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Wednesday, 30 July, 2008 10:42 PM

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Luke Bryan - On Tour With Kenny Chesney

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Luke Bryan performed at the Downtown Hoedown in 2007. Now, he is opening for Kenny Chesney this Saturday in Detroit.

by Jason Rzucidlo
americajr@americajr.com

LISTEN: Exclusive Interview with Capitol Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan [.MP3]

Luke Bryan is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney on his 2008 Poets & Pirates tour. The singer who’s best known for the song “All My Friends Say” is the opening act for the tour.

Bryan was born and raised in Leesburg, Georgia. He attended Georgia Southern University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and worked on his singing and songwriting skills.

“Being out there with Chesney is the highlight of my career,” he said. “It’s been really one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of and to see the conformity of country music and just how many people come out and support it is pretty incredible. Watching how he entertains is kinda how I get to learn from the best. It’s what you dream of as an entertainer and a singer.”

Bryan always dreamed of performing at Soldier Field in Chicago. He’s had the opportunity to do just that while being a part of the 2008 Poets & Pirates Tour.

“To be able to go out there and stand in the middle of it and sing my music was really one of the highlights of my career,” the country music singer said. “That’s something I’ll never forget. It’s just a big party. It’s fun, it’s exciting.”

Why does Kenny Chesney sell out arenas year after year?

“I saw an interview that he did one time and he sells fun better than anybody,” Bryan explains. “Anytime you come to one of his shows, so many people are just having the time of their lives. People work hard all week long and they spend all their money on these things. So this is their chance to come out and have some fun and put all their troubles behind them and kinda let their hair down. He just kinda set the tone for it. I think people have bought into it. That’s what the beauty of country music is. You work hard, build your fans up and they never let you down. They keep coming back for more.”

Bryan’s latest single is “Country Man” off his I’ll Stay Me album that was released in 2007. It is currently climbing up the charts.

“Well, it was a song that I wrote with some good friends of mine, Jason Matthews and Galen Griffin,” the singer said. “The song turned up to be something that was pretty fun. Obviously, for it to become a single, we’re certainly excited about that. The main thing about the song was just having a lot of fun.”

He recently won the Breakthrough Songwriter Award at the 20th Annual Row Awards.

“That was a pretty neat honor,” he said. “To be recognized by your peers and subscribers of a country music publication that vote for you, it was something that I didn’t think lightly. I was really honored.”

The country music singer performed for the very first time at the CMA Music Festival in June.

“We had our first fan club party,” Bryan said. “We had a chance to launch that and get that goin’ which was just the coolest thing in the world. It was a very emotional moment to sit there and say that I have a fan club. It was a real big week. Finally to end the week, being on the main stage at the CMA Fest and watching 40,000 people singing my songs back to me was crazy.”

Luke Bryan will open for Kenny Chesney at Ford Field on Saturday, August 2, 2008.


PHOTO BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

Luke Bryan got his first guitar at the age of 14. He then performed at local bars and clubs. Bryan was noticed by a record label executive and was signed to Capitol Nashville Records.

 

 

 

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