OFFSTAGE: Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan: BFFs

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In a recent Q&A, Luke Bryan opens up about everything from spring break shenanigans and clashing with Cyndi Lauper on Celebrity Apprentice to his country music heroes and his older brother Chris’ fatal car accident. But the best part is when he talks about his relationship with Jason Aldean . “My best artist friend is definitely Jason Aldean. He and I really get along great and are really great friends. It’s fun to tour with a buddy and somebody that I just enjoy hanging out with,” he says. “If we weren’t touring together, we’d be hunting in the off season still and knocking around doing stuff, certainly. I guess Jason and I are going on about four years knowing one another. We actually met in Knoxville, Tenn., in a radio station lobby and kinda chatted and had some mutual fans. As time progressed, we kinda hunted in the off season a little bit. We had a mutual friend in major league baseball.” A love of baseball, hunting and country music? Sounds like a solid foundation for any friendship.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.