By you know the Nashville Predators lost the 2017 Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
That’s a real bummer for some of country music’s biggest stars, but that’s not to say they didn’t have a lot of fun in the process. Among them was Luke Bryan, who performed five-song set on top of Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge before things got underway for Game 6. The last song, “I Don’t Want This Night To End,” was even used to open the broadcast.
“When the call came in that NBC wanted to do this thing, I was like, ‘Hey, I got to pull out any stop I can to get some tickets,'” Luke said later when visiting the broadcast booth during the game. “I said, ‘I don’t care if I’m worn down and haven’t slept, if my voice is half gone. I’m going to get up there and have fun.’ I was just honored to be a part of the celebration.”
Growing up in Leesburg, GA, hockey was a foreign concept when Luke arrived in Nashville in 2001. “That’s quite a stretch when you’ve never seen snow on the ground and maybe a puddle in your yard would freeze once a year,” he explained. “It just totally hooked me.”
Everyone in the family is a Preds fan these days. “My wife and I for the last three weeks, we don’t need an alarm clock,” he continued. “All we do is hear feet stomping. We hear, ‘Goal!’ … We’re going to probably need a new rug in the living room before it’s all said and done.” See the entire interview here.
Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.