Luke Bryan is currently embarking on his very first arena headlining tour. The Dirt Road Diaries tour features Luke along with Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square. As a longtime fan, seeing your favorite artist rise to super stardom is bittersweet. On one hand, it means that all of our hard work and support has finally paid off. The constant phone calls to radio stations requesting, sharing every appearance on social media, attending shows and buying albums…it’s all lead up to this…. Awards being won, songs hitting no. 1, albums going platinum, and their name in lights at the top of the roster. However, it does come at a cost…it means we’re no longer seeing our favorite star in tiny bars with tiny ticket prices…No longer getting a meet and greet at every show or just hanging out in the parking lot afterwards. It means our up close and personal time will now be spent in a crowd of tens of thousands.
This is how we felt on Saturday evening while watching Luke Bryan strut his stuff at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. His two-plus hour set proved he should be on that stage. He filled every moment and every square foot of his T-Shaped stage with music, fun, and signature hip shakin. Of course, we grinned from ear to ear, knowing the guy we’ve seen at The Bluebird Cafe and at The Tin Roof was exactly where he belonged…However, it was sad to realize that we were going to lose some pretty special moments.
Opening for Luke was new duo Florida Georgia Line. The guys have the energy of Green Day mixed with a modern country flare. The crowd ate up the guys, and sang along with gumption to their debut single “Cruise.”
Thompson Square has always been consistently good. They’ve honed their stage show thanks to a lot of practice on Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party tour. The couple work the crowd, and unlike so many other groups and duos, they give plenty of photo opportunities by sticking close and holding a pose. We’re thrilled to learn they are putting out a new album this spring because their songs “Glass,” “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not,” and “I’ve Got You” are perfection, especially live.
Of course the main attraction was Luke. Sporting a loose more move friendly jeans, Luke didn’t disappoint. He performed songs new and old, and maintained his ‘King of Covers’ status by performing Maroon 5′s “One More.”
A pleasant surprise is an impromptu acoustic set around halftime. The guys gather at the end of the catwalk to perform a few songs without all the glitz and glamour. “Dirt Road Diaries,” written by Luke and his Peach Picker buddies was a highlight of this set.
If you’re looking for a worth while concert to spend your hard earned money on, I give Luke’s Dirt Road Diaries tour two thumbs up. It’s worth twice the price of the ticket. The show started promptly at 7:30 and the set changes were brief. We left the arena after 11pm and there wasn’t a bad seat in the house.
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