September 23, 2010
Georgia Southern alumnus and country music star Luke Bryan is bringing his Farm Tour back to the area Sept. 29. This is the show’s second year and was started by Bryan as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American farmer and offering a fun escape with outdoor shows.
“It’s going to be fun to be back,” Bryan said Wednesday, and rain or shine there will be a show. “Whatever happens, happens. We’ll have a good ol’ time either way.”
This year the show will return to Hurricane Plantation in Claxton. The gates will open at 3 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
"I’m lookin foward to being around the ol’ stompin' grounds," Bryan said.
A lot has changed for Bryan in the past year. Last year when Connect interviewed him, he was opening a lot of shows and playing with Kenny Chesney. But in the past year Luke has been headlining his own shows.
“Everything’s just been great out on the road, playing a lot of shows, headlining stuff all summer. I’ll be out with Jason Aldean in the next couple of weeks. Life is good,” Bryan said.
This year Byran has won two trophies at the 45th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards where he was named Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Artist, he was nominated as Best Male Country Artist and Country Album for the Teen Choice Awards, and recently brought home his first CMT Award — Breakthrough Video — for “Do I.” The win led to an emotional display from Luke, who tossed his jacket into the crowd.
“Winning the awards was a (surreal) moment,” Bryan said. “It was certainly a dream come true. To be nominated, and then to win, it’s still hard to believe it happened.”
Not only has he scored top ten hits with “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” but the singer-songwriter celebrated his first two No. 1 songs, “Do I,” the lead single from this album, and “Rain Is A Good Thing,” the second release. Both have also been certified as gold-selling singles.
“The fact that we've had a multi-week No. 1 was just amazing," Byran said.
In addition to professional success, Luke and wife Caroline welcomed son Bo into the world in 2008 and another son, Tate, was born in August 2010.
"We've got a 5-week-old little boy at the house," Bryan said. "It’s been great. He’s just a perfect little angel."
Not too bad for a South Georgia boy.