Who Is Emily Weisband, Luke Bryan’s Duet Partner on ‘Hungover in a Hotel Room’?
Luke Bryan has revealed his duet partner on the new What Makes You Country album. Songwriter Emily Weisband joins Bryan on "Hungover in a Hotel Room," and it's not her first mainstream country duet.
Weisband also joined new artist Drew Baldridge for a song called "Rebound" earlier this year, and before that penned Josh Abbott Band's "Wasn't That Drunk," which ended up becoming a breakout collaboration with newcomer Carly Pearce.
Additional co-writes for Weisband include Keith Urban's "Gettin' in the Way" from Ripcord, several songs from Lauren Alaina's Road Less Traveled album and the Grammy-winning "Thy Will" from Hillary Scott's 2016 Christian album. Thomas Rhett, Tim McGraw and RaeLynn are three more she's written songs for.
Bryan says Weisband's voice is similar to what came on the demo of the song, and he wanted something dreamy. He'd previously revealed to Taste of Country Nights that there would be a female collaborator.
“The song is a stretch for another female artist to really want to plant their flag in, if you think about it.” he says. “I love the song because it is that.”
“At the crutch of it all, I just think the song is just as sexy and cool as you can get," the star adds.
Bryan begins each verse of the song before Weisband responds with lyrics that are conceptually similar to what Carrie Underwood does during Urban's "The Fighter." Together they take the chorus of a steamy, one night stand (but maybe more?) love song.
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One person who doesn't love every bit of "Hungover in a Hotel Room" is Bryan's wife, Caroline. He shares that a lyric that involves Bloody Mary beverages and cigarettes puts her off. She thinks it's gross!
“I’m like baby, Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris just had cigarette in their (song) and I don’t think Thomas Rhett and Maren Morris are chain-smoking Marlboros," Bryan says, referring to the chart-topping "Craving You."
Bryan's What Makes You Country album drops Dec. 8. His current single from the 15-track project is "Light It Up."
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