Country sensation Luke Bryan spent most of his childhood on a farm in Leesburg, Georgia. He grew up helping his father in his peanut business and learning to hunt and fish like any good country/western singer must do.
He got his first guitar when he was 14 years old and his father and mother were extremely supportive, urging him to sing songs by the likes of the George Strait while they were driving around town every day in the family car. By the time Luke turned 15 he was already entertaining small crowds around town and his father often took him to local clubs to sing.
It was during one of these outings that two songwriters who wrote songs for several Nashville artists spotted him and asked him to join them at their writing sessions. Luke was hooked and, after he graduated from high school, he already has his plans made to pursue his musical career and move to Nashville.
Those plans were cut short by the tragic death of his brother in an automobile accident. “That shut down all plans to move,” Luke said. Not surprisingly, he stayed in Leesburg to be with his family during their time of grief. “The only thing on my mind was being with my family,” Luke said and, the fact is that the experience actually help him to become a more soulful songwriter.
Although he still managed to play in local clubs and even recorded an album, Luke put his plans of becoming a musician on hold for good when he chose to help his father in the family’s business.
His father, luckily, had other plans.
Knowing that his son’s passion for music was powerful, Luke’s father encouraged him to move to Nashville and told him that if he didn’t he would be “fired” from the family business. In September 2011 he finally made it to Nashville and, in just two short months, he had his first songwriting deal with a company that was owned by the famous songwriter Roger Murrah.
Recently Bryan took a page out of the Jason Aldean’s playbook and held a press conference to announce the dates for the second leg of his summer tour, the That’s My Kind Of Night tour. It’s going to be quite a tour this year considering that Luke is now the ACM Entertainer of the Year. The 2nd leg of the tour will see him stopping at some of the biggest venues that he’s ever played, including several stadiums, before the final show on October 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in California.