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Leesburg folks proud of Luke Bryan

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LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

When you pull in to Leesburg, Georgia it may seem like a small town, which is normally pretty quiet.

But when it comes to Country music singer Luke Bryan, Lee County folks are all eager to say one thing when asked about the big star growing in their hometown.

"Oh, we love it. We're so proud of him. Yeah, yeah, we're so proud of him," said Tina Morell and Gina Ethridge, residents of Leesburg.

The singer grew up there and several hit songs later, he's on stage Sunday night as co-host for the Academy of Country Music Awards.  He's also been nominated for four awards, including Entertainer of the Year.

Students who now attend Lee County High School where Luke graduated say it's hard to believe such a big star was once where they are now.

"Feels pretty cool to be at the same high school and walk the same halls he did. It's kind of interesting. I like it," said Ashley Morris, Lee County student.

Leesburg residents say everyone in town knows him and his family, or at least knows someone who knows them, and they say he's always a big topic of conversation.

"You hear about him a lot. You go to a friend's house and they've got pictures of him, with them. So, it's not just like he went and got famous and never came back to his home town. That's another thing that's pretty cool about him," said Emily Everson, Leesburg resident.

They say even before he was famous, everyone could see his potential.  They knew the boy playing shows down the road was going to make it big someday. 

"He used to play up here at All Pro Sports Bar and it was just a packed house every time," said Ethridge.

Luke Bryan comes back to Leesburg from time to time for parades or family visits.

Just goes to show, whether you come from a small town or a big city, anyone can accomplish their dreams and you never forget your roots.

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