Luke Bryan says CMA Fest fans are “what makes country music so great”

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In less than two weeks, the annual three-hour recap of CMA Fest premieres on ABC.

This year, country fans once again proved their dedication, waiting it out through sweltering heat and rainstorms to see their favorite stars.

It's a phenomenon Luke Bryan's seen time and again, but he believes country fans are so die-hard, they really don't mind it too much.

"I think if you sign up for this week as a country music fan to come to CMA Music Fest," he says, "some form of the weather always comes into play when you're in Nashville for a week."

"But it is amazing," he goes on. "I mean, we've seen fans bear the unbearable through hundred-degree days in the sun all day, and yeah, we've had rain through my years of being a part of this.  And that's just a part of the experience. I think the fans understand it."

Luke goes on: "This is their week to absorb every bit of Nashville, country music, and what the CMA Music Fest does. And they're not gonna let a little lightning or rain get in their way. And I'm always amazed."

For the second year in a row, Luke occupied the ultimate headlining spot, closing out CMA Fest on Sunday night.

"Even when I closed the show last year...you look out there and there's still so many people out there," he recalls. "You've got some hardcore fans out there, and that's what makes country music so great."

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini return to host the CMA Fest special for the third time this year. Tune in to watch Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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