Luke Bryan Is ‘Happiest’ When His Family Is By His Side

“When you’re out there touring by yourself, you’re always kinda yearning for home a little bit.”

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Madeleine O’Connell

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March 30, 2023

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Luke Bryan and Family; Photos via Instagram

Country superstar, Luke Bryan and his wife, Caroline, have a full house. The pair is currently raising their two sons, Thomas Boyer (“Bo”) Bryan, 15, and Tatum (“Tate”) Christopher Bryan, 12. Additionally, they adopted Bryan’s two nieces, Jordan, 27, and Kris, 24, and his nephew, Til, 21, after several family tragedies. 

Between spending time with his family, being out on the road and working as judge on American Idol, finding a work-life balance can be a challenge for Bryan. 

During a recent interview with ABC’s Kayna Whitorth, the Georgia native revealed that because he’s constantly being pulled in different directions, he’s learned to appreciate the small moments that come from being around his loved ones. 

“I’ve always said I’m most happiest when I’m out on the road and my whole family’s out,” he shared. “It really feels good to be able to go play, and when you’re out there touring by yourself, you’re always kinda yearning for home a little bit. So whenever I can get the wife and my boys out, it’s really special.”

Luke Bryan and Family; Photo via Instagram
Luke Bryan and Family; Photo via Instagram

Growing up on his family’s peanut farm in South Georgia, Bryan learned to embrace the southern values that he’s carried with him into his career. In fact, he’s come to realize that being his most authentic self is what has drawn so many loyal country fans to him and his music over the years. 

“I think it’s one of the most important elements of why I was able to become successful, when you look at manners and humility and being raised ‘yes sir,’ ‘yes, ma’am,’ ‘no, sir,’” he explained. “And I needed every angle I could get to get started in this business. But I think being raised, obviously, in Georgia, my parents just instilled being humble and a hard work ethic, you know?”

Now, he’s hoping to instill the same lessons of patience, kindness, and more in his own kids. 

“I instill this in my children. I mean, we’re really on ’em about humility and manners and taking the high road and being polite and showing grace and forgiveness, and at the end of the day, trying to be one of the hardest workers out there.”

The “Knockin’ Boots” singer shared that along with being a role model to his kids, he strives to make a good impression on the fans he meets around the world. These experiences have taught him how to connect with his audience members on a deeper level, which is a lesson that is now being conveyed to the determined contestants that Bryan gets to mentor on Idol

Season 21 of Idol premiered February 19, 2023, and marks the country star’s sixth season on the singing competition show. He is once again joined by fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

“It’s flown by,” Bryan revealed of his time on the show. “It’s been a real amazing journey.”

As the audition rounds come to an end, viewers are preparing to see even more from the talented artists who have graced the show this year in hopes of getting the chance to live out their dreams.

Once this season of Idol wraps up, Luke Bryan will return to the road for his headlining Country On Tour, which was named after his chart-topping single, “Country On.” 

This 36-city trek will kick off on June 15 in Syracuse, New York, and continue across the U.S. with stops in Philadelphia, Denver, Nashville, Orlando, Charlotte, Raleigh, and more. 

Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, and Hailey Whitters will join Bryan in support alongside DJ Rock. 

Before heading back on the road, he has a few more shows in Sin City for Luke Bryan: Vegas at Las Vegas Resorts World Theatre. This spring run will wrap up with performances on March 31 and April 1.

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Luke Bryan Country On Tour

June 

15 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

16 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater

17- Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

23 – Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion

24 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center

July

6 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

7 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

13- Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

20 – Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater

21- Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre

22- Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

27 – Lubbock, TX – United Supermarkets Arena

28 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater

29- Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

August 

4- Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre

5 – Boise, ID – Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater

10 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP

12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

13 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater

17 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

18 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Music Center

19 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake

25 – Evansville, IN – Ford Center

25 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

28 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion

29 – Ft Worth, TX – Dickies Arena

30 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center

October 

5 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center

6- Savannah, GA – Enmarket Arena

7 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion

12 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center

13 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center

14 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center

26 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park

27 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena

28 – Charleston, SC – Credit One Stadium

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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.