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Luke Bryan Brings His Party to Bemidji

Alex Berg | Sports Editor | 11-9-2011

Country music artist Luke Bryan made the 17th stop of his “Tailgates and Tanlines” tour at the Sanford Center on Saturday.

Bryan is from Georgia and began his singing career in 2007 with his hits: “All My Friends Say,” “Country Man,” and “We Rode in Trucks.”

Although he did not begin singing until 2007, his skills as a songwriter were showcased in 2006 when Billy Currington released a single that Bryan wrote called “Good Directions.”

Bryan followed up his first album by releasing his second, titled Doin’ My Thing in March of 2009.

The album includes hits such as: “Do I,” “Rain is a Good Thing,” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”

He opened Saturday’s show with “Somebody Else Calling You Baby” and mixed in his smooth dance moves as well.

In August of this year Bryan released his most recent album, titled Tailgates and Tanlines.

The album has produced two singles thus far, “Country Girl (Shake it For Me)” and “I Don’t Want This Night to End.”

Bryan’s performance was preceded by Matt Mason, Lee Brice, and Josh Thompson.

Mason, the winner of the CMT Next Superstar award opened the show for the rowdy country crowd.

Brice, who is best known for his single “Love Like Crazy,” followed up. He also sang two songs that he wrote but were recorded by other artists. Those songs were “Crazy Girl” by the Eli Young Band and “More Than a Memory” by Garth Brooks.

Finally, Thompson brought his old school country style to the stage. He performed his biggest hits such as: “Beer on the Table,” “Way Out Here,” and “Am I the Only One.”

The tour is Bryan’s third headlining tour of his career, and is scheduled to go through 22 U.S. cities. It began on September 15 and will end on November 19 in Monroe, Alabama.