Luke Bryan Adds 2 Country Stars And 13 Stadium Concerts To 2018 Tour


Apparently Luke Bryan just isn’t busy enough. This year he embarks on his What Makes You Country tour. He is also a judge on the new American Idol reboot. Besides that, he has a wife, children, and a farm. But why stop there? Bryan knows that you want to strike while the iron is hot. And he is one hot iron right now, so he’s added 13 huge stadium concerts this summer and asked some exciting guests artists, including Sam Hunt, to join him.

What Makes You Country XL Tour

Luke Bryan, What Makes You Country XL, Jon Pardi, Sam Hunt, tour
Luke Bryan (photo from Tulsa World)

Luke Bryan labeled the stadium tour as What Makes You Country XL. These dates kick off May 31rst in Toronto, Ontario at the Rogers Theatre. Bryan and his XL tour plan to visit 13 stadiums across North America. These include some famous ballparks, such as Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Wrigley Field in Chicago, and Boston’s Fenway Park. Notably, Dodger Stadium is also on the list. Bryan is the first county star to play that venue.

“I tell you what, nothing is more special than to be in your house with your three boys and go ‘Hey, Dad’s playing [Dodger Stadium] in a couple weeks,’ or ‘Dad played it last year,'” Bryan said in a press conference. “They look at me like, ‘You serious, Dad?'”

Another exciting feature is that he invited some big-name artists and up-and-coming stars to join him.

Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi, and Others

Luke Bryan, What Makes You Country XL, Jon Pardi, Sam Hunt, tour
Jon Pardi (photo from Myrtle Beach Sun News)

Guests on the Luke Bryan What Makes You Country XL tour include Sam Hunt, Morgan Walden, and Carly Pearce. Pearce, the “Every Little Thing” singer, also spends 2018 on tour with Blake Shelton and Thomas Rhett. Jon Pardi, who is opening for Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies tour, is also joining.

CMT interviewed Jon Pardi to find out just exactly how one gets asked to go on tour with Luke Bryan. It turns out it’s a really simple process. 

“Luke just sent me a text. It was just, ‘Man, you wanna go on tour?’ I was like, ‘Yeah,’” Pardi said. “Everybody’s really excited. Because me and Luke, we go way back. We’re buddies. I met Luke in 2011, when we were playing little 1,000-1,500 seat theaters.”

He continued, joking, “And then he put ‘Country Girl (Shake It For Me)’ out, and I never saw him again. When you’ve got history like we do, though, it’s fun to be like, ‘Hey, look at us. We’re still here. And we’re on tour together.’”

Jon Pardi is correct. It is going to be fun. Let us know if you plan to attend any of the What Makes You Country or What Makes You Country XL performances.