Farm Tour 2011
Farm Tour tickets can be purchased at lukebryan.com and cost $25.
They also can be purchased at Harry’s BBQ in Claxton and in Statesboro at The University Store, Party Impressions, Made in the Shade Sunglasses & Apparel and Heavenly Ham..
According to Longneedle Farm’s web site, the tailgate begins at 2 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Blankets and chairs are allowed.
For more information about what’s not allowed go to longneedlefarmtractorpull.com.
Longneedle Farm is at 3032 L J Rd., Claxton.
They say “rain is a good thing,” and for the past two years, even heavy rain hasn’t stopped throngs of people from going out to an area farm to watch country music star Luke Bryan perform. There has been such interest from fans, in fact, that Bryan’s swapping up the venue to accommodate more people who are ready to “shake it” at this year’s show on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Longneedle Farm in Claxton.
“We changed (the venue) up just to be able to provide for a bigger crowd,” Bryan said during a phone interview on Monday. “We’re just always trying to find and make sure we have easy situations for fans to get in. We’re kind of growing and growing and a lot of people couldn’t make it into the venue, because it got too crowded, so we swapped up the location.”
Bryan’s farm tour started as a way to give back to agricultural communities by celebrating farmers and offering a fun escape with the outdoor shows.
In an interview with Connect Statesboro in 2009, Bryan said, “I wanted to start doing this series of shows called ‘The Farm Tour’ where you set up on various farms across the country and start playing music and kind of setting up our own little world out in the country and doing a tour. We’ll set up a stage and some lights out in the country and just let people come and party down with us.”
Proceeds from the concerts are made available as a scholarship for a student from a farming family attending a local college in each community where the shows are taking place, including Georgia Southern University where Bryan majored in business management and was a member of Sigma Chi.
“It’s my third year of doing a farm tour,” Bryan said. “You know, a lot of the college kids are supporting the tour, and we just want to try to give back a little bit.”
Bryan is originally from Leesburg, but says he has “a lot of roots planted in the Statesboro area a lot of friends there.”
But during his upcoming visit, he doesn’t expect to get to spend much time reconnecting with his friends here, because things stay so busy. However, Bryan says often when he’s in the area he likes to eat at a place he used to eat at a lot while he was in college.
“We used to do the whole Legends thing, but that’s gone,” he said, “Dingus used to be the big one and the Wooden Nickel, all the bars there around the square.”
Bryan’s success has led him far from the stage at Legends, where he played his first show in Statesboro, to much larger stages across the country. The busy entertainer just wrapped up a tour with Tim McGraw. He’s starting his Farm Tour this week and is also headlining the 10th annual CMT on Tour show to promote the release of his new album, “Tailgates and Tanlines.” Bryan was in California on Monday filming a segment for Access Hollywood and preparing for a guest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but still took the time to talk to Connect Statesboro about his growing popularity.
“You never really get used to any of this, I don’t think,” Bryan said. “You just have to make sure you’re enjoying it all and keeping a smile on your face, and my main thing is just getting out there and making sure you’re having fun with everything and enjoy the good times and make the most of all the opportunities.”
Casey Stoddard can be reached at (912) 489-9415.