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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Singer-songwriter Luke Bryan attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CMT)

Luke Bryan‘s music is one reason he’s widely adored, but his heart is yet another. Just look at what happened at a Farm Tour 2017 stop in Boone, Iowa recently.

Iowan Max Bird, who was born with Down syndrome and struggles with a speech impediment, is one of Luke’s biggest fans. And after learning the singer was coming to Iowa, he worked all summer with a speech pathologist so he would be able to say Luke’s name at the concert. When a video of Max’s efforts began circulating online, one of Luke’s tour sponsors took note and arranged for the boy to meet his idol.

“The first thing [Bryan] said to Max was ‘Let me hear you say my name,'” Max’s mom Jaimi tells The Des Moines Register. “Max grinned huge and said ‘Luke Bryan’ with a perfect ‘k.’ My husband and I both had tears in our eyes. It was amazing.”

Luke then signed autographs for Max, took a series of pictures with him, and even joined his young fan in singing “Here’s To The Farmer,” Max’s favorite Luke Bryan song. “At that moment, it wasn’t about his speech,” Max’s mom continues. “It wasn’t about what he couldn’t do. It was about what he could do. Luke understood him, they connected and it was a special, special moment.”

Check out the remaining dates on Luke’s Farm Tour 2017 here. Read more in The Des Moines Register here.


Teddy McDonald is a fun-lovin’ country music fan man living in Nashville, Tennessee.