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Things You May or May Not Know About Luke Bryan

2011 CMT Music Awards Luke Bryan
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There is a good chance, no a definite certainty, that during any day you can turn on KLAW 101 and hear Luke Bryan.  Only being on the country music scene for just over four years, he is making a name for himself and making others take notice.

I have found some interesting things about Luke and since he is going to be in concert in Oklahoma City with Tim McGraw in August, I thought you might want to know a few things.

Luke was born in the Bi-Centennial year and was raised in Leesburg, Georgia, a small farming community of 2,633 people  140 miles south of Atlanta.   While Luke was growing up, he was like any other kid.  He participated in sports, enjoyed the great outdoors  and helped out on the family farm.   His dad raised peanuts and ran a fertilizer business.  He also had another job as well. He worked at Rubo’s grocery store in the summers when he was about 10. He was a stock boy and got $15 a day. As Luke grew up,he  stayed there and did it all. Bagger, cashier, whatever they needed him to do.

He got his first guitar at the age of 14 and soon was trading guitar licks with other local musicians.  He continued to practice and within a couple of years, he was beginning  to dabble with writing country songs.  He started working with some  writers who had enjoyed some local success in Nashville.  This is probably the turning point for Luke.

It took a while for Luke to really turn to the NW and head to Nashville.  In fact his father forced him to quit the agriculture business and do what he loved.  Writing and performing.   September 1, 2001 Luke arrived in Music City and hit the bricks.  Wtihin a couple of months he had forged a deal with Roger Murrah.  This is where Luke fine tuned his “own” work and at the same time started building a catalog of music.

Success was not too far away.  His debut album was released in 2007 which included “All My Friends Say” and “Country Man,” which each reached the Top 10 on Billboard‘s country albums chart.  Two years later Doin’ My Thing, which included the Top 10 single, “Do I.” The CD also featured “Rain Is a Good Thing,” which became Bryan’s first No. 1 single in 2010, and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” which topped the chart in 2011.

When Luke has some down time he is really into gaming.  His current favorite is Call of Duty now. We’re zombie killing.

He also likes Canadian donuts from Tim Horton’s.  Uh..Luke, I do not think you will find any of those in Oklahoma City.

Luke will wrap up his time with Tim McGraw and will not have too much down time as he will be off in September to headline the 10th annual CMT on Tour with special guests Lee Brice and Josh Thompson.  Dates and cities will be announce soon and will be at least 25 stops on the tour to promote Luke’s 3rd studio album.

His current hit “Country Girl Shake It For Me” is climbing the charts.  And the video is just as great as the song.

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