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Luke Bryan has never been more adorable than the night he played the Grand Ole Opry for the first time YouTube

Every country artist dreams about getting to play the Grand Ole Opry. For most, that dream never comes true.

For Luke Bryan however, that dream came true in a hurry.

On April 6, 2007, four months before he even released his full-length debut album, “I’ll Stay Me,” that dream came true as Luke was invited to perform in the famed circle. With only his one radio single “All My Friends Say” to his name, Luke took that one song and tore it up.

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“It was a damn dream come true,” Luke said once it was all over. “I got onstage and I just kept saying ‘dream come true’ for some strange reason. It was a blast. I was wonderfully comfortable. It was a little nervous but it was good.”

It turned out the early performance was more of a blessing even Luke wasn’t aware of at the time. When he was invited to perform at the famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, his older sister, Kelly Cheshire, was so proud she organized 129 people to travel to Nashville to attend his Opry debut.

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Tragically, that was the last time she would see her little brother perform. Just a few days after Luke’s performance, his sister passed away.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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