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Leesburg, Ga., was in the house—or in the field—when Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour made its final stop for this year’s run in Macon, Ga. And if 16,000 screaming fans weren’t enough of a party, there was another one going on onstage.
Opening the show were songwriter Cole Swindell (Scotty McCreery’s “Water Tower Town”) and 17-year-old Chancie Neal, who set the pace for the evening with high-octane performances of original tunes and country covers. The Peach Pickers’ Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins took the evening up another notch with an overwhelming set of original hits recorded by Nashville’s biggest stars, including a hyper-electrified version of Brantley Gilbert’s “Kick It in the Sticks.”
The crowd was in a frenzy by the time Luke took the stage. The addition of a large video screen this year gave fans in the back 40 an equally great view as those in the front. Even after seven days of performing in dusty fields and fairgrounds, Luke powered through his set with his signature moves and an energy that made you believe Macon was the first stop of the tour. Besides his many hits, like the crowd-pleaser “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Luke debuted music from his upcoming album, including the namesake for next year’s headlining tour, “Dirt Road Diary,” coincidentally co-written with tourmates the Peach Pickers.
This was the fourth year for the Farm Tour, which regularly raises money for agricultural scholarships for students in each show town. Here’s hoping for a fifth.