Transcript for From small town life to stardom: Luke Bryan on overcoming tragedy and his success
Let's go. It's Luke Bryan's kind of night. 20,000 fans on an Iowa farm. ??? Don't steal none of my workers from me now. I'm from a farming family. This is kind of a way for me to pay tribute to how I was raised to come here and play my music on farms. He's great at selling out stadiums but at 41 at the top of his game, he's staying true to his family roots with the farm tour. We started in Claxton, Georgia, with a farm tour. We filmed the "Rain is a good thing" video there. ??? Corn makes whiskey ??? ??? whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky ??? It was all designed to bring a country music concert to a rural area that wouldn't necessarily ever get a concert like this. So right here is the main gate. See all the fans. Crazy. Our own robin Roberts spent time with Luke Bryan and wife Caroline at their home in Nashville. Married for nearly 11 years they're raising their two sons along with their nephew and two nieces who they took in after Luke's sister Kelly passed away in 2007, then her husband passed in 2014. And now we have three children that have lost both their parents. So now that becomes our new focus, to try to nafb gate and guide them through this life. Just walk me through that journey of taking the children and raising them. We never thought twice about it. We just did it. It seems like what we see is what we get. The Luke Bryan we see on tour is the Luke blyi ibryan at home. It is. There is no act. Oh, daddy. You're kidding me. See what happens? I had to show America how I can outfish you all. The crash my party singer was born Thomas Luther Bryan in Albany, Georgia. All sports, all outdoor activities. We were a fun family. We were a tight family. It was just big, loud, crazy, fun, family. He would grow up to be a two-time cma entertainer of the year, an honor he's been nominated again for this year. Is it still a pinch me moment. I know you've won it twice, but is it still? Every time. Adored by fans around the world, Luke has seen his share of ups and downs. Just before I moved to Nashville, my brother was killed in a car accident. So that totally derailed and postponed my Nashville plans. My dad could tell that I was one foot in the door, one foot out the door. He was adamant about me chasing my dreams based on what we did with my brother, we had seen how fragile life was. So getting to Nashville was pretty liberating. I was on music row every day writing song. People at capitol kept hearing them. And the next thing you know I'm getting a record deal from capitol records. It was April 6th, 2007 and I get to play the grand ole opry for the first time. That night little did I know my sister and I would be our last photo together. She passed away a month later. How have you been able to be so resilient and deal with such heavy loss so well? Well, you keep going and you try to be as positive as you can. You try to appreciate every day ??? ??? just being proud of what makes you country ??? His newest hit, "What makes you country" is a tribute to music fans everywhere. We want people to be celebrated for all kinds of music they love. What makes you country? How I was raised, in a small right, they reeled me back in. And it was just -- everybody knew everybody. Was a magical little small town life. The past decade has been a whirlwind for Luke and his family. From that first hit "All my friends say." ??? What all my friends say ??? Ten years ago, the first song, what about the next ten? Yeah, my wife and I, we talk about that. We were rocking on the porch and we were like, isn't it amazing what can happen in ten years of your life? The good things, the bad things, the changes. I've dedicated this ten years to certainly music. I think the next ten years you'll see that. But you're also going to notice me stopping and smelling some roses a little bit more.
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