There’s no doubt that being one of country music’s biggest stars is full of unforgettable experiences— but that doesn’t make you immune to some of life’s biggest tragedies. One country singer who knows about living tragedy is Luke Bryan. Although on the outside, he seems like the life of the party, he’s endured heartbreaking loss and grief.
Among those tragic, earth-shattering moments is the death of Bryan’s older brother, Chris. He passed away in 1996. At just 19-years-old, Bryan was an aspiring country star who was set to move to Nashville from Leesburg, Ga. However, those dreams of Nashville came to a halt when Chris died at just 26 in a fatal car accident. Heartbroken, Bryan put his plans on the back burner so that he could be with his grieving family.
We know now that Bryan, of course, did eventually make it to Nashville with the encouragement of his father. Chris’s death acted as a reminder that life is never guaranteed.
This critical juncture in Bryan’s life is just one part of his story, which he’s opening up about in his new docuseries, “Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary,” that reveals how the small-town guy got to where he is today.
Since both Bryan and his brother were so young when he died, Chris never got the chance to meet Bryan and his wife Caroline’s two sons, Bo, 13, and Tate, 10.
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Because Chris played a massive role in Bryan’s life, Bryan is eager to share a part of Chris with his family.
“My children being able to hear my brother’s voice for the first time, and know what he sounds like — stuff like that on the inside of the family is what really makes this docuseries special,” Bryan said about the special.
Viewers will see that it’s because of Chris that Bryan came to love country music.
In one episode of the docuseries, Bryan reminisces about taking long drives through Georgia roads with his brother while listening to “Killin’ Time” by Clint Black.
He also adds that his brother’s experience at a Garth Brooks concert is what inspires him today when he performs.
However, Bryan also admits the docuseries will be emotional for him to watch and re-live. Yet, he hopes his decision to open up about his tragedy will positively impact his family.
“In our family, it’s going to be something really emotional to watch I think that’s part of the reason why we tell the story,” Bryan said. “We tell the story to let people know if they’re having stuff in their life that’s challenging and tough … that they’re not alone.
“Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary” will premiere on IMDb TV on Friday, Aug. 6.