Bryan announces tour, releases video
Thursday, October 26, 2017
– Luke Bryan announced today he would launch a tour in 2018 in support of his upcoming CD release, "What Makes You Country."
Bryan also premiered the new music video for single "Light It Up," featuring NBA star Jimmy Butler on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today.
The video for the lead single was directed by Michael Monaco. and shot in Nashville last month. Butler, a Texas native, is a country fan and has been a guest of Bryan's at several of his concerts.
The tour starts Feb. 16 in Springfield, Mo. at the JQH Arena and will run through the fall of next year with more dates and opening acts to be announced soon. Ticket sales start on Friday, Nov. 3. DeGeneres will give away tickets for all the dates on the tour so go to her web site.
Feb. 16 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
Feb. 17 Evansville, IN Ford Center
Feb. 18 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 22 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Feb. 23 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 24 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena
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What Makes You Country
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Kill the Lights
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Editorial: Walking the talk
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Concert Review: White sounds a lot better than he feels
John Paul White admitted to feeling a little uncomfortable with his current solo acoustic tour. However, with just two guitars and a microphone, White sounded a whole lot better than he likely felt.
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