Luke Bryan Gases Up the Tractor for Southeastern Farm Tour
Like something akin to his own Farm Aid tour sans Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan has set out on the “Farm Tour” every year for the past four years, and this year will be no different.
The fifth annual incarnation of the trek will take place primarily in Bryan’s home state of Georgia throughout the first half of October, though he will also venture into Florida, Alabama and South Carolina for one date each.
Things will get started October 2 in Statesboro, Ga., followed by an October 3 show in Athens, Ga. After that, he will head to Columbia, S.C. (October 4), Macon, Ga. (October 5), Villa Rica, Ga. (October 9), Auburn, Ala. (October 10), Tallahassee, Fla. (October 11) and Valdosta, Ga. (October 12).
A press release says Bryan started the tour “as a way to give back to local farming communities by celebrating and lifting up the American farmer and offering an entertaining musical escape.” Last year, the series drew 100,000 fans, which was twice as many that came out during the 2011 roadtrip. Also during last year, eight students received the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship, which will be given out this year as well. The students must be a member of a farm family in one of the cities on the tour to be eligible.
Fans that catch the shows can likely expect some new music, as Bryan is set to release his next album on August 13. Crash My Party will be the singer’s fourth studio album, and is preceded by the title track as the first single.
Bryan is riding extremely high at the moment, and is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year. At last year’s American Country Awards, he won all 10 awards he was nominated for, including Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year.