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This is a life lesson for country fans everywhere: If you see a person stranded on the side of the road on your way to a concert, you have to stop. Always. No matter what. Because what if that person turned out to be Luke Bryan? Or Tim McGraw? Or Jason Aldean? Or Brad Paisley? It could happen. In fact it did happen, to Emily Krause. She was on her way to a Dave Matthews Band concert in Pennsylvania on Saturday (July 13) and found Dave Matthews. “We saw him on the other side of the road, and we pulled my car in here. And he picks up his bike and throws it up here,” she told a local TV station. Matthews had gone for a pre-show bike ride, and his bicycle broke down and he had no cell phone. After the unlikely trio loaded the star’s bike onto their car, Matthews got in and they drove him to the venue. The couple joined Matthews for dinner, then he put them in the front row for the show. And Matthews thanked Krause from the stage. “I did not have a cell phone on the bicycle. So I thought, ’S—.’ And then a nice lady named Emily rode up in a red car with a bicycle rack on it and gave me a ride on to the gig,” he told the crowd. So keep this in mind the next time you’re heading to a show. A random act of kindness could be your ticket to the front row.