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Dec 15

Luke Bryan Shares Christmas Memories, Traditions

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2014 has been the best year of Luke Bryan’s career to date, bringing with it sold-out tours and stadium shows, several No. 1 songs, and a slew of awards, including the trophy for CMA Entertainer of the Year. He also has a loving wife and two healthy boys at home.

After such a great year, the only thing he wants this Christmas season is a little bit of down time before kicking off a busy 2015. He’s especially looking forward to Christmas morning.

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“With having two young boys, Christmas morning, watching them grow older and starting to understand Christmas and understand the excitement of Christmas, it’s just fun watching them tear into toys and sitting on Santa Claus’ lap at the mall, watching them pick what they want Santa Claus to bring,” he said. “And honestly, teaching them what the real reason for Christmas is and the reason for the season. It’s just great having them around, and certainly, Christmas isn’t anything without kids.”

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Dec 12

Luke Bryan Is 2014′s Most Played Artist on TouchTunes

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If you were in a venue with a jukebox in 2014, chances are, you heard a Luke Bryan song. According to TouchTunes, the largest in-venue interactive entertainment platform in North America, Bryan was the Top Played Artist in 2014, based on songs played across its network of over 60,000 jukeboxes.

“Since I started my career playing bars across this country, it makes me proud to be TouchTunes’ Top Played Artist this year,” Bryan said. “I hope I can continue to make music that makes people want to have fun.”

AC/DC came in at No. 2 on the list, followed by Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Kid Rock, Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, George Strait, and Metallica round out the top 10.

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Nov 10

Luke Bryan Reflects on Winning CMA Entertainer of the Year

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Luke Bryan wins Entertainer of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards.

Luke Bryan won his first-ever CMA Award last week, and it just so happened to be a big one – Entertainer of the Year. He received the award from four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks, whom Bryan thanked for paving the way for artists like himself  to follow their dreams – after he asked Brooks for another hug.

“The fact that I had never met Garth, and Garth handed me the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award, y’all, that is just like, that is just crazy to me,” Bryan said. “You know, as a kid, he was somebody that when you saw how he put on a show, it was undeniable, just put on a show like Garth. I don’t know, just a lot of work, a lot of beautiful, amazing people getting me here right now.”

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Nov 6

Top 10 Moments of the 2014 CMA Awards

CMA Awards 2014 Hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley

The 48th Annual CMA Awards is dubbed as “country music’s biggest night” and this year’s show lived up to the hype, with cross-genre collaborations, first-time winners, a heartfelt acceptance speech from a country legend, and, of course, hilarious co-hosts. In no particular order, here our Top 10 Moments from this year’s CMA Awards:

1. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Hosts Extraordinaire

In their seventh year of co-hosting the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood once again brought the funny. They opened by acknowledging George Strait’s retirement and the fact that he was in attendance and scheduled to perform, with Paisley saying “I’m pretty sure when someone rides away, they go somewhere.” Underwood piped up, asking “Do you need one of us to give you a ride?” Paisley and Underwood also covered current events, including Underwood’s pregnancy – Paisley revealed it’s a boy! – Ebola, and, of course, Taylor Swift’s departure form country, also known as “Postpartum Taylor Swift Disorder.” The pair said country music would simply need to “Shake It Off.”

Luke Bryan CMA Awards 2014

2. Luke Bryan Wins Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks made his triumphant return to the CMA Awards stage to present Entertainer of the Year to Luke Bryan. His first win in the category, Bryan was emotional as he accepted the award. “First of all, I’ve never met Garth,” he said. “Can I hug you again?” After giving Brooks one more hug, he returned to the mic. “I hope I can have enough time to say everything on my mind,” he said. “I have some angels in Heaven. My brother and sister are up there making this night happen for me.” After thanking his family, friends, and the team that supports him, he added, “We’re gonna have a good time tonight.”

Miranda Lamber all about that bass

3. Miranda Lambert and Meghan Trainor’s Delightful Duet

Miranda Lambert teamed up with pop star Meghan Trainor to open the show. The pair performed a memorable, countrified rendition of Trainor’s smash hit “All About That Bass.” Later, Paisley told Trainor she had a place in country music – she just had to wear a pair of cutoffs and change the words to “All About That Bass” to “All About That Bass” – as in a bass fish.

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Nov 5

Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and More Share Best CMA Awards Memories

1984 CMA Award for Best Female Vocalist: REba McEntire

Reba McEntire at the 1984 CMA Awards, after winning her first Best Female Vocalist of the Year award

The CMA Awards are billed as “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” Part of that moniker comes from the memorable moments on stage during the show. Country stars attend not only as nominees, but also as fans. The ladies of Little Big Town share their favorite memories from years gone by.

“Seeing Reba win Female Vocalist for the first time, Vince Gill performing for the first time and wondering who he was – voice of an angel,” Karen Fairchild said. “All these great moments of discovery for us, as fans of country music watching that show, and that’s still what it is for so many people.”

“I remember as a kid just really paying so much attention to the audience, those first few rows and who’s on there and who are they sitting with and what did they have on,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “It was so glamorous, so glamorous, especially back then. I don’t know if it comes off nearly as glamorous now, but back then it felt so much bigger than life.” Continue Reading

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Oct 29

Luke Bryan and David Nail Know “Good” Halloween Candy

Luke Bryan at CMA Awards and David Nail at ACM Honors

Luke Bryan photo courtesy of CMA; David Nail photo courtesy of ACM.

If you happen to live in Luke Bryan’s neighborhood, be prepared to hand out the “good candy” when he brings his two boys to your door to trick-or-treat. He uses the opportunity to take sons Bo and Tate door-to-door to learn more about his neighbors.

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“We’re looking forward to trick-or-treating, and doing it in our neighborhood,” he said. “You can find out a lot about your neighbors by what kind of candy they put out. “Like full bars of Snickers bars and Reese’s cups. But the old chocolate popcorn ball of stuff, that’s no good either, like Dots – you get Dots one time of year and they pull your teeth.” Continue Reading

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Oct 8

Luke Bryan Reaches No. 1 with “Roller Coaster”

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Luke Bryan has topped the charts once more. His latest single, “Roller Coaster,” reached No. 1 on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country singles chart this week. This marks the fifth No. 1 from Bryan’s most recent album, Crash My Party.

“‘Roller coaster’ is what I feel like is just … a masterpiece from front to back,” Bryan said of the song. “Man it’s powerful! The second I heard it, I knew I was going to cut it. I drove right over to my producer’s house, I said, ‘This is one for the album.’” Continue Reading

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Sep 30

Luke Bryan Honored With a Corn Maze in Tennessee

Luke Bryan Corn Maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm

Photo courtesy of Honeysuckle Hill Farm.

Luke Bryan is the latest country star to get the corn maze treatment. The country superstar’s image has been made into a corn maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm in Springfield, Tenn. Every September, the farm and others throughout Tennessee honor the state’s rich music tradition by creating mazes in the likeness of country stars like George Jones, Kellie Pickler, Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson.

The maze at Honeysuckle Hill Farm, located just 35 minutes north of Nashville, features Bryan’s face with the words “Nashville [hearts] Luke Bryan.” In addition to the Luke Bryan corn maze, other activities at the farm include a zip line, bonfire and haunted house. Continue Reading

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Sep 20

Luke Bryan Explains Why His Farm Tour Isn’t Just for Fun

Luke Bryan Farm Tour

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Luke Bryan is bringing a few friends along on his sixth annual Farm Tour. Cole Swindell, The Peach Pickers – songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben HayslipChancie Neal, and DJ Rock have been announced as special guests on the tour when it kicks off October 1 in Knoxville. Proceeds will go to scholarships for students from farming families in the community, which means the annual shows are about more than bringing Bryan’s live show to farm towns.

“Farm Tour is just fun to me, and it’s something that anytime you can start something that starts small and grow it,” Bryan said. “We never want to make it this really ginormous thing that we can’t control, but we want to make sure it’s on our terms, and we love doing it. And then we want to make sure that the communities that we partner up with, from the sheriff’s office to the highway patrol guys to the colleges to the college kids, we want to make sure it’s a positive thing at the end of the day for the communities.” Continue Reading

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Sep 16

Luke Bryan Will Kick Off Farm Tour 2014 on October 1

Luke Bryan Kicks off Farm Tour

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Luke Bryan will kick off his sixth annual Farm Tour in Knoxville, Tenn., on October 1. The tour will hit several farm towns throughout the southeast before wrapping October 11 in Macon, Ga. As in previous years, a portion of proceeds will go to local college scholarships for students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

Last year, Bryan’s Farm Tour played for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns, breaking the previous year’s record. The “Harvest Time VIP Experience” will be available on the tour. The package includes a general admission ticket, a VIP viewing area, a parking pass, access to VIP-only restrooms, limited edition Farm Tour poster, private cash bar and more.
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