Luke Bryan Loves ‘Watching The Fans Dance’

Luke Bryan racked up another monumental CMA Fest performance last weekend (6/7). Backstage before his performance, he told us what he looks forward to the most when he hits the CMA Fest stage each year. Luke said, "I love being out there in the summertime and watching the fans dance, knowing they've spent their hard-earned money to come catch me. I also love watching them react to the songs and just watching them fall in love and be a part of the musical journey." Bryan played on a different night of the week this year and felt good about it. He said, "I've always done the Sunday nights, and now we did the Friday night. When I did Sunday night, I did concerts on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and then I'd do a fifth night in a row; my voice feels good tonight, and I'm gonna have some fun. I can just get up there and sing and cut up." The country star added that time is flying by: " It feels like we were here six months ago, which tells me life is moving way too fast." RELATED: Luke Bryan's Tour Brings Out 'Baby' Acts Bryan rarely misses the chance to play on the big CMA stage in Nashville each year. This year, he took the stage at Nissan Stadium at CMA Fest on Friday night (6/7). Luke told us, "It's been a minute since I missed a year, so when I get the call on that, it's something that historically I've always done." Bryan recalls the first time he played the festival, "CMA Fest is going from the start of your career from playing River Stages to the other side. My first time, I took my guitar. At the time, there would be downtime between the headliner's performances, so in the interim, they would have new artists come out and play one song acoustically, and I think that was the first thing I did." He added, "I remember being just as nervous as you could be about any performance." "To go to the first time where I actually did a full band, yeah, it was amazing. Artists, many times first stadium performance is CMA Fest, and it's always packed to the rim. So, you're already really, really nervous about the enormity of it." The festival has grown even since the country star first played it. He recalled, "I remember the days when the CMA thought the stadium was going to be too big and it wasn't going to work, and now they have essentially outgrown the stadium because it's grown to be that big and so important to the world of Nashville and country music."

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