Every year since 2009, Luke Bryan has released a new Spring Break-themed EP, geared around his annual spring break shows in Panama City. The idea back then was that this was an outlet for Bryan to play some party-themed songs that wouldn’t necessarily make it on the track list of his mainstream releases.
As it turns out, these highly sing-able songs have become something of a country-rock soundtrack for spring breakers, and what was once a side project of sorts has become mainstream. Hence, the release of Spring Break…Here To Party, a compilation of favorites from Bryan’s previous four spring break EPs, plus two new tunes to round things out.
Because so much of this material is previously released, it becomes difficult to classify this as a new album; it’s more like a “greatest spring break hits” record. If you have been following Bryan’s Spring Break series, you’ve already heard most of these tunes, and unless you’re one of those obsessive fans who collects all things Luke Bryan, you won’t have much motivation to buy this record (except maybe to download the new tracks).
But if this is your first taste of “Spring Breaker” Luke Bryan, then Spring Break…Here To Party is likely your best option—because the individual EPs have apparently gone off the market to make room for this record.
While more conservative types might raise a few eyebrows at the idea of a country singer playing to the excesses normally associated with spring break parties, in a roundabout way Bryan’s Spring Break series is helping to moving country music into the next generation by taking direct aim at the college crowd. And apparently, it’s working; last year’s Panama City dates drew 40,000 young people to the beach for each show.
As is his custom, Luke Bryan will be playing his annual dates at Spinnaker’s Beach Club in Panama City, March 12 and 13. But if aren’t able to make those dates, at least Spring Break…Here To Party can help bring the party to wherever you are.