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Luke Bryan opens up about the song that highlights his role as a dad YouTube/Luke Bryan
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Country music fans everywhere have come to know Luke Bryan for his sex appeal, both onstage and in party anthems like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “Play It Again” and “Crash My Party,” just to name a few.

But the hunky superstar is so much much more than just booty shakes, a southern accent and a charming smile.

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He’s also an amazing husband to Caroline, and a loving father to his two sons, Thomas “Bo” Boyer, 9, and Tatum “Tate” Christopher, 7, as well as a father figure to teenage nephew, Til, who Luke and Caroline are raising.

Over time, the famous family man’s role as both a parent and a husband has helped him show his softer side to fans, which is evident on his newest album, “What Makes You Country,” released earlier this month.

One of the album’s songs in particular that seems quite personal to Luke is “Pick It Up.”

In the song, Luke tries his best to show his boys the ropes and teach them to have interests and hobbies without being an overbearing helicopter father. Instead, he leads by example, and lets his sons decide for themselves whether or not they want to follow in their daddy’s footsteps, whether it be picking up the acoustic guitar, or listening to a Ronnie Milsap record on replay.

“’Pick It Up’ is the ultimate, ultimate father/dad song. I’m so proud of this one,” Luke explains in a new exclusive video in support of his sixth studio album. “That’s how I live my life. I try to put a lot of the things that I love around my boys. I don’t force it on them. I don’t say, ‘You’re going to do this.’ I just hand them a baseball and we start throwing it. I do a lot of things, basketball, football, fishing, hunting … and I hope that they can pick up some of this stuff and apply it to their life and be better young men from it.”

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Luke goes onto say that he hopes his kids “pick up the manners” and “treating ladies like ladies, and I hope they pick up being sweet to their mama … I hope they pick up that I allowed them to be themselves by trying to put a positive environment around them, and I hope they pick up the good stuff that dad does.”

How sweet is that? Luke, we have a feeling that your sweet boys are in good hands!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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