LISTEN: Luke Bryan Shares ‘Songs You Never Heard,’ a Heartfelt Tribute to His Late Brother, Chris

Grab the tissues because this new Luke Bryan song is bound to make you tear up.  The country superstar shared…


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August 7, 2021


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Grab the tissues because this new Luke Bryan song is bound to make you tear up. 

The country superstar shared a brand new track with fans on Friday (Aug. 6) to coincide with the premiere of his brand new docuseries, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary

The track, dubbed “Songs You Never Heard,” is an sentimental tribute to Bryan’s late brother, Chris, who was tragically killed in a car accident in 1996 when he was just 26 years old. Co-written by Bryan, Luke Laird and Josh Osborne, “Songs You Never Heard” was written in honor of Chris, who was one of Bryan’s biggest supporters as he pushed the Georgia native to pursue his musical dreams. They shared a love of country music and often listened to artists such as  Clint Black, George Strait and Keith Whitley when they spent time together. 

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The heartfelt song finds Bryan reminiscing on his brother and the times they shared together listening to the radio. As he thinks back to happier times, he also imagines that Chris is there to enjoy songs like Jamey Johnson’s “In Color” and shares how he can picture Chris there next to him singing “a little off key.” 

“Killing time singing “Killin’ Time”/ It was the soundtrack of our lives/ Chasing girls and growing up/ A lot about living, a little ’bout love/ Time marches on, there’s a lot of new/ Music and memories we’d be drinking to/ I think about it and I laugh until it hurts/ ‘Cause I can hear you singing along/ To songs you never heard,” Bryan emotionally sings on the chorus. 

Though Bryan’s songwriting skills are often looked over, this is a good reminder of just how deep his talent runs. 

Click above to listen to “Songs You Never Heard.” 

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Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary is streaming now on IMDB TV.

The five-part docuseries allows viewers to get up close and personal with a side of the “Crash My Party” singer that has never been shown before. In a compilation of original home videos, interviews and personal footage, the country singer shares the ups and downs that led to his unprecedented success.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.