[photogallerylink id=59686 align=right] Last night, September 15, was a very special night for country music’s [lastfm link_type=""]Luke Bryan[/lastfm]. The Georgia boy kicked off his first ever solo outing, CMT on Tour: Luke Bryan Tailgates & Tanlines. Luke says: ”I think there’s no better way to determine how you’re doing out there than to step out there on a limb and start headlining.” “We’re gonna get out there and try to kill it night in and night out and make a really, really big deal out of it.”
Luke has opened for several artists in the past few years including [lastfm link_type=""]Rascal Flatts[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=""]Jason Aldean[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=""]Tim McGraw[/lastfm]. ”When you tour with big acts, you learn the professionalism from those big acts and what they do on a day in and day out basis to get to where they are,” he acknowledges. “My main thing is just taking what little things I learned about their tour and applying it to mine. It’s such a nice kind of school to learn under to see those guys and to become friends with them and to even get to pick their brains on stuff.” Luke recently finished his commitment on Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic tour, which he believes was the perfect precursor to heading out on his own. “Being out with Tim, you just see the grandest scale of entertainment.” ”He’s up there in the upper echelon of massive entertainers, and guys who bring it every night and have done it for years, and crowds who have continued to support him for years. There’s been so many levels of that tour that have been so fulfilling for me, and to see the fan support night in and night out for him, and see the way he delivers it night in and night out has been the big learning experience.” We wish him nothing but the best of luck, although I doubt he’ll need it, in all he does.