September 25, 2012
From staff reports
They say “rain is a good thing,” and in the past few years, even heavy rain hasn’t stopped throngs of people from heading out to an area farm to watch country music star Luke Bryan perform. There has been such interest from fans, in fact, that Bryan decided last year to swap up the venue to accommodate more people ready to “shake it” at his show.
This year, the Georgia Southern alumnus is bringing his Farm Tour back to the Statesboro area Wednesday, Oct. 3, for a show at Longneedle Farm in Claxton.
Bryan’s Farm Tour began four years ago as a way to give back to agricultural communities by celebrating farmers and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows.
“Being from a rural farming community, the Farm Tour is something I have envisioned for a very long time,” he said. “I love the thought of setting up on a farm and building our own little world, starting small and growing it each time. We can never do enough to bring awareness to the hardworking farmers of this country.”
Proceeds from the concerts are made available each year as a scholarship for a student from a farming family who is attending a local college in each community where the shows take place, including Georgia Southern University, where Bryan majored in business management and was a member of Sigma Chi.
“You know, a lot of the college kids are supporting the tour, and we just want to try to give back a little bit,” Bryan told Connect Statesboro.
Bryan is originally from Leesburg, Ga., but says he has “a lot of roots planted in the Statesboro area, a lot of friends (here).”
Bryan’s success has led him far from the stage at Legends, where he played his first show in Statesboro, to much larger stages across the country. The busy entertainer recently scored his third consecutive platinum single with “Drunk On You,” from his newest album, tailgates & tanlines
. The single joins Bryan’s previous platinum tracks “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and the two-week No. 1 hit “I Don’t Want This Night To End.” He is one of only three country artists, including Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift, to have three consecutive platinum-selling tracks on their current albums.
In an interview last year, Bryan talked with Connect Statesboro about his growing popularity.
“You never really get used to any of this, I don’t think,” he said. “You just have to make sure you’re enjoying it all and keeping a smile on your face, and my main thing is just getting out there and making sure you’re having fun with everything and enjoy the good times and make the most of all the opportunities.”