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Luke Bryan thinks bro-country artists have hidden depth. The country music artist revealed his thoughts in a recent interview with The Tennessean.

“I don’t care for defining that era as ‘bro-country,” said Bryan. “I feel like a group of artists focused on hitting the mark on a lot of fun stuff that we loved, that the fans also enjoyed, that became very popular.” Bryan had hit several “bro-country” songs like “Huntin,’ Fishin,’ and Lovin’ Every Day” in 2015 and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” in 2011. Bryan’s peers in bro-country include Jake Owen, Brian Kelley, Tyler Hubbard, and Jason Aldean.

Bryan said Garth Brooks inspired him to be dynamic in his presentation, regardless of music style. “Garth taught country music stars how to approach our careers with a rock star mentality. Being rock ‘n’ roll level enormous by selling out football stadiums on multiple nights—and reaching meteoric heights because of it—programmed us to dream of achieving that level of success.” What is your favorite era of country music? What is your favorite “bro-country” song?

Country Music's Top Five Bromances Over The Years

Country music stars have always been quite friendly even though they compete each week for spots on the country charts and ticket sales to their concerts.

Over the years, several bromances have developed between some of country music’s most prominent male superstars. We look at the Top 5 Country Music bromances from the last decade, and the guys have outdone themselves on the friendship scale.

  • 5 - Darius Rucker and Lady A's Charles Kelley

    Darius makes friends with many people in the entertainment industry. He once told us while we were discussing his friendship with the Duck Dynasty reality show guys that when he likes someone and their work, he reaches out to start a friendship whenever he can. Darius and Charles have been buddies since Rucker started touring with Lady A toward the beginning of his country music career back in 2011 on Lady A’s “Own The Night” tour.

  • 4 - Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett

    These guys have been buddies for a while now and live close to each other in the Nashville area. Once while Thomas was waiting in a grocery store line and realized he didn’t have any money, Dierks happened to be behind him in line and loaned him the cash for his purchase. Rhett also had some fun playing part of Bentley’s parody band Hot Country Knights.

  • 3 - Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

    Kenny and Tim’s friendship goes way back to when the guys first came to Nashville in the early 1990s. The guys have retained their 30-year friendship over the years and even did a duet together called “Like A Rock Star” in 2012.

  • 2 - Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton

    These two superstars recently made another Top 5 list for getting mistaken for each other at times when out in public. Blake and Luke trade fun jabs and even hosted the ACM Awards in 2013. Despite people occasionally saying they don’t like each other, they are good friends.

  • 1 - Kane Brown and Chris Young

    Kane and Chris have been friends since Brown was first signed to Young’s RCA label in 2105. While they supported each other from that fateful day, it wasn’t until Young’s “Famous Friends” duet with Kane in 2021 became such a big hit and award nominee that their friendship became well-known.

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