Luke Bryan enjoyed many of his Spring Breaks in Panama City Beach when he was in high school and college, and today (Tuesday) marks his fourth trip to PCB to perform the first of two free shows at the Spinnaker Beach Club in support of his latest Spring Break EP, Suntan City. While young folks flock to the beach to catch country music’s latest superstar in action, it was a whole different time when the Georgia native and his buddies headed south a few years ago. “My Spring Breaks in high school, we’d hide beer in the woods, and we’d hid it under an old oak stump for a month and roll out to Panama City with a toolbox full of some old skunk-y beer after it had been sitting out in the woods for a month,” recalls Luke. “One of my buddies, I’ll leave all the names out, he got us banned from all of Thomas Drive down in Panama City. He threw a couple TVs out of the hotel room. If it wasn’t bolted down, he relieved it from the room. We had a great time Somehow we survived it.”
Luke is currently shooting up the country charts with his latest single, “Drunk on You,” the third single from his album, tailgates & tanlines.
AUDIO: Luke Bryan describes his high school Spring Break adventures.
Luke Bryan (Spring Break in high school) OC: …survived it. :43
“My Spring Breaks in high school, we’d hide beer in the woods, and we’d hid it under an old oak stump for a month and roll out to Panama City with a toolbox full of some old skunk-y beer after it had been sitting out in the woods for a month. We took it down to Panama City, and…one of my buddies – I’ll leave all the names out of it – he got us banned from all of Thomas Drive down in Panama City.. He threw a couple TVs out of the hotel room. Basically, if it wasn’t bolted down, he relieved it from the room. We had a great time, though. It was all a part of being a kid, all a part of growing up – kind of drinking and partying for the first time. And we, somehow we survived it.”
AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about the creative freedom of making his Spring Break albums.
Luke Bryan (Spring Break album) OC: …creatively. :42
“This whole Spring Break album, I just started writing music without parameters that kind of controls with. But with Spring Break, if we wanna drop a little cuss word in there or something, we don’t sweat it, and that frees us up more creatively to where we don’t get too bound by what’s goin’ on when we’re in the writing room. My whole idea is that 10 years down the road, you know, we’ve done 10 Spring Break albums and two or three of those Spring Break songs went on to become big hits that were kind of quirky songs that were spawned from it, then this whole ride has been a success. It’s fun putting the songs out, so it’s a fun little thing to kind of free yourself up creatively.”