WATCH: Luke Bryan and Vince Gill Share Full-Circle Moment During Jam Session At The Brett Boyer Foundation Event
Luke Bryan shared a full circle with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill during The Brett Boyer Foundation Invitational…
Vince Gill, Luke Bryan; Photo via Instagram
Luke Bryan shared a full circle with Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill during The Brett Boyer Foundation Invitational charity golf tournament on Monday (Aug. 15).
The superstars performed together on Monday evening following the day’s festivities on the golf course. In the midst of a jam session that included a cover of the Eagles’ “Take It Easy,” Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” Vince Gill’s “Liza Jane” and “Whenever You Come Around,” Jason Aldean’s “Night Train,” and more, Bryan shared the story of when he first met Gill.
“Somebody said this man was sitting in that boutique in there and we walked in there and I shook his hand and he was the first country music celebrity I ever met,” Bryan said from the stage. “You know what he did? He stood up, shook my hand and then so many years later we get to sit on a stage like this and have fun in a true musician organic, not playing fashion, which is what music ought to be. Badass shit right there and that does not happen in hip hop!”
See the fifth slide in the below post to Bryan’s recollection of first meeting Gill.
Bryan and Gill were joined by Neil Thrasher, Mitch Rossell, Shane Minor, among others, for the performance.
Bryan also performed Billy Currington’s “Good Directions,” a song that he co-wrote with Rachel Thibodeau that is the third and final single from Currington’s 2005 album, Doin’ Somethin’ Right.
Caroline Bryan, HARDY, social media influencers Mallory Ervin and Ivey Childers, Tennessee Titans PA Announcer Matt Rogers, and more were also in attendance.
The event, which took place at The Grove Golf Course in College Grove, Tennessee, was in support of The Brett Boyer Foundation. The foundation was created in honor of Sadie Brett Boyer, who was the daughter of Ellen and Bo Boyer and niece of Luke and Caroline Bryan. Brett had down syndrome and battled a congenital heart defect (CHD) for seven months before she sadly passed away.
“Brett’s heart disease diagnosis was a bit different, it’s hard to find a positive light on hearing your baby will have to have open heart surgery to survive. Fortunately for most, an AVSD (atrioventricular septal defect) is repairable 97% of the time. Unfortunately, we were in the 3%,” Ellen and Bo shared on the official Brett Boyer Foundation website. “But our strong baby girl fought hard, and so did the incredible team at Vanderbilt who loved her dearly.”
After losing Brett, the couple made it their mission to support CHD research while spreading the love of down syndrome.
“What we witnessed in our 100-day stay in the hospital were doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social workers, transplant teams, sonographers, phlebotomists, and many more fighting to give our girl more options. We believe in these people and their mission. We believe they can revolutionize the world of cardiac surgery, and plan to help them fulfill their God-given talents to our utmost ability.”
Donations to the Brett Boyer Foundation can be made by clicking HERE.
Lauren Jo Black
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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.