Earfull: Luke Bryan


A Country Sell-Out

The only thing country superstar Luke Bryan knows how to do is sell records, win big awards and sell out concerts

 

Mega-country superstar and the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is at the top of his game and packing arenas throughout the U.S. Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night Tour” hits Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, on Friday, Feb. 14. Unfortunately for those fans without tickets, the show sold out shortly after going on sale. It was one of the fastest shows to sell out in the venue’s 15-year history (two of Bryan’s shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City sold out in a few minutes). The tour, which kicked off in January and runs through March 8, also features country stars Lee Brice and Cole Swindell.
Bryan’s latest record, Crash My Party, debuted at No. 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. 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. 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 Male Artist of the Year and Touring Artist of the Year bringing his total career wins at the ACAs to 12.
Bryan called his Entertainer of the Year nod somewhat of a validation.
“It’s checking the biggest goal for your career off the list,” he said. “It reminds me just how wonderful my fans are. It’s every emotion possible.”
Bryan goes on to talk about his life and the unreal moments he experiences day-to-day. “Every night that I’m selling places out is a pinch-me moment,” he says. “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.”