Five years ago, Luke Bryan took a tumble on stage — thankfully, that moment can live on thanks to a video

It was 2011, and the world was just getting to know of a country artist by the name of Luke Bryan.

His third album “Tailgates & Tanlines” was beginning to gain momentum thanks to hit songs such as “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” “Drunk on You” and “I Don’t want This Night to End” — and fans were just beginning to get a taste of his hip shaking moves and undeniable smile.

One of those fans was Janel Merkwan.

“It was Steamboat days in Burlington, Iowa,” recalls Merkwan, who was one of the lucky ones standing in the pit right next to the stage. “It was 100 degrees all day as we were waiting for (Bryan) to come on, and then it POURED his whole set.”

That rain made for a slippery stage, which caused Bryan to slip and fall … onto Merkwan.

Be jealous, very jealous.

“I love that technology keeps track of all this for me so I can look back and remember….apparently this was 5 years ago today,” Merkwan posted on her Facebook page alongside a video of the fall. “It was the BEST LUKE BRYAN MOMENT EVER, and I miraculously was videotaping the whole time! Him falling onto me was ridiculous. This just solidified that ‘Rain is (in fact) a Good Thing’!”

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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