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The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
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Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
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Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
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Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
BLACKSHEAR, GA (WTOC) - Luke Bryan took the stage for the first time in Georgia Friday night since winning the Academy of County Music's Top New Artist award in April. He said the honor is still sinking in, just like his new level of fame.
"It's been unbelievable since Las Vegas and all the fan support that made the award happen," explained the Leesburg, Georgia native and Georgia Southern University graduate. "It's been cool to watch the recognition come in, people recognizing me more since the award."
Bryan's career now has him criss-crossing the country and playing in some of the biggest arenas. But, when he gets back to Georgia, he lets the Welcome To The Farm tour live up to its name.
His show Friday night at Boatright Farms in Marshon helped raise money for a man who needs a kidney transplant. Seven thousand people came out to see him and several local acts. Luke finds helping someone from his home state double rewarding.
"It's nice to come back and give a little bit because the community gives you so much," he told WTOC. "You also want to say thank you to the community because you inconvenience a lot of people with traffic and other things when you come into town."
He now has the award and a number one song under his belt. But he's focused on the future.
"I'm just chipping away at being a better singer, song writer, performer every day. The music will dictate everything. Hopefully, the CMA awards are coming up, and hopefully I'll be in the hunt for some of those honors," he noted.
He said the hard work becomes more enjoyable when you become the singer the crowd waits through others to see.
"It's more fun when you have more people singing your songs. You know a lot of them came to see you so it's pretty cool," he added.
Despite all the fame, Bryan said he will come home to south Georgia whenever he can.
Click HERE to see Luke's tour dates and locations so far this year.