Luke Bryan celebrated his latest No. 1 song “Drunk on You” on Sept. 17 at the CMA offices on Music Row. The BMI and ASCAP-hosted event honored Bryan’s fifth career No. 1 song, which was produced by Jeff Stevens and co-written by Rodney Clawson (George Strait’s “I Saw God Today”) and Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear, (co-writers of Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”).
Presentations were made by BMI’s Jody Williams, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, Big Red Toe Music’s Craig Wiseman, Big Yellow Dog Music’s Kerry O’Neil and Capitol Nashville’s Steve Hodges. The accolades continued with presentations from producer Jeff Stevens, Red Light Management’s Kerri Edwards, Avenue Bank’s Ron Cox, CRB’s Michelle Kammerer and CMA’s Brandi Simms.
Clawson said, “These songs are like little babies. We hand them off and we pray they turn out the way we want them to.” He then quickly added, “It turned out the way we wanted it to!” Tompkins recalled thinking about Luke when he first came to town, “Dude, you’ve got dollar signs floating above your head,” and admitted Bryan is “still the same as he was back then.”
Kear thanked everyone involved in the “entire chain” explaining, “This is a perfect scenario. Sit around with your friends you like to hang out with anyway. Write a song and laugh your ass off while you’re writing it. The perfect artist finds it. The perfect producer makes it. You hand it off to the label and they turn it into a bigger hit than you could ever hope for.”
Luke Bryan took the stage and called the song the “crown jewel” on the album and added this is a “career-changing, life altering song that I will thankfully have the privilege to sing the rest of my life.” Luke admitted he didn’t know what to think about the “Boom Boom” line in the song at first, but then realized fans would be calling radio stations asking for “that Boom Boom song.” “That’s what historically the big songs have, that line the fans can gravitate to.” He added, “These are the days we look back and pinch ourselves as we remember the truly remarkable moments in our life.”
Closing the event, Bryan presented Jack Daniels Single Barrel whiskey donned with commemorative medal tags for the writers and team behind the success of the song.
Craig Wiseman shed a tear.