Luke Bryan Tributes Late Brother in ‘Songs You Never Heard’

Heartfelt ballad is a companion to 'Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary.'

Written by Chris Parton
Luke Bryan Tributes Late Brother in ‘Songs You Never Heard’
Luke Bryan; Photo credit: Jim Wright

With his new IMDb TV docu-series, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, one of country’s biggest stars opens up his life, and his heart. But it doesn’t stop when the cameras turn off.

Tracing his path from Georgia farmboy to stadium-packing superstar, and all the ups and downs in between, Bryan’s new streaming series doesn’t hold back about the challenges he’s faced. And with a new song one of the most tragic challenges of his life comes into view. The just-released “Songs You Never Heard” describes the ongoing pain of losing his older brother, Chris, who died in a car accident in 1996 at age 26. 

Written by Bryan with Luke Laird and Josh Osborne, the heartfelt acoustic ballad celebrates the brothers’ close relationship — and their shared love of country music. Sadly, Chris isn’t around to sing their favorite songs anymore, and he never saw his brother’s achievements. But even though Bryan is now a multi-time Entertainer of the Year (and the reigning CMA EOTY), a father, husband and TV star on American Idol, he was a brother first.

On Today, Bryan shared more about the experience, including that his brother died the day before Bryan was set to move to Nashville, chasing his country dreams. After the accident he ended up staying behind, going to college and working on his father’s farm. But eventually, his dad told him to get his plans back on track.

“I remember the color of the sky the day we were riding in the truck, and I had the anxiety of asking my dad what did he think about me moving to Nashville,” Bryan said. “He was like, ‘If you don’t go, I’m going to kick you out of here. I’m going to fire you. I’m going to make you go.'”

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