OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan: "Savvyish" Host of CMA Music Festival Show

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OFFSTAGE: Luke Bryan: "Savvyish" Host of CMA Music Festival Show

Published on September 10, 2012 by CMT News

Luke Bryan
(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and
out of the spotlight.)

For three hours next Monday night (Sept. 17), you get country, country and more country.
Because that’s the night the CMA Music
Festival: Country’s Night to Rock
special airs on ABC. So if you went to the festival and want to relive it — or
you didn’t go and want to feel like you did — this if your night to rock. And Luke
Bryan
and The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry are hosting.

I
asked Bryan what this gig was like after so many gigs where he was just the singer — not the master of ceremonies. He promised
me he was “savvyish” as a host. And that the snippets of fun he had along the way — up-close-and-personal interviews with
Faith Hill, Hunter Hayes
and Lady Antebellum — were his favorite parts. “When you’re doing
the interviewing, you want to have fun with the artists,” he said. “So when Faith came in, I asked her if she was wearing
her own perfume. Stuff like that.”

Bryan, I think, is such a good fit for this show because he knows exactly what
this festival is like for the fans. “I’d gone to these shows many, many times as a fan. I was out in the parking lot of LP
Field, just tailgating and drinking beer. I loved to be all up in the mix,” Bryan told me. “And the longer I can still stay
a fan in this deal, the better. I wanna hold onto that feeling as long as I can.”

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