Luke Bryan has undoubtedly been one of the rising stars of 2013, coming to prominence as one of country music’s leading draws. His 2011 “Tailgates and Tanlines” album took his career to the next level, and this culminated in the prestigious ACM Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2013 awards.
His career launched with extensive supporting duties, and Luke Bryan-artist has toured heavily in recent months with Jason Aldean and Tim McGraw. But as his star starts to shine that much brighter, it now looks as if his days as a supporting act are coming to a close. His forthcoming “Dirt Road Diaries” tour is Bryan’s first opportunity to headline a US tour. With venues right across the country, Bryan looks set to close out the year on yet another high.
While Luke Bryan was no doubt a late convert to the country music scene as a performer, his rise to stardom since 2011 has been astronomical. Each of the singles from his platinum-selling, award winning Tanlines album were national number ones, and his latest single “Crash My Party” has smashed straight to the number one spot yet again.
Much of Bryan’s appeal comes through in his authentic southern image. He is the essence of the south, and that, combined with heartfelt lyrics has made him one of the scene’s brightest potentials over the last couple of years. His 17-song headline show at the Comcast Center showed the singer in his most talented light, as one of the defining country music stars of the last decade.
On stage, it is his distinctive persona that shines through and makes Bryan such an attractive prospect for fans. Drinking moonshine, photos of the crowd from the stage, and a host of other antics have given his shows a particular characteristic. So much so, Bryan has been described as a “younger Kenny Chesney”. But the music too is professional and well-arranged, and there’s much more to this young talent than might at first meet the eye.
It remains to be seen how this translates across a much longer national tour, but few would question his ability to sell out those venues that make up his tour.
Bryan’s show is a mix of upbeat, party songs and more tender, softer moments, and in almost equal measure he manages to blend the two together. These elements make his show a series of ups and downs, guaranteed to get concert-goers on their feet earlyon. His show closes with a rendition of “Country Girl,” which was of course the first defining record in Bryan’s career.
Bryan’s star is nodoubt rising, and he’s already considered to be one of the biggest draws in all of country music. In the future, there may well be a transition to screen and other acting roles, and Bryan hasn’t ruled out the possibility that he would entertain film roles. What is certain is that Luke Bryan has a continually growing fan base, both nationwide and globally, which will no doubt provide a solid foundation on which his career can grow.