The opening night crowd was big and bawdy enough to turn Tuesday into a Friday for Jake Owen, and tonight Luke Bryan likely will draw even more country fans to the riverfront.
Bryan’s past includes a host of Steamboat Days alums.
For one thing, Bryan often teams up with Jason Aldean. And he began his Nashville career co-writing Billy Currington’s No. 1 single “Good Directions,” co-wrote his own second album on Capitol with Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, with No. 1 singles “Rain Is a Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.”
Bryan said people often misinterpret his rural roots.
“People, when they want to try to get me to record one of their songs, they think I’m a little more backwoods than I actually am,” he said. “I’m always more on the cutting edge trying to find something new, fresher sounding country.”
And what do people get right about him most of the time?
“I’m a pretty nice guy,” he said. “I think they get that right.”
Bryan said he’s played Iowa before, but this might be his first time in our part of the three-rivers Iowa delta.
“I’ve been everywhere 10 times,” he said. “It feels like I’ve been in Burlington before, but we’re certainly looking forward to being there now.”
Everyone in Bryan’s five-piece band plays multiple instruments except his drummer.
“I feel like my show is as good as anything out there, and people will have the time of their life if they get a chance to come out and catch the show,” he said.
Bryan was stunned when he learned he’s playing the same festival as Alice Cooper.
“That’s crazy,” he said.
No, Luke, my friend, that’s Steamboat Days.