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New York is one of the most electric cities in the United States. If you’re from the country, however, you might think it isn’t a place for you. But it can be! New York is filled with lots of friendly folks and country music fans, and now there’s even a place for them all to hang out together.

Luke Bryan appeared on “Good Morning America” Dec. 8 to help launch the Grand Ole Opry’s new Opry City Stage in New York. The live music venue and restaurant, located in busy tourist center Times Square, offers authentic country cooking and, according to Luke and “GMA’s” Robin Roberts, it was smelling pretty good.

“Maybe catfish and waffles back there,” Luke joked. From the looks of the menu, there’s barbecue, brisket, burgers and Nashville hot chicken too, Luke. Yum!

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Luke is in New York to promote his new album, “What Makes You Country,” and its Dec. 8 release date also happens to fall on his 11th anniversary with wife Caroline. He told Robin, “She cut me some slack. I was like, ‘Baby, my album comes out on our anniversary.’ And she’s like, ‘OK, we’ll have fun with it,’ so we leave tonight and we go to L.A., and she and I are going to have an anniversary dinner.” When the crowd cheered its approval, Luke sheepishly said, “Don’t give me that much credit.”

When they wrap in California, Luke, Caroline and all of their team will be heading back to their respective homes for the holidays. The Georgia boy admitted that he loves the holidays and said, “I become Clark W. Griswold. I’m falling off things, but we have a big time. We’re going to get the whole family in. Some of the family that we don’t like, we try to put them way out in the barn, in the lofts.” He flashed his dazzling smile and admitted, “No, I’m playing. I’m digging myself a holiday hole.”

And don’t think that Luke got away without giving a full house of country music fans a few songs. You can watch his “GMA” performance of “Light It Up” here.

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We hope part of Luke’s holiday plans are to get some rest in. He has one heckuva year ahead of him. After his Crash My Playa concert event in January, Luke will hit the road for the first leg of the “What Makes You Country Tour” in February. And we can’t forget, that the “American Idol” reboot on ABC begins March 11, with Luke in one of the judge’s chairs this year.

But wait — there’s one more thing! Luke is nominated in three different categories — Fan Moment, Tour and Male Artist of the Year — at the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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