It was a tough night for Luke Bryan and company at their recent show in Louisville, Kentucky.

The “What Makes You Country Tour” stopped in at the KFC Yum! Center on Feb. 18, and though it was a dynamic show, there was something and someone missing: beloved crew member Marcus Wade.

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Marcus was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident last week, leaving behind his grieving wife, Lori. Throughout his career, he’d worked on several of Luke’s tours, including the “That’s My Kind of Night Tour,” the “Kill The Lights Tour” and also the “Farm Tour.” He’s also worked with Luke’s buddy Jason Aldean, as well as Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Justin Bieber in his career.

He was a part of Luke’s road family, and they all are heartbroken. And although there are no words that can express their grief, there are songs, and Luke took a moment during the show to send one up for his dear friend.

With just his guitar, Luke stepped out into the arena for a more stripped-down version of his poignant song “Drink A Beer,” to pay tribute to his fallen friend.

Country music insider and personality Ashley Eicher posted video of the performance on her Twitter page, and you can hear the pain in Luke’s voice.

“Tonight in Louisville. @LukeBryanOnline honoring Marcus Wade, one of the the treasured brothers on his crew who passed away [unexpectedly[ last week,” he captioned the video. “Saying a prayer for Marcus’ friends & family. ❤ #drinkabeer”

Even though that performance was undoubtedly so difficult for Luke, he sang his heart out for his friend and comrade.

There likely wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

The rest of the show was so full of heart, too. The song “Most People Are Good,” also struck a chord with the crowd.

“Luke Bryan opening weekend of #WhatMakesYouCountry Tour with the latest single #MostPeopleAreGood,” Ashley wrote. “Feels like we need this song right now ❤”

More than ever, we all need this song.

The “What Makes You Country Tour” makes stops next weekend in Pennsylvania; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Charlottesville, Virginia.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by friends of Marcus Wade to help his wife and family with the costs of his celebration of life funeral arrangements, as well as and the medical bills and emergency services.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with Marcus’ family and Luke and his entire touring family as they navigate this incredibly difficult time.

Luke Bryan pays heartfelt tribute to a fallen crew member with his most poignant song Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI
Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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