While Luke Bryan was in town last week for his Friday night concert at the Sprint Center he managed to squeeze in a little time with a special fan.
Eighty-eight-year-old Frances Stanaway has been a country music fan for many decades but hadn’t been able to see a live show for quite some time.
So Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in Lenexa, where Stanaway is a patient, arranged for her to meet Bryan through their Gift of a Day program.
It gives patients the chance to spend one day doing something they love. In Stanaway’s case, that was listening to country music.
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According to Crossroads Hospice, Stanaway’s special outing began with a free meal at Bristol Seafood Grill with her son, Vincent Sokolaski, and his wife, Linda. Then they headed for the Sprint Center.
Stanaway wore a custom T-shirt for the evening that boldly proclaimed, “Shake It for Me, Luke!,” a play on his hit song, “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).”
And boy did he.
Bryan’s fans know that his booty, most often sheathed in the tightest jeans known to mankind, is off-limits to random touching by fans.
His butt ban is famous.
“They’ll sneak one in on ya. It still happens — we’ve learned to understand it,” the star told Ellen DeGeneres in September, according to People.
“It’s funny ’cause see, like, early on in your career, you don’t want to tell your fans that they can’t interact with you, so you let them get away with kisses on the cheek … and all that.
“Someone will go, ‘Can I grab your butt?’ … back then if it was a polite ask we would oblige them. But then you got 90 other people, or 100 other people … it’s country music. We make the fans happy.”
Before his show at the Sprint show, though, he gladly let Stanaway cop a feel of his famous asset. (Read the Star’s review of the show here.)
A photo of Stanaway with a big grin on her face and her hands on Bryan’s behind showed up on his website. Fans were happy for her; a little jealous, too.
“To see her face when he walked in, with her wide eyes, and knowing she was having an amazing time, that’s what makes it all worthwhile,” Tracy Bunch, coordinator of the Gift of a Day program, said on the Crossroads website.
KSHB reported that Stanaway reciprocated Bryan’s warm gesture by giving him a couple of birthday treats.
The singer turned 41 on July 17 so she took him a bag of Lay’s potato chips – reportedly his favorite pre-concert snack – and a can of Topsy’s popcorn.
“This is probably the most excited she’s been for six to seven months,” Stanaway’s son told the TV station.