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Rain might be a good thing for Luke Bryan, but so are No. 1 songs and gold-selling albums. The singer celebrated both yesterday afternoon during a party at BMI's Nashville office.
Flanked by his management, radio promotion executives from Capitol Records Nashville, label president Mike Dungan, members of the Country Music Association and Country Radio Broadcasters and several members of his family, Luke Bryan admitted that his recent No. 1 is special to him because of his co-writer. Luke penned "Rain Is a Good Thing" with longtime friend, college buddy and hit songwriter Dallas Davidson. The pair received several plaques to commemorate their success, including one that featured a collage of pictures of Luke and Dallas from their college days. Luke also received a customized No. 1 trophy in the shape of a raindrop.
Luke tells Country Weekly that the song is a tribute to his hometown, the farming community of Leesburg, Ga. "Growing up where we grew up in Georgia, rain was such a good thing and intricate part of our society down there, and we feel like we told the story correctly."
The biggest surprise of the evening came when Mike surprised Luke and his team with the news that his album Doin' My Thing has just reached gold status, selling more than 500,000 copies. The news prompted a fist pump and a "Hell yeah!" from the singer.
Of course, one of the most well-known lines of "Rain Is a Good Thing" is Whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky. So is it true? "Well, I feel like my baby's got a little frisky on the whiskey at one time or another," he says with a laugh.
Luke's elation at his career success is trumped only by his happiness over the recent birth of his second son, Tatum, who was born in August. "It's fun being me. To have my family growing and songs going No. 1, you have to step back and take a second and appreciate what's going on. I've been fortunate, but it's taken a lot of people and a lot of hard work and sacrifices from everybody. It's fun to be on this end of it," he told Country Weekly. "I've got two healthy kids and a beautiful wife. To have the career rockin' is fun."
Gushing over his new little boy, Luke says, "He had his first smile today, and he's opening his eyes and becoming more alert. When you're the dad, you can hold him, but when he gets crawling and gets to where he can start wrestling, it will get a little more interesting around my house." He says that he aims to get his children on a tour bus to travel with him at some point, before his oldest son, Bo, heads to school.
In the meantime, Luke will be on the road with Jason Aldean, and is nominated for New Artist of the Year at the upcoming CMA Awards.