Luke Bryan celebrated birthday number 43 yesterday (Wednesday July 17). He received several messages including one from his wife Caroline and his good friend Blake Shelton. Blake wrote,"Throwback to when @lukebryan wore clothes that actually fit him. Happy Birthday s***head!!" Caroline had some fun as well. She said, "Roses are red, violets are pleasant, you have everything ... so you get no present. Happy birthday Love Bug!!! I love you to the moon and back. Here’s to another year of completely random, classy pictures." Yep, sounds like a typical birthday celebration for Luke.
Alabama is going into the Musicians Hall of Fame. They'll be inducted October 22nd. Along with the induction they will receive the first LIfetime Achievement Award from the Hall. Randy Owen says it's very humbling. He says, "I am thankful to be a musician, a singer, a songwriter and for being able to make a living through touring and recording for the last 50 years." Bassist Teddy Gentry says, "To be in the Musicians Hall of Fame along with so many of my peers is one of the greatest honours we have ever received." Guitarist and fiddle player Jeff Cook adds, "This a great honour. I always thought of myself as a musician first."
As we mentioned earlier this week a lot has come Luke Combs way in the last couple of years or so. Along with doing his best to keep his ego in check he is trying to live in the moment and enjoy the success he's having. Luke says, "I'm a lucky dude. You know, it's not anything that I do any better or any different that anyone else, it's just that we have something right now that fans at country radio love and our fans want to buy tickets for, so we're just going to enjoy it while it's here and it could all be gone tomorrow. So, I just try to enjoy the moment and not get too caught up in why do people want to hear it so much. I think once you do that, you start watering down the reason you're doing it."
Lindsay Ell is a great musician so it's no surprise she plays more than one instrument. She started playing piano when she six years old. Clearly, she knows how to play the guitar. However, when it comes to the drums, not so much. At least not at the moment. But, maybe one day. Lindsay says, "I can't play the drums, so it's one day on the list of something to master. I mean, I can sit down at a kit and make some sort of noise, but it would be terrible. So, hopefully, one day, I'll be a pretty good drummer."
We've known this was in the works for a while but it's about to become reality. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan are opening a restaurant with former MLB player Adam LaRoche. E3 Chophouse is to open this fall. This steakhouse will be located in Hillsboro Village, west of downtown Nashville. LaRoche has been friends with Bryan for 15 years and his friendship with Aldean started a few years back after Jason sang the National Anthem at an Atlanta Braves game. They all became hunting buddies, and co-owners of the Buck Commander brand of hunting products. Adam says the guys are definitely involved in the decisions for the restaurant. "I’m literally on the phone with Jason talking about and going back and forth on which fabric we’re going to use for the booths upstairs." E3 Chophouse will open this fall at 1628 21st Avenue S. should you be hanging around Nashville later this year.