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“Oh, you better start kissing on one another tonight,” Bryan said during “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”
He sang his dozens of hits under visible stars as the Jasper County farm transformed into something akin to an outdoor music festival — unpaved grounds that were muddy in some spots, tents to purchase alcohol at and three musical guests who took the stage earlier in the night that had their own fans cheering.
Here are our seven favorite moments of the night, from Jimmy Buffett references to a lucky fan getting a drink from Bryan.
Luke Bryan shows some love for Iowa concertgoers
After 2017's “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” Bryan expressed his gratitude to the audience.
“Thank you so much once again, Iowa,” he said. “We play here so many times over the years. You guys always show up.”
The Colfax concert marked Bryan’s fifth Farm Tour appearance in Iowa since 2017. He also performed at the Iowa State Fair Grandstand in 2019.
The moment came early into his approximately one hour and 45 minute show, and after songs like “Kick the Dust Up” and “Knockin’ Boots.”
During his performance of “Strip It Down,” Bryan pointed to a member of the audience and wished them a happy birthday.
“I’m getting all drunk on some Iowa tonight,” Bryan called out before launching into 2012’s “Drunk on You.”
Beers, margaritas and ‘Margaritaville’
There’s only one thing Bryan can do if he’s going to perform this year’s summertime charter “But I Got A Beer In My Hand.” So, Bryan opened up a can and took a gulp between his singing.
The drinks didn't end there.
Later, Bryan handed one fan near the stage a free margarita during his song, “One Margarita.”
The song, which includes a reference to Jimmy Buffett in its lyrics, wasn’t the only time Thursday night that the iconic musician and the man behind the Margaritaville empire was mentioned.
“We love all the songwriters that came before us, that paved the road for us for writing songs,” The Peach Pickers, country trio and openers, said. “We had one of the best songwriters, not only in country music but rock, pop, rap, ain't no matter what kind of music, Jimmy Buffett was one of the best songwriters of all time.”
They performed “Margaritaville” in honor of Buffett, who died at 76 earlier September.
Luke Bryan and his band go big on ‘Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day’
If country boys are praying for hunting, fishing, and loving every day, according to Bryan’s song, concertgoers are praying to hear their favorite songs sound just as good live as it does through their earbuds. The 2015 country chart topper was especially exciting live Thursday night when Bryan and his band delivered crowd-pleasing solos that expanded the length of what is heard in the song. The crowd was treated to Bryan’s impressive guitar work, a keyboardist who added in some funk and later, the musician on banjo strummed up a frenzy.
The Peach Pickers warm up the crowd with country hits
For 14 years, The Peach Pickers have joined Bryan for his Farm Tours, they told the audience Thursday night. The Peach Pickers are a country songwriting team comprised of Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. The trio clued in any concertgoers unfamiliar with them just what exactly they are responsible for by singing the songs they’ve written for popular country artists over the years, from Blake Shelton to Morgan Wallen. The Peach Pickers performed “What’s Your Country Song” by Thomas Rhett, “Dirt On My Boots” by Jon Pardi, “Honey Bee” by Shelton and more over their 45-minute country karaoke-like set.
Kameron Marlowe sings Johnny Cash
Country singer-songwriter and former “The Voice” contestant Marlowe followed The Peach Pickers Thursday night and shared a cover of one of Johnny Cash’s most beloved and recognizable songs, “Folsom Prison Blues.” His reimagining of the song resulted in a slower, bluesy piece that shows just how well Marlowe can sing.
Luke Bryan tells crowd to ‘Strip It Down’
“We ready to strip it down on an Iowa Thursday night?” he asked.
The 2015 ballad titled “Strip It Down” that explores longing for a romantic, intimate moment may be intended for more weighty experience with the listener, but Bryan showed his playful side not only with that quip, but by purring humorously into the mic.
Luke Bryan, Kameron Marlowe and Chayce Beckham share the stage for a song
Bryan, Marlowe and the first performer of the night, “American Idol” winner and country singer Chayce Beckham, shared the stage for one song, Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt,” that featured Bryan. The song, which took No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, won song of the year at the Country Music Association awards last year.
Paris Barraza covers entertainment, lifestyle and arts at the Des Moines Register. Reach her at PBarraza@registermedia.com or follow her on Twitter @ParisBarraza.
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