Luke Bryan and the members of Lady Antebellum have always been pretty tight, so it's no surprise to hear them talking really nicely about each other headed into Thursday night's CMA Awards. Lady A's Own the Night and Luke's tailgates & tanlines are both up for Album of the Year at the show, and Lady Antebellum 's Charles Kelley predicted that Luke's project would be huge for him before it came out.
Charles and Luke happened to run into each other on a plane back to Nashville from the beach a while back, and Luke gave Charles an advance copy of tailgates & tanlines to listen to during the flight.
Charles tells ABC News Radio, "I listened to it, and I leaned over, and I was like, 'I'm telling you, this is absolutely gonna change your world.' I said, 'This is your breakout record.'" (Lady Antebellum Audio Is Exclusive)
It turns out Charles was right about the album. It's produced multiple #1 hits for Luke and catapulted him to launch his own headlining tour next year.
Luke says of his buddy's early approval of the album, "Charles sent me some pretty good mojo on that one."
Luke hopes this new tour will launch him into a possible CMA nod for Entertainer of the Year in the future.
"I certainly didn't move to Nashville without the aspirations of being in that breath of being one of the best entertainers of the year," Luke says. "I think fans come to a show, want to see a great show, and I approach my shows with so much focus to make that happen."
Just having nominations and a performance slot on the CMAs is a big deal for Luke. He says, "I always revert back to being a kid and watching the CMA Awards and really just being enamored by the stars on there, and knowing that I'm a part of this stuff is really amazing for me."
Lady Antebellum is also set to perform on the 46th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Nashville on ABC Thursday night at 8 ET. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio