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As Luke Bryan stepped onto the stage of Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to sing his hit song “Rain is a Good Thing,” everyone in the arena knew the song just felt different in light of the ongoing Tennessee wildfires.

“Rain is a good thing for Gatlinburg right now,” he told the thousands assembled for the 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam.

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Just a couple hours before, Luke sat down with Rare Country to talk about the tragedy of the Tennessee wildfires. “My prayers and thoughts are with everybody in the area,” he told usbackstage. “I have a lot of ties in Gatlinburg and a lot of friends in East Tennessee affected by that and the fires.”


Indeed, Luke’s ties to the area run deep.

“I was walking the streets of Gatlinburg when I was a 14-year-old kid and saw a guy playing the guitar,” Luke told us. “It was one of my memories that I can remember where I wanted to go learn how to play the guitar. I’ve been to the Pigeon Forge area and Gatlinburg area many times and going to Dolly wood. It was a good ole folk’s vacation area.”

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So what do we all do next? Luke has one piece of advice.

“At this point all we can do is pray for them to heal and pray for their safety and pray for those we have lost,” Luke said. “There is no doubt that Gatlinburg will come back. That whole area will come back better and stronger and the roller coasters will be running again at Dollywood before you know it.”

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