A Day in the Life of Luke Bryan ...

I slept a little bit," Luke Bryan admits at 7:35 AM on August 9, 2011, the morning of the release of his third studio album, 'Tailgates & Tanlines.'

Luke, who has already squeezed in an early morning workout, sits in his dressing room, prepping for a performance on 'LIVE! With Regis & Kelly' at ABC's studios on New York City's Upper West Side.

"It's a little too perfectly round and poofy," he jokes, examining his hair in the vanity table mirror. "It don't matter, I'm going to put a hat on!" he insists with a laugh, a comment that is quickly met with a chorus of "No!"s from his entourage in the room. "You've got great hair! We agreed: you wore the hat last night, so no hat today!"

While getting camera ready for his first-ever appearance of the popular morning talk show, Luke takes a moment to reflect on his growth as an artist. "The biggest difference between this album over the first two is having more knowledge going in and recording, and making sure we took our time," he explains. "With the second album [2009's 'Doin' My Thing'], there were things I'd want to go back and record differently and sing better. With this album, we made sure when I was ready to sing that I was feeling great. We took our time, we never really got backed up against the time frame. I feel like, across the board, the vocals are some of the best I've ever done."

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