Luke Bryan will give fans an inside look at his personal life with a brand new docuseries. Teaming up with IMBd TV, the singer will share exclusive footage from his life at home and on the road in the five-part series, Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary. The singer talked about the Michael Monaco-directed series during a recent appearance on The Ellen Show.
“I was kind in the evolution of artists that started hiring camera guys to come out and document stuff for weekly posts and stuff,” Bryan explains to host Ellen DeGeneres. “And through that, my director of the documentary, Michael Monaco, I mean, he was capturing my life. And there’s A) the challenges of trying to navigate the music business. But then the challenges of all of the loss of some of my siblings and my family members. I mean, we left like, ‘let’s put this thing out.’ It’s been a tough year for everybody and if people see my challenges and the things I’ve kind of had to go through in life, maybe it’ll inspire some people, certainly in these times, to dust themselves off and keep rocking.”
DeGeneres agreed, crediting Bryan for getting through the obstacles while also taking in his late sister’s children after both she and their father passed away (his sister Kelly passed away in 2007, a month after Bryan’s Opry debut. Her husband, Ben Lee Cheshire, died unexpectedly in 2014, leaving their three children without parents. Bryan’s brother Chris also died in a car accident in 1996).
“I tell people, if you’ve lived this life long enough, life’s gonna get you. You can’t be living this long, beautiful life without some ups and downs and challenges. And we’ve certainly had those. I think this documentary really shows the struggles and stuff that you have to deal with from time to time,” added Bryan.
During his time on The Ellen Show, Bryan also talked about American Idol, his recent ACM Entertainer of the Year win and hilariously addressed the rumor that he fathered Maren Morris’ baby. The singer also performed “Born Here, Live Here Die Here” from his latest deluxe album of the same name.
Fans can catch Bryan every Sunday and Monday night on ABC’s American Idol. He’ll also head out on the road for his headlining 2021 Proud To Be Right Here Tour. His annual Crash My Playa destination concert event also returns in January 2022, and is already sold out.