Luke Bryan is one of the biggest names in country music but he truly surprised his crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Friday night with several surprise guests. Alongside Bryan, the “One Margarita” singer brought out big-name guests, Jason Aldean, Tyler Hubbard, and Morgan Wallen. While the four artists separately manage to rock arenas on their own, together they are absolutely dynamic.
Bryan, Aldean, and Hubbard were together onstage when Aldean made the surprise announcement and called out his “really good friend,” Morgan Wallen. Prior to the confusion instilled by the coronavirus pandemic, Wallen was initially set to accompany Bryan on his 2020 “Proud to Be Right Here Tour.” Once the summer tour was rescheduled for 2021, artist Dylan Scott stepped into Wallen’s place in mid-April.
As one of country music’s most popular rising artists, his announcement was met with much disappointment. However, “Wallen received a lengthy cheer from the arena crowd when he emerged from backstage,” according to the article. In true Wallen style, he emerged holding shot glasses for his fellow performers. During the concert, he performed hit songs “Whiskey Glasses” and “More Than My Hometown.”
Luke Bryan and Fellow Country Music Artists Aren’t Just Performers
While artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, and Morgan Wallen are highly popular and talented singers and performers, that’s not all that peaks the stars’ interests. Aldean and Bryan are avid hunters and frequently go on hunting trips together. Bryan’s brand, Buck Commander, often shares videos of the country star’s hunts. His most recent shot earned him the spot for the fifth-biggest buck. “I just killed the biggest deer of my life,” Bryan said in the hunting video. Aldean got the number three spot on that same list using his compound bow.
While hunting is a popular sport among country artists, singers Morgan Wallen, Thomas Rhett, and Brantley Gilbert seemingly prefer fishing. In an April Twitter post, Wallen shared a laid-back photo of himself and “Chief” Eric Church along a creek bank, sun-burnt, fishing poles in hand. “Growing Up” singer Thomas Rhett is also an avid fisherman. He frequently joins his children and wife Lauren on various trips out West.
Although the above artists have quite the traditional take on fishing, Brantley Gilbert prefers a different kind of rod and reel: his bare hands. Recently, the “The Worst Country Song of All Time” singer took a trip out on the water in Alabama. Because the artist went “hillbilly hand-fishing” he had no need for rod, reel, or even bait, letting his bare hands take control of the catches he made that day. While we applaud Gilbert’s talent and take on fishing, I think we’ll be sticking to our poles, thanks.