GREENBACK (WATE) – Country superstar Luke Bryan’s Greenback Farm Tour concert still went on, despite having broken his clavicle in a bicycle accident earlier in the day.
Paden Sawyer, Maple Lane Farms owner, says Luke Bryan was involved in a bicycle accident and was treated at Blount Memorial Hospital. Bryan tweeted he has a broken clavicle and would be wearing a sling during the concert.
Bryan kicked up the dust up before more than 16,000 people at Maple Lane Farms Thursday night and paid tribute to its late founder.
“He was the life of the party, so the party is going to have a different tone this year,” Paden Sawyer, Maple Lane Farms owner and daughter of the late farmer Bob Schmidt.
This marks Bryan’s third stop in Greenback, but it’s the first year without Farmer Bob, who passed away earlier this year after suffering two strokes. Bryan plans on honoring his friend in a way only he knows how.
“He’s got a song “Here’s to the Farmer” and we’re going to have something about Bob on the jumbo screen,” Trey Britt, Luke Bryan Farm Tour promoter, said.
Bryan performed the very song he dedicated in Bob’s honor, recognizing and thanking farmers like him across America.
“I was like in shock when I first heard the song, and then I watched it again and just cried through the whole thing,” Sawyer said. “The song just seems like it was written about my dad.”
Though it will be different without Farmer Bob this year, tour organizers said it would be a celebration of Schmidt’s life, with Bryan playing all of his hits and showing off all of his dance moves.
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“It’s a backyard show with all this production,” Britt said. “You’re seeing the exact same thing as you would on the road at his full show.”
The Greenback show comes one day after the crew had to cancel a show in South Carolina due to Hurricane Mathew.
“It was a big bummer,” Britt said. “We were all ready, but safety first.”
Thursday at Maple Lane Farms it’s all sunshine, a sign, Paden Sawyer says, that her dad is smiling down from heaven.
“He was like my best friend,” she said. “I mean, he was a character. He was the source of a lot of laughs, so we’re going to miss him today.”