Strip It Down

Album: Kill the Lights (2015)
Charted: 30

Songfacts®:

  • Luke Bryan penned this mellow, romantic song with Ross Copperman (Brett Elderidge's "Lose My Mind," A Thousand Horses' "Smoke") and Jon Nite (Jake Owen's "Beachin'," Keith Urban's "We Were Us.") . The Georgia native said that he'd never really recorded a song like "Strip It Down" before. "I'm five albums in," said Bryan. "This is my fifth album and I've never really done like that slow dance, take your girl and have a big ole, big ole night of romance and all that, and 'Strip It Down' kind of does that and I'm interested to see how the fans react to that."
  • Luke Bryan had never written anything with Ross Copperman or Jon Nite prior to this song. "They come out to the house, we get set up, and Ross is kind of a track guy," the singer recalled to Taste of Country. "You know, a lot of people are writing with track guys these days, and it's pretty fun that these guys can build these ideas. I get to kind of sing along with them and write the song."

    "We just started doing lyrics, and singing lyrics with that mood," Bryan continued. "And then the title, 'Strip It Down,' came out of that."

    "Then we start into that chorus, where you talk about 'the belt turned loose from these old blue jeans,' and all that stuff was so visual," he added. "I remember we were feeling really, really good about this song in the moment."

    Nite and Copperman got together a few days later to complete the track and cut a demo. "The second I heard it, I was like, 'Home run!'" Bryan recounted. "Cuttin' it!"
  • Luke Bryan sings of a disconnected couple working to recapture that first spark they had. "We get busy in our lives," the singer told Billboard magazine. "Me and [wife] Caroline will be at dinner, and we'll be looking at our phones texting people. You know, sometimes you just have to strip it back, and I think everybody can relate to that."
  • Jon Nite was concerned that some of the song's sexual content such as, "Feel my belt turn loose from these old blue jeans," was just a little too specific. However, Bryan told Billboard that he had no intention of editing any of the lines. "I've never considered that once," he insisted. "When I was a kid, I used to sing 'When We Make Love' by Alabama, and I had no idea what the hell I was singing in the song. So I think the song is perfectly tasteful, perfectly sexy and perfectly real."
  • The song climbed to #1 on the country chart on October 3, 2015, becoming Luke Bryan's tenth chart-topping single.

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