“Happy Birthday” simply doesn’t cut it for a legend of Bill Dance’s stature. So, Luke Bryan is paying homage to the true outdoors legend with a new song titled, well, “Bill Dance.”
He released the song and accompanying video on Thursday. Bryan’s sons appear alongside Dance and their father in the video, too.
For those who don’t know, “Bill Dance Outdoors” has been a staple for people who love fishing. He usually focuses on bass fishing, too. That’s something near and dear to those who love taking their fishing rods and going out on the lakes.
The show has been on TV since 1968 and now calls NBCSN home.
Luke Bryan wanted to express his love for Dance and his show.
Among the song lyrics he wrote are the following”
“Cause all I ever wanted to be, was Bill Dance/Fishin’ for a livin’, Saturday mornin’ on television/A Georgia boy learnin’ how to hook big bass from a largemouth legend in a Tennessee hat.”
Luke Bryan Is Avid Fisherman and Hunter Who Has Watched Bill Dance on TV
Bryan is both an avid fisherman and hunter.
Dance has used his shows to teach the finer things about fishing. The longtime outdoorsman knows the importance of education.
For the last 60 years, Dance has entertained generations of fishing enthusiasts. All Luke Bryan wants to do is to honor and celebrate that legacy.
Fans also have become used to seeing Dance in his Tennessee hat.
In a teaser video ahead of Thursday’s release, Dance is shown fitting Bryan’s son with a hat and puts one on the Georgia native’s head too. It looks like a lot of fun, for sure.
Country Music Singer Hopes New Single Can Lead Him To Billboard Record
While Luke Bryan definitely hopes “Bill Dance” properly honors his outdoors friend as the song is released on Dance’s birthday, he’s also got his eye on another single.
Bryan hopes to make some history with another single called “Up.” Should this song reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts, it’ll make him the first artist to have two albums with six chart-topping titles.
The “Born Here Live Here Die Here” album has featured five singles from the record. The songs include Waves, Down To One, One Margarita, Knockin’ Boots, and What She Wants Tonight —and they’ve all been No. 1 hits.
That next single comes out on Oct. 11.
“Up is a song that just checks all the boxes for a country song to me,” Bryan said in a press release. “It talks about what I love and what’s dear to me. About my home and my faith. Add to that the fact that the songwriters used just a simple word as ‘up,’ to create so many images is pretty special.”