Luke Bryan On Why Jelly Roll Is So Special
Luke Bryan announced that his January 17-20, 2024 “Crash My Playa” festival in Mexico will include sets from Jon Pardi, Bailey Zimmerman, Dustin Lynch, and, for the first time, Jelly Roll.
We talked with Luke recently, and he told us his thoughts on Jelly Roll. He said, “Jelly Roll and I have been at some events together. We hung out at a backstage festival a month and a half ago briefly. I think what Jelly Roll embodies and represents is something really, really special. When I’m around him, the way he holds himself. You are just drawn to him. He’s such a star in that role.”
Bryan added, “Every time I’m around the guy, he’s just so intriguing and interesting. I think his form of country music speaks to a potentially forgotten box of people in country music, and he’s able to really speak to that crowd. That’s what makes him special.”
Luke recalled what Jelly said when he was asked to do the festival, “When we were calling him to come to do ‘Playa,’ I was like, ‘God, I hope he says yes.’ I think any festival that I’m a part of, that I put my name on, is all about bringing somebody like Jelly Roll in. He called me up, he’s like, ‘Dude, I haven’t been out of the country. This will be the first time I’ve ever toured my music out of the country.’ Which is really fun.”
He continued, “What makes him special is, as a fan, you get to see into his world, which is a world of a lot of people, and I think that’s what you have to do to rise where he has risen. To speak to people and tell your story honestly. He tells his story the good, the bad, and the ugly, and I think that’s what people love about him. You know, life’s journey is not all squeaky, clean, and beautiful, with no bumps in the road. I think he lets a lot of people not feel alone.”