“I always dreamed of coming to Nashville and putting music out that drove people to come to a live show and join in the live show experience,” says Luke Bryan in Luke Bryan Farm Tour, a concert special premiering Wednesday, November 28 at 10p|9c on Great American Country (GAC). Luke’s energetic, hit-filled live show was filmed before 14,000 of his closest friends at one of his Farm Tour stops in Athens, GA. As the tour’s charitable endeavor, proceeds from the Farm Tour go to college scholarships for students from a farming family within the communities the tour played. GAC is pleased to present the platinum star’s first televised concert special.
“Growing up in Georgia we’d put some speakers in a tractor shed, call a few folks, light a big bonfire, collect money at the cattle gate and that was our gig,” Luke jokes about the Farm Tour prototype. “This is the same thing; it’s just a lot bigger.” The star’s recent eight-city Farm Tour attracted 100,000 fans, doubling the attendance of his ’11 Farm Tour. Swelling crowds are something he’ll have to get used to as he embarks on his first headlining tour, Dirt Road Diaries, in 2013 and he’s quick to give credit to Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. “When I rewind and look back over the years of getting to open for Chesney and McGraw and Aldean, I’ve taken little things and watched what they do,” he says. “The pressure is trying to put on the best show and reinventing what the country music audience might have already seen.”
Viewers will be treated to performances of “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” “Drunk on You,” “Don’t Want This Night to End,” ”Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Shore Thing,” “Country Girl Shake It For Me” and “Mukalee Creek Water” backed by his band and surrounded by state-of-the-art staging, lighting and even fireworks. They’ll also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into everything that goes into producing such a large-scale concert. While in Athens, Luke also stops by the Georgia Theatre, the place that while growing up, he dreamed of playing. “I’ll never forget the joy of selling out the Georgia Theatre and the fact that we never had set lists onstage, I’d just call the songs out,” he recalls. “I never want to lose that spontaneity, I’ve always wanted to keep it real, let it be about having fun and grow the show.”
Luke recently picked up his first American Music Award for “Favorite Male Country Artist;” he’s had quite the year and is currently enjoying a three-week No. 1 single, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.” He also just celebrated three back-to-back double platinum singles, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “I Don’t Want This Night To End” and “Drunk On You,” all from his platinum-certified album, tailgates & tanlines. The Leesburg, GA, native has achieved six career No. 1 singles and tailgates & tanlines has remained a Top 5 album for all of 2012. Bryan will launch his first major headlining tour — the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” — January 17.
Luke is also nominated for seven American Country Awards. The ACAs will air Monday, December 10 at 8p|7c on FOX.