Luke Bryan Toasts the New Year with ‘One Margarita’ and Kenny Chesney Cover

Forget the champagne, Luke Bryan is ringing 2022 with “One Margarita.”  The country superstar and reigning ACM Entertainer Of The…


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December 31, 2021


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Luke Bryan; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

Forget the champagne, Luke Bryan is ringing 2022 with “One Margarita.” 

The country superstar and reigning ACM Entertainer Of The Year brought a double shot of beach vibes to his bar and restaurant, Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge, on Lower Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday (Dec. 31). 

“Let’s drink some margaritas on New Year’s Eve, whatcha say?” Bryan told the capacity crowd. 

In front of a live audience, Bryan performed his chart-topping hit, “One Margarita,” which he blended flawlessly with a cover of Kenny Chesney‘s “When The Sun Goes Down,” the same mashup that he performed live on the road during his 2021 Proud To Be Right Here Tour. 

It may be the middle of winter, but fans were certainly loving the summertime vibes of the country mashup. 

In 2020, “One Margarita” became the superstar’s 25th No.1 single and is featured on Bryan’s latest album, BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album. 

2022 is already shaping up to a huge year for Bryan, who will kick off his much-anticipated Las Vegas residency, Luke Bryan Vegas, on February 11. 

Luke Bryan; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

In January, he will head south of the border for his annual Crash My Playa event, held January 9-22 in Riveria Maya, Mexico. The sold-out event also features Jason Aldean and Dustin Lynch.  

The inaugural New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash also featured performances from Fisk Jubilee Singers, Lady A, Ingrid Andress, BRELAND, King Calaway, Riley Green, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and more.

Sam Hunt, Elle King and Zac Brown Band were also set to perform during the concert event, however they will no longer be participating.

Luke Bryan; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS
Luke Bryan; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

The five-hour celebration also included once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, performances of chart-topping hits and covers of some of the most iconic songs in country music.

Co-hosted by Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith, the star-studded New Year’s Eve special aired live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, December 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT), on CBS Television Network. 

The show was also available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

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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.