The world knows Luke Bryan as a dynamic country superstar, but he traces his roots back to a peanut farm in South Georgia. Luke grew up working at his dad’s fertilizer and peanut company, and that experience inspired his first-ever Farm Tour EP, “Here’s to the Farmer.” The title track is a salute to those men and women who work the land and provide the food we eat every day.
In this clip, premiering exclusively on Rare Country, Luke says of that song, “I love that way it turned out. It says everything I want to say, and I think a farmer can hear that song and relate and understand it. That I appreciate ’em, and I think a lot of people out there certainly appreciate what they do.”
When you dig into the lyrics of “Here’s to the Farmer,” you realize Luke truly is writing and singing from experience about the ups and downs of farm life. There’s a line in there about the perseverance of the farmer doing all that backbreaking work day in and day out. Luke even gives a shoutout to the banker who keeps the farmer afloat during those tough times.
He says, “Anytime I can write a song that really kind of pays homage to the farmers and do it in a way that I feel like they would appreciate it, I’m certainly gonna go after it.”
Luke has four other brand-new songs on the Farm Tour EP, available Sept. 23. His eighth annual Farm Tour kicks off Oct. 5 at Culler Farms in Gaston, South Carolina. You can get a look at the tour in Luke’s new video for “Here’s to the Farmer.”
The trek will hit eight farms across the south and mid-west before wrapping up Oct. 15 at Mid America Motorworks in Effingham, Illinois. A portion of the ticket proceeds go to the Luke Bryan Farm Tour scholarship in each community to help out local college students are agriculture majors or a student from a farming family.
Go to LukeBryan.com for a full list of Farm Tour dates.