Luke Bryan Honored at “Tailgates” Party

Singer has 2 million reasons to celebrate, including the end of diaper duty.

(From left) Luke Bryan and UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO, Mike Dungan
photo by Alan Poizner / UMG Nashville

The summer keeps getting hotter for reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan. Friends and colleagues gathered to fete the singer’s career-catapulting Tailgates & Tanlines album Wednesday (July 10) at downtown Nashville’s SEEN music venue. With double-platinum sales, the album was the eighth best-selling album of any genre in 2012. It topped the country charts in its first week of release, and kept the momentum rolling with three No. 1 singles.

“It’s hard to even speak of how amazing this is,” Luke gushed upon receiving a plaque commemorating the collection’s milestone sales status. “It takes so many people to make this happen. Thanks to everyone who helped me do what I’ve always dreamed of. So many people in this room have watched me go from somebody who was so ignorant and naïve to somebody that’s . . . well, maybe not naïve, but there’s still a lot of ignorance,” he continued with a laugh.

In addition to thanking his producer, band, songwriters and label executives, Luke turned the spotlight to his gorgeous wife, Caroline, whom he thanked for being such a wonderful mother. He explained that the whole family was on his tour bus Tuesday night, headed back from Grayton Beach, Fla., when his better half “busted her butt” once again with their two young boys, Bo (5) and Tate (2).

“Tate was sleeping in the bottom bunk and he woke up about, what, three times?” Luke asked Caroline from the stage.

“About 30 times,” she corrected him from the audience.

“Thirty? Well, I was up for two of them,” the singer joked, also bragging about the family’s newly reduced grocery bill—thanks to no more diapers! As Luke was happy to report, Tate learned just last week how to do his business on the potty.

(From left) Kerri Edwards, Red Light Management; Jeff Stevens, Producer; Luke Bryan and UMG Nashville Chairman & CEO, Mike Dungan
photo by Alan Poizner / UMG Nashville

The proud dad is still criss-crossing the country on his sold-out Dirt Road Diaries Tour. His next album, Crash My Party, is due for release Aug. 13 and is already off to an excellent start. Its title track currently sits at No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and has spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS (Broadcast Data Systems) chart, which measures radio airplay.

“I know this roll isn’t going to go on forever,” Luke concluded at the end of his impromptu speech Wednesday. “One day, we’ll look back and say, ‘Damn, do you remember those amazing days?’ That’s because of you—the people who love helping people with a dream, and I thank you guys.”

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