Luke Bryan Plays Through Pain for Farm Tour Stop in Kentucky
Luke Bryan's Farm Tour stop in Elizabethtown, Ky., featured the country star's biggest hits, on a stage that lit up rural Kentucky. Thousands funneled down a two-lane road to see the "Move" singer sing and, in spite of a broken wing, he didn't let them down.
The sling may have prevented his most adventurous on-stage moves, but he made the most of it. Often his injured right arm — the result of a cycling injury on Thursday — held the microphone so he could keep the beat with his left. His most farm-friendly hits spotlighted a 90-minute set. "Rain Is a Good Thing" began the show before "Kick the Dust Up" and songs from his Farm Tour: Here's to the Farmer EP followed. Quickly it became a massive sing-along.
An impressive catwalk extended from a large mobile stage plopped down in the middle of this sod farm. Bryan spent much of his set on that catwalk, amongst the beer-swilling crowd that turned out to see him. It was a family show, with as many kids as you'll see at an event that lasts until 10:30PM. It was a perfect night for a country music concert. A quarter moon hung over the outdoor stage. With few buildings or trees nearby, songs like "I See You" and "This Is How We Roll" surely echoed to Bowling Green, Ky.
Fans with signs begging Bryan to "Strip It Down" went home satisfied. The 40-year-old played that hit just before his cover of Brooks & Dunn's "Play Something Country." "Crash My Party," "Roller Coaster" and "Drink a Beer" were just a few of the other radio hits he introduced — Bryan has so many he needs to choose between them to fill his set.
As reported, Bryan's broken clavicle didn't prevent him from shaking his hips at this Farm Tour stop. His signature moves pleased his female fans. His dark denim jeans warmed the cool fall air as fans with full beers sang along. The spirit of community at this show is quite unique. While not as full a house as many of the shows on his recent Kill the Lights Tour, the show was more intimate. E-Town may never sound quite this good again, unless Bryan chooses to come back in 2017.
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