Luke was recognized with an award for One Million Plays for his song “All My Friends Say” which was given to him by Williams. Mike Dungan, Capitol Records Nashville President/CEO and CMA Board President gave insight into some of the stories behind the songs which brought much laughter amongst those in attendance. His admiration for Luke Bryan was obvious, as was his excitement of the upcoming CD set for release on October 6th.
Luke took the microphone to introduce the new CD and thanked everyone for coming. The first single was a collaboration written by Luke Bryan, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, with backup vocals by Hillary Scott. “Having the excitement and support of Lady Antebellum behind me was so encouraging and made this so fun” said Bryan. He was gracious with his recognition of all the people who were behind him, from producers, co-writers, publishers and his label along including all the great people along the way throughout his career. He said “It all boils down to having fun and having a project that moves people and makes them want to buy the album.”
Immediately following the listening party, the outdoor concert began across the street, with opening acts Larry Bagby, Martin & Ramey, King Billy and David Nail followed by the star of the show and top billing Luke Bryan, who had the crowd singing along with all of his songs until well after midnight to a high energy, crowd pleasing show.
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