Luke Bryan Falls Victim To Onstage Shenanigans By Ashley Cooke and Hailey Whitters

Bryan’s opening acts pulled off an epic end of tour prank.


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 30, 2023


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Luke Bryan, Ashley Cooke; Photos via TikTok

Luke Bryan is known for pulling pranks any chance he gets, but during his recent concert in Charleston, SC, the high jinks were conducted by his opening acts, Ashley Cooke and Hailey Whitters. 

The final night of Bryan’s current headlining Country On Tour took place at the Credit One Stadium on October 28. In the midst of the fun-filled show, Cooke and Whitters teamed up to surprise both Bryan and the audience by joining him on stage dressed in hilarious blow-up costumes that gave the illusion that they were riding a horse.

Bryan stepped to the side, allowing Cooke to take the reins (no pun intended) and deliver the opening lyrics to “Levitating” by Dua Lipa while she and Whitters danced around the stage in their costumes. The crowd cheered in excitement as they watched the antics unfold in front of them.

See The Hilarious Clip


the best tour. the best people. love ya long time, @LukeBryan! 🐴

♬ original sound – Ashley Cooke

This moment, as well as a few other highlights from Cooke’s time on the road with Bryan, were recently shared on her social media pages to commemorate the end of the run. 

“Finished off the best tour with @lukebryan and crew, pranks and all. truly the best times and the best people on this one. thank you Luke for bringing us out with you,” she wrote alongside an Instagram post featuring a carousel of photos and videos.

A Memorable Night For Fans

After seeing the hilarious clip on TikTok, several fans who were in attendance in South Carolina, confirmed this prank to be an unforgettable part of the night.

One user commented, “We were up in the stands dying of laughter! Love you Ashley! Y’all left a mark on Charleston 🥰”

“So funny! Loved the show,” another fan wrote. 

Whitters also took to social media to share a personality-filled photo captured on stage with Bryan as she declared the tour to be “a highlight of my year.”

Her caption on Twitter read, “thank you  @lukebryan  for being one of the most down to earth stars/humans I’ve ever gotten to know…. ‘twas a highlight of my year getting to sing with you every night. 🤍”

Who Else Joined Luke Bryan On The Country On Tour?

In addition to Whitters and Cooke, American Idol Season 19 winner Chayce Beckham was on the lineup of opening acts for the Country On Tour. According to his most recent post via Instagram, he had a blast throughout the duration of this gig and appreciates the continued support from Bryan who has been around since day one of his Idol journey. 

“Had so much fun getting to open up for @lukebryan this year, thanks for bringing me along and showing me the ropes out here. Love ya buddy,” he gushed before speaking to the fans. “Thanks to all the fans who came and made all the shows amazing. Hard to believe it’s over, but I’m excited for the next chapter for us. Until next time!”

Of course, the “Prayin’ In A Deer Stand” singer couldn’t officially wrap things up without delivering his own message of gratitude towards those who came out to each date of his shows, and especially Charleston for welcoming him on the final night of the tour.

“Charleston, y’all made me want to do this tour all over again. #CountryOnTour,” he wrote on Instagram alongside a series of on-stage photos. 

A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Life on The Road With Bryan

This may be the end of Ashley Cooke’s time on the Country On Tour, however, she will reunite with Luke Bryan January 17 – 20, 2024 for his annual Crash My Playa.

While catching up with Country Now during her recent headlining show at Chicago’s Joe’s On Weed. St, Cooke gushed about learning and performing alongside Bryan and the fans that never fail to cheer her on. 

“He is such a party. It’s insane. Like every night, we’re just having a good time. He has an in-house personal trainer, and so every morning on the road, we work out, and they have great catering, and the shows are so much fun” she said, sharing a behind-the-scenes look into life on the road with Bryan. 

 “The fans are amazing. I feel like when you go to a Luke show, you’re just expecting to let loose and have fun so for our shows, the crowds, even when I’m first of four, or third of four, wherever you are in the spot, everybody’s just like, ‘let’s just drink a Margarita and have fun,” she added. 

Ashley Cooke; Photo by Hayley Gjertsen
Ashley Cooke; Photo by Hayley Gjertsen

Is Luke Bryan Going On Tour In 2024?

Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour is named after the chart-topping single, “Country On,” which earned Bryan his 30th No.1 single at country radio.      

The summer run kicked off on June 15 in Syracuse, New York featured stops in 36 cities across the U.S. including Philadelphia, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Charlotte, Raleigh, and more. 

Bryan’s next run of shows comes in December and January when he will return to Las Vegas for the final dates of his residency. Then he will make his way to Mexico for his ninth Crash My Playa destination event.

Taking place at the AAA Four Diamond Awarded Moon Palace Cancún, the four-day country music-filled event will feature special guests Dierks Bentley and Eddie Montgomery. Additional headliners include Jelly Roll and Jon Pardi, plus special guests Bailey Zimmerman, ERNEST, Jon Langston, Mitchell Tenpenny, Dustin Lynch, Ashley Cooke, Avery Anna, Lily Rose, Zach Top, and DJ Rock. 

Crash My Playa 2024

For a full list of Luke Bryan’s upcoming performances, visit his official website HERE

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.