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Luke Bryan reflects on recent tragedies that have hit him hard Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images 
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In the spotlight, Luke Bryan usually has a smile on his face. Outside of that spotlight, he’s like anyone else — some weeks just don’t give you a whole heck of a lot to smile about.

And after a couple of weeks that have brought multiple tragedies, including two devastating hurricanes and the deaths of a pair of country music icons, even Luke admits it has put him in a bit of a funk.

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“Life is about understanding what you can control and what you can’t control,” Luke said minutes before stepping on the Grand Ole Opry stage September 13 as one of the performers at the annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids night. “There is no way around life getting you a little bit, and it seems to have gotten us a little more than the average person.”

While Luke seemed to be referring to the deaths of loved ones that have hit his family extremely hard in recent years, he also touched on the effect the untimely death of Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry has had on him. “I walk in the door backstage of the Grand Ole Opry and the first picture you see is Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry right there, and you think about that family and what they are dealing with this week,” he explained. “My heart goes out to them.”

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In times of trouble, Luke realizes that many fans look to entertainment figures for support and comfort, and he is committed to remain an inspiration to all those hurting. “We have fallen into an inspirational role,” he said. “I mean, my wife and I and my family didn’t necessarily ask for it, but it’s here and I think about it on many levels. I always remember that people are watching. It’s a way of knowing that little things you are doing may possibly be inspiring people.”

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Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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