIAA for sales of 500,000. The singer-songwriter’s previous single, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” has also been certified platinum. Luke co-wrote it with pal, Dallas Davidson.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about how he has grown as an artist from his first album to his third.
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“When you get into your third album, and you’re lucky enough to get to a third album, you just get more seasoned and a little more calm about the experience. You take the things you did right and wrong from your other two, and you make mental notes and try to do, you know, do all the things that you liked and roll into this album. You know, there were times on my first two albums. We were really pressured and up against the wall to get it done, so a lot of times I would go in and sing and my voice wouldn’t really feel as good as I wanted it to that day. But on this album, if I went in and it wasn’t happenin’, you know, I would just turn around and walk down, and I was like, ‘We’ll get it when it’s time.’ Little things like that that you learn, you know. I was able to take some songs that didn’t make ‘Doin’ My Thing’ and kind of hold them because I knew there was a proper time for them to come out and we’d put them on this album. And like I said, you get a little smarter about all of the, all of the aspects of making an album. You can, you can go back and make sure you don’t make the same mistakes twice and, um, and you know, I mean I know it even with the success with Doin’ My Thing, you know, there are little things I wanted to change about it and I made sure on this album I didn’t do it again and it makes the, I look back and I’m like, ‘Man, there isn’t one song that I would want to take off this album.” Everything had its place and that’s exciting, that’s what makes it fun to have recorded the album and now even more fun it is coming out.