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Luke Bryan Personally Apologizes to Those Hurt by Outlaw Country Comments

By    |   Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 09:13 AM

Luke Bryan found himself apologizing this week after he appeared to slam outlaw country legends like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings during an interview earlier this month.

In a July 9 interview with HITS Daily Double, Bryan seemed to have harsh words for the outlaw country music movement of the 1970s, according to The Tennessean.

"I think that people who want Merle, Willie, and Waylon just need to buy Merle, Willie, and Waylon," Bryan told interviewer Simon Glickman. "I've never been a 'Those were the good old days' kind of guy. I'm not big on looking back on the past. I'm not an outlaw country singer. I don't do cocaine and run around. So I'm not going to sing outlaw country. I like to hunt, fish, ride around on my farm, build a big bonfire, and drink some beers — and that's what I sing about. It's what I know. I don't know about laying in the gutter, strung out on drugs. I don't really want to do that."

Bryan's words angered Kathy Pinkerman Jennings, who is married to Jennings' son Buddy, and she responded on Facebook.

"I hope your family members are proud of you for using your worldwide platform to take the time to disrespect my father-in-law," Pinkerman Jennings posted. "You have managed to prove to the world your true self. Albeit that Waylon's drug use is well documented and something he overcame, I assure you, he was never 'laying in a gutter.'"

Bryan later took to Twitter to explain his remarks.







Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings' son, said Bryan personally called his mother, former country singer Jessi Colter, to extend an apology, according to the Los Angeles Times.

"Luke Bryan called my mom today to clarify that he would never disrespect my dad or me or any of us," Shooter Jennings said. "He also asked for Buddy's number to call Kathy. Whether or not he does, that takes a lot of guts. I misfired and said some things in the past about people, namely John Mayer. And I didn't have the guts to apologize. So, that being said, that kinda won me over."

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