Prior to his performance on Thursday night at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Luke Bryan reflected to the media about the big night he enjoyed on the 2014 CMT Music Awards, where he won a pair of trophies, and also performed twice - his most recent chart-topper "Play It Again," and "This Is How We Roll," with Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo.
"Last night was a riot. We put a lot of work in on Wednesday. We met with Jason's guys, and the FGL guys," Bryan says. Though the day was long, Bryan said he enjoyed every minute. "We spent about two hours working on it before going into the actual rehearsal, and then an hour rehearsal, then the dress rehearsal. Then, when the awards start, and you're winning these awards, all these amazing things start happening, then you find yourself at an after party till about 2am, but it was a great day."
At that after-party, the Capitol Nashville recording artist indulged in a new passion. "There was some karaoke with a fun group of people," he said. "My wife and I woke up on Thursday agreeing that it was one of the most fun things we've done in this town."
Bryan also took time out to discuss "Roller Coaster," which is the rumored fifth single from his latest disc.
"The first time I heard it, it was one of the first songs that I knew would be on Crash My Party. I listened to it, and it just floored me – the visuals of it, and obviously the fact that I grew up going to the beach – and the guys who wrote it, Michael Carter and Cole Swindell, have been in my life for years. The fact that they wrote something so spectacular made me excited. It's one thing to record one of my buddies' song, but when you feel like it's going to be a great song and single, you're very excited about that."
Bryan says he knew instantly the song was special.
"When Cole and Michael played it for me, I went to my producer Jeff Stevens, and played it for him. That was about two years ago, and the song has been in the back of our mind since then. We're laying it out there for the world now. I think it's an amazing song from top to bottom."