By Radio.com Staff
Bryan, a two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Award, is also one of the biggest concert draws in America, in any genre; he performed for 1.7 million fans in 2014, selling out seven football stadiums. When he co-hosted the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton in 2015, even that was held in a stadium.
And when he plays live, he makes it a priority to give the fans a great time; he often spends more time at the edge of the runways than he does on the main stage with his band, essentially putting himself in the crowd. “My focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans,” Bryan explains. “If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. My main thing is: I’m a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it.”
Kill the Lights is sure to bring more fan favorites to Luke’s stadium shows for years to come. The lead single, “Kick The Dust Up,” leans on the farm-party theme that’s become a hallmark of his persona, but with a strange neo-Middle Eastern vibe, and has become his 13th number 1 hit. “Move” has a familiar dance quality and “Scarecrows” pledges allegiance to his small-town roots.
Other new songs include the sexy slow jam “Strip It Down,” the surprisingly dark “Razor Blade” and his duet with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild on “Home Alone Tonight.” Then there’s “To The Moon And Back,” inspired by Caroline, his wife of nine years.
“With ‘Do I’ (his first #1 single in 2009), I think all of our family thought we were getting a divorce,” he says. “People would call me and be like ‘Are y’all okay?’ So now that we have ‘To the Moon and Back,’ I think people will know that we’re pretty solid.”
And then there’s “Huntin,’ Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day,” which summarizes part of the lifestyle that connects him with his faithful heartland audience.
“”I’m probably going to get that tattooed on my body at some point: ‘Huntin’ and fishin’ and lovin’ every day,’” he says with a laugh. “I can see the bumper stickers. I can see the window stickers. I can see the T-shirts. We’re going to do it live, whether it’s a single or not.”
Luke will be bringing his tour all over the country through October. See the full tour itinerary at his official website.