Track (Standing Room Only): $75
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Superstar and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is at the top of his game and yet, his new album, Crash My Party, proves he has no limits.
Crash My Party is the follow-up to Luke’s most successful album to date, tailgates & tanlines, which has been certified Double Platinum. That album featured three back-to-back Platinum singles and has sold over 9 million tracks.
Crash My Party debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Country sales chart, selling 527,783 copies, making it the largest sales debut for a Country male artist since 2004. Crash My Party’s sales debut is also the fourth highest album to debut across all genres in 2013. Additionally, Luke is one of only two country artists – the other being Taylor Swift – that have sold more than a half-million copies of an album in a single week since 2008. This is Bryan’s second consecutive Top 200 #1 album and since its release was certified Platinum within six weeks.
Crash My Party also releases on the heels of Luke’s most successful Spring Break series album, Spring Break…Here To Party, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and is certified Gold.
Luke’s 2013 Academy of Country Music Award wins for the highly coveted fan-voted Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Event (“Only Way I Know”) with Eric Church and Jason Aldean, along with his first-time ACM hosting duty with Blake Shelton, are just a couple of the recent career highlights Luke has enjoyed. He also took home the Artist of The Year Award at the America Country Awards in December, the night’s highest award, as well as Artist of the Year, Male and Touring Artist of the Year bringing his total career wins at the ACA’s to 12! And the amazing news is that the Leesburg, Ga., native has only scratched the surface of what he can achieve.
Bryan’s latest album, by far his best yet, builds on the success of his previous releases and proves that his rich musical mine has only begun to be tapped.
First single and title cut “Crash My Party,” a multi-week No. 1 single—another first for Luke’s career—is full of playful longing. “It’s a great hook and a great way to say, ‘come love on me,’” says Luke. The single has now sold a million copies since its release.
“I decided Crash My Party was perfect title for this album because, like the song, the album goes beyond the literal meaning of the title,” Luke explains. “The song isn’t what you think it is, it is unexpected, and in the same way fans will definitely hear some surprises on my new album. It still reflects my sound but you will get to hear a little bit deeper, different side to me musically as well.”
A different side indeed. Luke’s career album—once again produced by Jeff Stevens—includes, “Goodbye Girl,” which taps into a new vein for Bryan. “Usually I’m singing kind of loud and forceful and on ‘Goodbye Girl’ I’m using my tender, Conway Twitty-like, soft voice,” Luke says. “It’s one my favorite things I’ve ever recorded.”
Back road party song “Beer In The Headlights” may tread on familiar territory but the song finds Luke stretching vocally. “This album has some songs that showcase a big voice and long notes and we’ve never done that before,” Luke says, referencing “Beer In The Headlights,” the inspiring “Blood Brothers” and the head-over-heels love song “Roller Coaster.”
Luke calls the sticks-in-your-head “Play It Again” “one of the biggest hits on the album. How many times have you or your girlfriend had a favorite song and when it comes on it fires you up?” Luke says.
“Dirt Road Diary,” which Luke co-wrote with fellow Georgians Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, is the story of his life, he says. “It wrote itself. Dirt roads were an important part of my childhood.”
“’Dirt Road Diary’ is a song that I can envision country boys driving around on a dirt road listening to,” Luke adds.
Luke aptly named his first headline tour, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” which launched in January and wrapped with over 1.3 million fans attending the tour with all dates selling out! His new tour, “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” will launch in January 2014 and is already slated to include two sold-out Madison Square Garden shows.
His annual Farm Tour, which is held in every fall and is a way to give back to local farming communities, continues to connect the son of a peanut farmer with his rural roots. It’s not surprising then that rural themes are a staple for Luke’s music. “’Shut It Down’ is a song that touches on rural areas and farming and I feel like I always have to have those songs,” Luke says emphatically.
As with his new album, Luke is determined to give the fans on his headlining tour the most for their hard-earned money. “My main thing is to keep upping the ante and upping the sound and staying creative,” Luke says adamantly. “I don’t want to give the fans the same thing year in and year out. I want to give them something they’ll come back to for years and years to come.”
“I aspire to do it for many years at a high level and keep growing it,” he emphasizes. It’s amazing looking out there and knowing that the people in the audience are your crowd. They came to see you. It’s what I dreamed of when I moved to town.”
Luke had a number of dreams when he moved to Nashville but even he has to be surprised by his success, including multi-Platinum albums sales, back-to-back No. 1 singles and his first No. 1 album debut. His Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, Fla., in 2013 brought in 120,000 fans during the two-day concert event and his performance at the Houston Rodeo was the second largest attendance in the rodeo’s history with 75,000 fans. As if that weren’t enough, Luke’s career now boasts over four million in album sales.
For all he has achieved—and it’s plenty—Luke remains steadfast in what’s important to him: family. “I can’t be more happy in life than when I’ve got my family with me and I get to go out and do shows for a living,” says Luke. “The only negative about this is business is being away from your family, so when they’re out on the road with me, the negatives are removed and it’s nothing but positives.”
Luke calls his Entertainer of the Year nod “validation. It’s checking the biggest goal for your career off the list. It reminds me just how wonderful my fans are. It’s every emotion possible.”
As important as the award is, Luke says his life is filled with pinch-me moments. “Every night that I’m selling places out is a pinch me moment,” he says humbly. “When a fan comes up to me in the Boston airport because she recognized me is a pinch me moment. I tend to have a lot of pinch me moments. There’s a lot of amazing stuff coming my way and I try to remember it and appreciate it.”
With the imminent success of Crash My Party, it’s certain Luke will have plenty more pinch me moments to remember and appreciate.
So with Luke Bryan and special guest Lee Brice coming to the 2014 Great Jones County Fair it's going to be incredible night to remember! Come on out to see Luke Bryan and special guest Lee Brice!
Track (Standing Room Only): $75
Amphitheater & Hillside Bleachers: $65
The Florida Georgian Line w/Cole Swindell concert WILL NOT have reserved seating on the track and will be "standing room only" general admission on the track. Click on the chart above to see views of the stage from many different seating sections.