Luke Bryan Gets Candid About How ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ Changed His Career

by Jacklyn Krol

Luke Bryan spoke about his career-defining single “(Country Girl Shake It For Me).”

Luke Bryan Opens Up About the ‘Crazy Song’

The “One Margarita” singer spoke about his career during a panel at Country Radio Seminar. He spoke about the impact that the single had on his career and how it helped kickstart his success.

Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” was released in 2011 and was his seventh single. Although it did not reach No. 1 (it reached No. 4), it was a pivotal moment for him. Furthermore, it is now certified 4x Platinum.

Bryan admitted that he had some success before the song with his No. 1 hits like “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Do I” but nothing as meteoric as this. “It was always that situation for me that add day was stressful,” he admitted, referring to the day singles go to country radio. He revealed that those songs were about only 15 or 16 adds.

“When add-day came for ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me),’ which was a crazy song, we had about 35 adds [at radio],” he recalled. “Me and my wife sat in my room, and everyone at the label and Kerri [Edwards his manager] said we had 35 adds, and I was just crying. Caroline was crying. That was the moment that I knew radio was starting to trust. They had to trust me with a song ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me).’ When they started trusting me and trusting what me and my team were doing, I was like, ‘We’re turning a corner, radio is coming around.'”

What Came Next

Midway through the success of “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Bryan and his team started to consider the follow-up single. He wanted “I Don’t Want This Night To End” to become the next release. Ironically, his father didn’t believe that the song would be a hit or a good single.

Bryan later confirmed that it was the right choice to become his next release after performing a concert. “When I hit the stage it was crazy energy. And when I kicked into ‘I Don’t Want This Night To End,’ they lit up [the audience] and I looked at my dad,” he reminisced. “He’s over there drinking a beer, checking it all out. We get off stage and my dad was like, ‘Well son, you picked the right next damn single.'” The song later peaked at No. 1 on the country charts.