WATCH: Luke Bryan Lights Up ‘CMA Summer Jam’ with Trio of Hits

Country superstar and two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan brought his energetic live show to CMA Summer Jam,…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 2, 2021


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Country superstar and two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan brought his energetic live show to CMA Summer Jam, performing a trio of his chart-topping hits in the heart of Music City. 

The Georgia native shared performances of “Waves,” “Down To One,” and “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” as fans packed inside Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater sang along to every word.

“I just try to go out there and give it my all every night and have fun and connect with the crowds and be loose and fun, but play songs that fans wanna hear and play songs that put smiles on all of the fan’s faces and uh it’s gonna be a great time out there tonight,” Bryan shared ahead of his performance.


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Bryan is in the midst of his Proud To Be Right Here Tour and is preparing to launch his 2021 Farm Tour beginning September 9. The Proud To Be Right Here Tour features special guests Dylan Scott and Runaway June, while the Farm Tour will include appearances from Scott, Whitney Duncan, The Peach Pickers (Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip) and DJ Rock. 

CMA Summer Jam also featured performances from Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Mickey Guyton, Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, and Lainey Wilson.

Additionally, the three-hour show included star-studded collaborations by Bentley with HARDY & BRELAND, Underwood and Dwight Yoakam, Lambert with Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line feat. Rhett, newlyweds Shelton and Stefani, as well as Swindell & Bryan. 

CMA Summer Jam aired on Thursday, September 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.

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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.