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May 7

Luke Bryan’s Mom Is a “Good Thing” on Top 20

Luke Bryan and his mom, LeClaire Bryan, on the set of <em>Top 20 Country Countdown</em>. Photo by GAC Staff.

Luke Bryan and his mom, LeClaire Bryan, on the set of Top 20 Country Countdown. Photo by GAC Staff.

How sweet is this? Years after Luke Bryan left his Georgia home to try his hand at music in Nashville, his mom is paying him a visit on his new home turf just in time for her own red-letter day. Luke and LeClaire join host Nan Kelley for this weekend’s Mother’s Day edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Watch this cute clip from the show:

It’s a pretty good time for Luke. His song, “Rain Is A Good Thing,” is at No. 14 on the Top 20 list, and just last month he claimed the Academy of Country Music’s New Artist of the Year trophy. Luke was a bit overwhelmed at the time, but so was his mom.

“I think I was hyperventilating,” LeClaire says. “When I heard the ‘L’ come out [of the presenter’s mouth], I fell over into the lap of the man seated next to me, breaking a toenail and scraping my hand!”

She might be proud of her son, but Luke is proud of his mom, too. And that’s part of the reason he brought her along to GAC for Mother’s Day weekend.

“The more you father a child, the more you can appreciate mothers,” says Luke, who’s a dad and has a second child on the way. “Now that I’m older, I can more clearly see the sacrifices mothers make.”

Top 20 Country Countdown counts down the week’s top country videos from No. 20 to No. 1 as voted by viewers on each week on A new countdown premieres every Friday at 8 p.m. ET on GAC and airs again Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET; Sundays at 1 p.m. ET; and Mondays at 10 a.m. ET. Viewers can vote for their favorite videos, as well as purchase Top 20 artists’ albums and ringtones at


1. Carrie Underwood “Temporary Home”
2. Zac Brown Band “Highway 20 Ride”
3. Jewel “Stay Here Forever”
4. Miranda Lambert “The House That Built Me”
5. Uncle Kracker “Smile”
6. Bomshel “19 And Crazy”
7. Reba McEntire “I Keep On Lovin’ You”
8. Lady Antebellum “American Honey”
9. Carrie Underwood “Cowboy Casanova”
10. Danny Gokey “My Best Days Are Ahead Of Me”
11. Keith Urban “‘Til Summer Comes Around”
12. Alan Jackson “It’s Just That Way”
13. Clay Walker “She Won’t Be Lonely Long”
14. Luke Bryan “Rain Is A Good Thing”
15. Martina McBride “Wrong Baby Wrong”
16. Laura Bell Bundy “Giddy On Up”
17. Kellie Pickler “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”
18. Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins “Hillbilly Bone”
19. Chris Young “The Man I Want To Be”
20. Taylor Swift “Fearless”


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