Luke Bryan Returns To The Stage, Gives Update On The Condition Of His Vocals

Bryan also expressed his sincere appreciation to his fans who stood by him during his vocal challenges.


Lauren Jo Black

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August 18, 2023

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Bryan returned to the stage and gave an update on his vocal condition on Thursday night (Aug. 17) during his Country On Tour stop at Cincinnati, Ohio’s Riverbend Music Center. 

On The Mend

During the show, the superstar addressed his recent vocal issues while on stage, admitting “Finally my voice is back- I’m not 100%…”

After having to cancel and/or postpone four shows due to ongoing vocal cord congestion, Bryan was happy to be on the mend. 

“Over the past couple of weeks I’ve lost a tremendous amount of money. I’m gonna need y’all to buy a couple extra t-shirts tonight,” he quipped. “We’re gonna do a live auction – who wants to go hunting with me? 

The crowd exploded with applause and cheers. 

“Just kidding,” he responded before adding, “Never in my career have I ever had to cancel a show, much less four, but man you really learn there are some a**holes out there.”

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

Showcased Gratitude To His Fans

He referenced a user on Twitter (now known as X) who was hounding him over the tour setbacks and joked he was going to “whip” his butt the next time he saw him. 

“But we’re not gonna focus on one asshole,” he stated. “I want to thank all the fans that have my back and supported me… Thank y’all so much!”

Following his Cincinnati concert, Bryan shared similar sentiments with his fans in a post on X. 

“Show was great tonight. Thanks everyone for the prayers and well wishes. Sorry for the inconveniences to my fan[s] the last few weeks. Love y’all,” he wrote. 

Bryan’s return to the stage comes after his sold-out Nashville concert where he powered through the show to deliver the best show possible despite experiencing vocal issues. At one point during the show, he shifted to an acoustic set to allow his vocal cords somewhat of a rest. 

“I was not going to cancel Nashville under any circumstance,” he told the capacity crowd a few songs into his set. 

Canceled Concert

Following his Music City concert, the “But I Got A Beer In My Hand” singer made the difficult decision to cancel his show in Brandon, Mississippi scheduled for Sunday, August 13.

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Bryan took to social media to share the news with fans late Sunday morning (Aug. 13). 

“Dear Brandon, MS I am regretfully going to have to cancel my show there tonight. Under doctor’s advice after taking 6 days off to heal I attempted to sing at both shows Thursday and Saturday and it was a struggle,” he wrote at the time. 

He hoped to allow his voice time to rest once again before returning to the stage. 

“Every show I sing I’m setting my voice back. I will continue to do everything I can to get better. Please know how much you mean to me and how heartbreaking this is to do.”

Luke Bryan; Photo by Eder Acevedo
Luke Bryan; Photo by Eder Acevedo

Luke Bryan’s Country On Tour is set to continue this weekend with shows in Indianapolis, IN (Aug. 18) and Pittsburgh, PA (Aug. 19).  The trek, which runs through October 28, features special guests Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, Hailey Whitters, and DJ Rock on select dates. 

Farm Tour

In less than one month, Bryan will launch his 14th headlining Farm Tour in support of farming communities around the U.S.  

This year’s Farm Tour is set to run from September 14 through September 23. The trek will find Bryan visiting five farms, including Mulberry Orchard (Shelbyville, KY), Miller Family Farm (Millersport, OH), Schnell Family Farms (Colfax, IA), Klondike Farms (Brooklyn, WI), and Gar-Lin Dairy LLC (Eyota, MN).

Joining Bryan will be Kameron Marlowe, Chayce Beckham, Peach Pickers, and DJ Rock. 

“One of the reasons we created these Farm Tour shows – to bring the big-city tour to the people,” Bryan explained in a press release. “These nights are one-of-a-kind and we really enjoy getting to know the farmers and their families, love the whole atmosphere of playing on these incredible farms and watching entire communities come together and get excited about these shows.”

Las Vegas

Additionally, the final run of his record-breaking headlining engagement, “Luke Bryan: VEGAS” at Resorts World Theatre inside Resorts World Las Vegas will take place on select dates in December and January. Details, including how to purchase tickets, can be found HERE

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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 and her work being featured on 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.