Zach Bryan Issues Statement Following Arrest In Oklahoma

Bryan shared an apology after admitting, “emotions got the best of me.”


Lauren Jo Black

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September 7, 2023


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Zach Bryan; Photo by Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Zach Bryan issued an apologetic statement explaining the reason for his arrest on Thursday, September 7, in Oklahoma.

Hours after he was taken to the Craig County Jail, Bryan took to the social media platform X to address the incident.  

“I Was Out Line”

“Today I had an incident with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Emotions got the best of me and I was out of line in the things I said,” he began. 

Zach Bryan; Photo by Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Zach Bryan; Photo by Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

He went on to showcase his gratitude for law enforcement and share an apology. 

“I support law enforcement as much as anyone can, I was just frustrated in the moment, it was unlike me and I apologize. They brought me to jail, and there is a mug shot of me floating around. Prayers we can all move on from this and prayers people know I’m just trying the best I can, I love you guys and I am truly sorry to the officers.” 

TMZ first reported that Bryan was arrested on Thursday (Sept. 7) in his home state of Oklahoma. 

Obstruction of Investigation

The “Something In The Orange” singer was reportedly arrested in Vinita, Oklahoma and booked on a charge of “obstruction of investigation.” 

Bryan, 27, was transported to the Craig County Jail where a mugshot was captured. 

Zach Bryan Instagram Stories
Zach Bryan Instagram Stories

On Thursday, in what appears to be the hours before he was arrested, Zach Bryan took to Instagram to share a photo of sprawling farmland with the text “On the road again, gonna go see the birds win.”

He was likely referring to the Philadelphia Eagles. The NFL team is set to play on Sunday (Sept. 10) against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. 

2024 Tour

Bryan’s arrest comes just days after the pre-sale tickets for his massive 54-date headlining tour, dubbed The Quittin Time Tour ’24, went on sale.

Bryan’s Quittin Time Tour kicks off with back-to-back performances at United Center in Chicago, Illinois on March 6 and 7 before embarking on a cross-country journey. The Quittin’ Time Tour ’24 will find Zach Bryan visiting stadiums and major arenas throughout North America.

The trek includes stops at football stadiums in Denver, Foxborough, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Tampa, Arlington, and Minneapolis. The tour will wrap up in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, with back-to-back shows at the BOK Center on December 13 and 14.

The Quittin Time Tour also features an impressive lineup of supporting acts, including The Middle East, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Turnpike Troubadours, Sheryl Crow, Sierra Ferrell, Matt Maeson, and Levi Turner.

Self-Titled Album Out Now

The tour comes in support of his fourth full-length studio album, Zach Bryan, which arrived on August 25 via Warner Records.

Released on August 25, Zach Bryan includes 16 tracks and was produced entirely by Bryan himself. The album debuted at No.1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking Bryan’s first ever album to claim the top spot on the chart. 

Zach Bryan Album
Zach Bryan Album

“I love you guys and I appreciate you,” the singer/songwriter wrote on X after hearing the news. “This has been an unbelievable year.”

The project also features collaborations with The War And Treaty, Kacey Musgraves, The Lumineers and Sierra Ferrell. 

“Really proud to call the writing and production on somethin’ all mine,” Bryan captioned his reveal on social media. “thank y’all for your patience, I didn’t make this album to appease people who will never be happy anyways, I made it for my people, hope everyone has a good weekend.”

Billboard Hot 100 No.1

Bryan recently earned his first Billboard Hot 100 No.1 with “I Remember Everything” featuring Kacey Musgraves. 

The song debuted atop the all-genre chart, which incorporates various factors, including cross-genre U.S. streaming data encompassing both official audio and video streams, radio broadcasting reach, and sales data.

According to Billboard and Luminate, “I Remember Everything” raked in 33.7 million streams and sold 10,000 downloads for the week ending on August 31. While it’s not being promoted at country radio, the track also drew in 263,000 impressions at radio.


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Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ “I Remember Everything” follows Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream” as the second shared Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs chart-topper by a male artist and female artist.

“I Remember Everything” debuted at No.1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs, Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, and Hot Rock Songs charts.

Additionally, on Thursday morning (Sept. 7), Bryan earned a nod in for the 57th Annual CMA Awards in the New Artist of the Year category. This marks Bryan’s first CMA Awards nomination. 

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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.