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Luke Bryan's ode to the USA has us in disbelief Getty Images/Mike Coppola
Getty Images/Mike Coppola

It was the first time the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings, hosted a music concert, and Luke Bryan thought the momentous occasion deserved a momentous kickoff.

Luke introduced the stadium into the world of live music shows with a goose bump-inducing performance of the “Star Spangled Banner,” our country’s national anthem.

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Now hold on! Before you check out the video, let’s talk about this. We all know Luke is a good-time, party anthem singer. He excels at songs he can wiggle and bump to, and whip his fans into a frenzy with. Songs like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and “That’s My Kind of Night” will be mainstays in Luke’s set list for eternity. But real fans know he can also melt a heart with ballads like “Do I” and “Drink A Beer.” He’s a man for all seasons of life and love.

But the national anthem? Doesn’t that require a “real” singer?

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Ladies and gentlemen, Luke Bryan is a real singer and the proof is in this performance of the national anthem. A sweet, warm tenor and a gentle, controlled vibrato are all the bravado Luke needs for this respectful and sincere rendition of our country’s song. Luke doesn’t execute vocal gymnastics like many artists attempt to do in an effort to make it their own when performing the anthem. He adheres to the song’s original incarnation, which is quite rangy and difficult, and delivers the song in its purest form.

We aren’t sure who is providing harmonies about halfway through, maybe Little Big Town, who is also on the Kill The Lights Tour with Luke, but they are subtle and only enhance his performance.

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Well done, Mr. Bryan.

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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