WATCH: Luke Bryan And Riley Green Tribute Shenandoah With Performace Of Classic Country Hit

Riley Green joined Luke Bryan out on stage during a stop on the Raised Up Right Tour for a heartfelt…


Madeleine O’Connell

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October 5, 2022

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Luke Bryan, Riley Green; Photo Courtesy Riley Green on Instagram

Riley Green joined Luke Bryan out on stage during a stop on the Raised Up Right Tour for a heartfelt performance of Shenandoah’s hit, “Two Dozen Roses.”  

Frontman Marty Raybon and member Mike McGuire co-founded the award-winning group in 1984 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Shenandoah have a timeless catalog of hits including 13 No. 1 hits and charting 26 singles on Billboard Country Charts throughout their iconic 30+ year career.

It has become a regular routine for the “Waves” singer to invite his opening acts out to perform a few covers alongside him. On this stop in Charlotte NC, he and Green took things back to 1989 when they sang their rendition of the Shenandoah song, which was originally released off the band’s Road Not Taken album.

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“Two Dozen Roses” went on to become one of three other No. 1 tracks off this project. The other hits included “Church On Cumberland Road” and “Sunday In The South,” which Bryan also recently incorporated into his set during this tour. With Green standing next to him, Bryan embraces his solo moment as he performed the Shenandoah classic.

“That’s passion right there, folks, you can’t make that up,” Green said in support while Bryan closed his eyes and finished out the song as they both strummed their guitars. 

A fan captured the last verse of Bryan singing, “I can feel the evening sun go down / And all the lights in the houses one by one go out / Softly in the distance nothing stirs about / And the night is filled with the sound of a whippoorwil / On a Sunday in the south.”

Bryan joked that he could smell the south fried chicken in the midst of singing the band’s career-defining song that honors the beauty of a Sunday in the southern states.

It’s no coincidence that Luke Bryan has chosen to perform several songs by this band. Not only is he honoring their impact on the industry, but the singer also has a bit of history with Shenandoah. Back in 2020, Bryan was featured on a track of their Every Road album titled, “Make It Til Summertime.”

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Every Road dropped on November 13, 2020 via Foundry Records and features vocals from several other country superstars including Blake Shelton, Lady A, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Cody Johnson, and Brad Paisley.

This served as the band’s first album of all-new music since 1994. So, this star-studded project marked their first new record in nearly 27 years.

Bryan recently wrapped up his 13th annual Farm Tour after its run of six shows across the Midwest, which had more than 100,000 fans in attendance and allowed him the chance to give back to the farming communities with several generous donations.  

Luke Bryan; Photo by Ethan Helms
Luke Bryan; Photo by Ethan Helms

Now that this set of shows has concluded, Bryan is continuing on his Raised Up Right tour, which kicked off on June 9 in Charleston, West Virginia. Along with Green, Mitchell Tenpenny and DJ Rock have also joined him on this trek. 

Due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Ian, Bryan had to reschedule several dates on the tour and as a result, it will now wrap up on November 5 in Tampa, Florida.

“My favorite place to be is on stage performing to country music fans,” Bryan shared. “So thankful every night when I walk out on that stage and know you are there to have a blast along beside me. It never gets old!”

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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.