July 23, 2007 BMI celebrated the success of Billy Currington's chart-topping single "Good Directions" with a party last week for Luke Bryan, one of the song's writers, The Tennessean reports.
Luke's co-writer, Rachel Thibodeau, who belongs to songwriter group ASCAP, also was present, but Luke was man of the hour. Billy couldn't attend the party because he's on doctor-ordered vocal rest.
"Luke Bryan is one of the most talked about artists out there," said Jody Williams, vice president of writer-publisher relations at BMI. "He works harder than most. He's a leader in his church. He's one of the most decent, rock-solid and talented gentleman in our business today."
Luke, whose own debut single "All My Friends Say" is in the high 20s on Billboard's country singles charts, said "Good Directions" would have gone nowhere without some steering from Currington.
"Billy has promoted me as an artist more than he promoted himself with this song," Luke said. "He said my name every chance he got, and I couldn't have had a song with a better artist."
Luke said he and his co-writer laughed their way through the writing process. "Rachel and I cut up the whole time," he said. "We never really had a title for the song. We don't even say the name of the song until the second to last line, and songwriting 101 tells you don't do that. We just started acting all goofy. It all came together just way above our talent."