The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is making plans that will, no doubt, lead him back into the running to hold onto that crown come November.
Luke Bryan unveiled major plans for 2015 during a press conference today at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The first and biggest announcement was the 2015 Kick the Dust Up Tour, which begins May 8th in Grand Forks, North Dakota. For the first time in his career, the country superstar will do double duty on some of his tour stops, staying for two nights of shows in 13 cities, including Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia.
"The ability to go into a city and stay two nights is something I could only ever dream of," Bryan says. "It's amazing that we're in this spot, and I can't thank you fans enough for allowing it to go down."
Seven one-night stadium shows are also on tap — in St. Paul, Minnesota; Santa Clara, California; Cincinnati, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Denver; Detroit and Bryan's adopted hometown of Nashville, where he will play Vanderbilt University's football stadium. "I wanna bring the I.Q. down for one night there," jokes Bryan, who will be the first-ever country act to play Vanderbilt's stadium, following the likes of the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and U2.
Another first for Bryan's career will be international shows added to his lineup, with stops planned for Norway, Sweden, Ireland, Germany and the U.K. Opening acts for the entire trek will be Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch, with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett joining the stateside stadium shows. (Click here for a full list of cities and dates, along with ticket information and details on how to win a flyaway contest to one of the concerts.)
Two months before Bryan kicks the dust up, he'll perform his seventh annual — and last — Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, Florida. The free, two-day event has seen crowds of some 200,000 pack the beach to see the country phenom, who releases a Spring Break-themed EP each year in conjunction with the shows. Set for March 11th and 12th this year, the Luke Bryan Spring Break run will come to an end with a final EP, Spring Break... Checkin' Out, to be released March 10th, along with a deluxe Spring Break CD compilation.
"We're going to end it on a big bang. It's been an amazing run. If you look at how we entered our spring break process, we just wanted to go play music on the beach," says the 38-year-old singer, who quotes Hank Williams Jr.'s "All My Rowdy Friends" as his humorous explanation for ending the run: "The hangovers hurt worse than they used to!"
The new Spring Break music will be followed by Bryan's fifth studio album, for which he says he's recorded four songs so far. The Kick the Dust Up Tour is named after one of those tracks.
In between his beach party and international travels, the Georgia native will once again co-host the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton. The live broadcast is set for April 19th, with nominations to be announced January 27th. It's very likely one of Bryan's four ACM trophies will be on display at a new exhibit opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this May. Running through November, the exhibit will include memorabilia spanning the singer's years from the songwriting son of a peanut farmer to a platinum-selling stadium filler.
And if 2015 still doesn't sound eventful enough for the "Roller Coaster" crooner... "We have other things in store," Bryan teases. "I have crazy ideas for offshoots and new music, so stay tuned."