Luke Bryan is excited, his late brother’s voice is in New Doc
Luke Bryan’s music career has been full of boisterous moments, but the singer’s story is also steeped in heartbreaking loss and grief.
One of those tragic, life-changing moments was the death of Bryan’s older brother, Chris, in 1996. Bryan, then 19, had his eyes fixed on Nashville and was planning to move from Leesburg, Georgia; However, when Chris died in a car accident at the age of 26, his younger brother put aside his plans to stay close to his family.
Bryan eventually made it to Nashville, of course, with his father’s encouragement, and used Chris’s death as a reminder that life is fragile and not guaranteed. It’s only part of his life story that he shares in a new documentary, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, finds the star who tells the story of how he got where he is today.
Because both Bryan and Chris were so young when Chris died, the singer’s late brother Bryan and his two sons Bo (now 13) and Tate (now 10) never met. Chris played an important role in Bryan’s life, so Bryan is delighted to be able to share his older brother with his sons through the documentaries.
“It’s the first time my kids can hear my brother’s voice and know what he sounds like – family stuff like that is what really makes this documentary series special,” said Bryan.
In fact, thanks to Chris, Bryan loved country music. In a series of My dirt road diary, Bryan recalls making long journeys through South Georgia while turning up Killin ‘Time by Clint Black; he also notes that he was Chris’ experience at a Garth Brooks concert, which set a precedent for Bryan, who hoped to entertain people in the same way.
Bryan admits that the documentaries will be emotional for him. However, he hopes his decision to share his story will have a broad impact.
“It’s going to be something very emotional in our family to see that, and I think that’s one of the reasons we’re telling the story,” says Bryan. “We tell the story to let people know when they have things in their life that are challenging and tough … that they are not alone.
Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Journal will be premiered on Friday (August 6th) on IMDb TV.