Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line teamed up for a loose, exaggerated cover of Alabama’s “Mountain Music” at their recent Kick the Dust Up tour stop in Nashville’s Vanderbilt Stadium. In a largely unscripted moment, the friends proved that even when you’re the biggest stars in country music, sometimes you’ve just gotta wing it.
It all started when Bryan took a seat at a piano in the middle of the stadium for a mid-set breakdown, then invited his power-duo openers back to the stage. Together, the three jumped into the iconic “Mountain Music” chorus. But while Bryan seemed intent to play it straight, the whole thing quickly turned into a karaoke dance off, thanks to FGL.
Using the chicken dance as his secret weapon, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard seems to have won the dancing contest, while Bryan and Hubbard’s bandmate, Brian Kelley could only point and laugh.
“Luke, I don’t know how that number worked out, man, but that was pretty fun,” Hubbard joked after the abridged song came to an end.
Looking to keep the improvised spirit going, the newly-formed trio then tried to launch into Journey’s “Faithfully,” with Bryan plunking the opening chords on the piano and Hubbard musing, “I just got married; this feels like a marriage song or something.” The song was meant to be Hubbard’s big moment — “It’s my turn, Luke!” he said once “Mountain Music” came to a close, feigning frustration with Bryan for hogging the spotlight — but once the first verse got underway, he had to admit he didn’t know the words.
With a little help from Bryan’s touring band, though, the three singers were able to pull it together for the power ballad’s iconic refrain of “Whoa-oh-oh-oh,” leaving fans with big smiles and a strong ending to an otherwise unrehearsed pair of songs.
“I swear, I told Tyler and Brian we didn’t have a plan,” Bryan explained. “I said, ‘Y’all just run out and we’ll play music.’ Anyway, I hope y’all like that.”
Incidentally, Bryan and the FGL boys have since switched to covering Tim McGraw’s “Where the Green Grass Grows,” and that has gone over much smoother, proving that practice makes perfect.
Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up tour continues through October 30th, with Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser as his usual openers. Florida Georgia Line will join in the fun whenever the tour routes its way through a stadium.