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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –  Award winning country singer and Lee County native Luke Bryan is back in south Georgia to kick off his Farm Tour 2010at the Coffee Weed Plantation.  The four day concert series raises awareness about farming. 

It also raises money for charities and scholarships and gives up and coming bands an opportunity to open up for a successful musician.

We caught up with Bryan on his way to a peanut field to get peanuts to boil backstage before the show. "When I'm home, I got to get some boiled peanuts!" he said.

He loves getting back to his roots and playing in Georgia. "When I was young we used to find old tractor sheds and have a big ole concert in a tractor shed, and now we're just finding big fields trying to find places that seem like where people want to have a good time."

On the farm tour local bands also get to perform. Bands get an opportunity to open up for a performer they're inspired by. Like the Valdosta-based Tim Miller Band and the Lance Helton Band who are both doing acoustic based shows.

"We never thought we get this opportunity we were asked about it a couple months ago," said Tim Miller. "We were hoping it would happen and it actually did so we're very excited."

"My guitar player just recently cut the tip of his finger off so I kind of got thrown into the fire playing by myself," said Lance Helton.

Both musicians are hyped up about playing music in front of thousands expected to be out tonight, when they're typically used to playing in front of 200, just like Luke Bryan used to do even here in Valdosta at places like mellow mushroom.

Earlier this year, Bryan was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Artist and Top New Solo Vocalist. He's up for Best New Artist at the CMA Awards in November. The concert starts at seven. Luke Bryan should take the stage around 9:00. His next stop is Statesboro Wednesday night.


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