Luke Bryan held his annual January press conference (it becomes annual when you’ve done it twice in a row, right?) to make big announcements to his fans and the country music industry. Suspicions were raised; predictions were made; wishes on pennies were tossed into wells … okay, maybe not that, but I’m sure a few little prayers were said here and there. Our own graphics guru, Scotty Bredin, even did his own investigative work and saw that Amazon.com already has a special home for a new Luke Bryan album, scheduled for a March 2015 release.
So, what exactly did the CMA Entertainer of the Year have to share with very eager onlookers?
1) Luke will be embarking on a new tour, starting at the end of May, called the Kick the Dust Up Tour. The name of the tour stems from the title of a song that will be included on his next album. During this tour, Luke will play “thirteen doubles,” which means two shows in thirteen of the cities included on the tour. The cities that will have doubles include, but are not limited to, Washington D.C., St. Louis, West Palm Beach, Dallas, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
There will also be several stadium shows on the Kick the Dust Up Tour. The cities that the stadium shows will take place in are: Denver, St. Paul, Nashville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Detroit.
Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will be joining Luke Bryan on tour. Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett will also join the stadium shows.
Following his nationwide stint, Luke will also head overseas for the first time. He will be playing festivals and clubs across Europe (Germany, Ireland, the UK). Luke also said he will be “opening” for Jason Aldean one day while across the pond.
2) Luke Bryan will be doing his last Spring Break show in Panama City this year. He intends to “end with a big bang” with his two-day show in March. The last Spring Break album, Checkin’ Out, will be released on March 10th and will contain eleven tracks, including five from last year. There will also be a deluxe album which will include all twenty-five Spring Break tracks released by Luke.
3) The Country Music Hall of Fame made an announcement during the press conference to share that Luke Bryan will be the subject of their next major exhibition. Luke called the exhibit a “huge honor” and expressed how excited he is about “brainstorming how we want the exhibit to look and making it tell the story and tell how you move up to Nashville, chasing dreams.” The exhibit will be a part of the Hall of Fame from May to November.
Congratulations to Luke on his upcoming tour, new music, and tremendous honor. We can’t wait to spend the next year covering this megastar!