Luke Bryan just doin' his thing, playing Oklahoma City Thursday
From Wednesday’s Life section of The Oklahoman.
Country singer’s doin’ his thing
Luke Bryan, who is having a breakout year, will play Thursday at Oklahoma City Arena with fellow Georgia native Jason Aldean
“Just Doin’ My Thing” has paid off for Luke Bryan in a big way.
The country singer-songwriter has experienced a breakout year since releasing his sophomore album last October: He scored his first two No. 1 hits with “Do I” and “Rain Is a Good Thing,” won top new vocalist and new artist at the Academy of Country Music Awards and snagged the breakthrough video trophy for “Do I” at the CMT Music Awards.
“No question, it’s been the biggest year of my career, and a lot of things have happened, a lot of positive things,” Bryan said in a phone interview from Champaign, Ill., where he was watching hunting shows in his bus before a concert. “Certainly, I love the position I’m in now, so I can’t complain about anything. Not one thing.”
He certainly isn’t complaining about playing for packed arenas before fellow Georgia native Jason Aldean on his tour, which is stopping Thursday night at Oklahoma City Arena (formerly Ford Center).
“Jason and I, we’re real good friends, and to get to be out here with friends and playing music makes it a good time,” said Bryan, who next year will tour with Rascal Flatts, which includes Joe Don Rooney of Picher. “As an opener, your job is to get everybody ready and get the whole vibe started of the whole concert. … Try to get everybody’s energy up and get the blood flowing.”
While he often sings laidback country anthems, Bryan, 34, takes his job seriously. He grew up on a peanut farm in Leesburg, Ga., and moved to Nashville, Tenn., after his dad threatened to fire him from the family business if he didn’t take a chance on his musical dreams. The singer-songwriter credits his gold-certified success to working hard, picking the right songs and putting on the best live show he can.
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