Luke Bryan Axes Farm Tour Due To Coronavirus Concerns: ‘This One Really Hurts’
After 11 consecutive years, Luke Bryan‘s annual Farm Tour will not proceed in 2020. The superstar shared the heartbreaking news…
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
After 11 consecutive years, Luke Bryan‘s annual Farm Tour will not proceed in 2020.
The superstar shared the heartbreaking news with fans via social media on Thursday, explaining that he was “sad” to have to make this decision and said that after the tour’s 11-year run, “this one really hurts.”
“We have looked at all kinds of ways to continue with the shows this year but couldn’t come up with a solution to give y’all the full Farm Tour experience while keeping everyone safe,” he wrote. Until next year! Love y’all.”
“The idea behind this tour is to bring full production concerts to small towns that would not see larger scale shows,” Bryan previously shared in a statement. “Growing up in rural Georgia we had to drive to larger cities to see concerts. It is so exciting to watch each of these shows being built like a small city in itself in the empty pasture land of these farms. We can feel the pride from the people in these towns as well as the farmers and it takes everyone coming together to pull them off!”
Since its inception in 2009, Bryan’s Farm Tour has assisted farmers and their families by raising money to help fund college scholarships for degree-seeking students from in each community the tour visits. To date, over 60 scholarships have been awarded.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.