Luke Bryan salutes the iconic outdoorsman who inspired his love of fishing in the track, “Bill Dance.” And for its official video, Bryan hooks the man himself.
In case you’re somehow not familiar, Bill Dance is the famous bass fisherman who’s orange-and-white University of Tennessee hat has been on TV since 1968, with Bill Dance Outdoors airing over 2,000 shows. He helped inspire many-a-country boy to get out and wet a line, and Bryan was no different.
Co-written by Bryan with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, “Bill Dance” is a heartwarming country anthem all about perfect summer days on the water, with lyrics revealing that “country superstar” was actually Bryan’s second choice for profession. To bring that track to life, Bryan called up Dance himself and invited him to his farm outside of Nashville — and along with Bryan’s sons, Bo and Tate, they got down to business.
Directed by Michael Monaco, the video finds the Bryan family and Dance reeling in hefty large-mouth bass, with cameos by all three of the co-writers, Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris and Bass Fisherman Hall of Fame Inductee, Kevin VanDam.
“What a fun day with this legend,” Luke Bryan wrote on Instagram. “Thank you @Bill_Dance for allowing us to create such a special video that me & my boys will never forget.”
“Bill Dance” appears on the Deluxe edition of Bryan’s Born Here Live Here Die Here album, and the video follows the release of his new single, “Up” — which is the sixth radio single released from the project. Each of the previous five — “Waves,” “Down To One,” “One Margarita,” “Knockin’ Boots,” and “What She Wants Tonight” — reached Number One, and Bryan is currently out on his Proud to Be Right Here Tour.