The return of live music brings us all something severely missed through most of 2020 and the early months of 2021: surprise on-stage interactions between country stars and their littlest and most loyal fans. For instance, Luke Bryan's Saturday night (July 17) set at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., which happened to land on his 45th birthday, gifted him with a special moment shared with a 7-year-old superfan.
While performing his current single "Waves," the county star and American Idol judge noticed a youngster belting out every word while wearing a homemade "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)" t-shirt. Bryan invited her on stage for a performance of his hit song "Down to One," and she knew that one by heart, too.
Thanks to the magic of social media, we can all take in Bryan's act of kindness (and the little girl's fearless stage presence). The YouTube post identifies Bryan's duet partner as Darci Claire.
Bryan, the reigning Academy of Country Music (ACM) Entertainer of the Year, is currently on the road for his Proud to Be Right Here tour. He was joined in Bristow by opening acts Dylan Scott and Caylee Hammack.
Posted by Carrie Cardis Gregory on Saturday, July 17, 2021
In a separate video clip reported on by CMT, Bryan catches a t-shirt from the crowd which reads, "Hey Luke, I want to adopt my stepson Michael. Can you help me ask him?" Michael was then brought on stage, where he accepted his potential dad's offer.
"That's the coolest thing I've ever watched right there y'all," Bryan said of yet another birthday surprise. "Michael, you got a good dude right there standing behind you buddy. That's awesome. Congratulations y'all."