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Pushing ahead: Jon Langston enjoys challenge of playing before bigger audience

Jon Langston enjoys a challenge.

Country singer Jon Langston snagged an opening slot on Luke Bryan’s “Sunset Repeat” tour this summer. (Courtesy of Kristin Barlowe)

The 28-year-old country singer’s latest is the opening slot on Luke Bryan’s “Sunset Repeat” tour, which makes a stop in Albuquerque tonight. It’s a challenge that has him excited to be in front of a bigger audience, while using well the 30 minutes he gets for his set.

“We shove nine songs into 30 minutes,” he says during a recent interview. “We’re going straight into the songs and not talking too much to the audience. It’s a challenge, because I’m introducing myself to practically a new set of potential fans each night.”

Langston’s journey in music has been filled with highs and lows.

But music hasn’t been on the front burner all the time.

In his hometown, Loganville, Georgia, Langston, the eldest of three boys, grew up playing football, which eventually led him to earning a scholarship at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina.

While playing football, his suffered his sixth concussion, which left him blind for 15 minutes. It also ended his football career.

Cole Swindell, Luke Bryan and Jon Langston will perform at the Sunset Repeat Tour in Albuquerque.

Devastated, Langston picked up his guitar and began writing. He began playing open mic nights and gigging wherever he could.

By 2014, Langston moved to Nashville, Tenn., and was writing with mentor and fellow country singer Rhett Akins.

Langston always writes from an introspective space.

“I say the more personal the better,” he says. “It’s just cool to see fans react on a personal level to the songs. They tell me how the songs have affected them. That’s what it’s about for me. It’s a rewarding part because it’s impacting people.”

Langston is also the first artist signed to Bryan’s label, 32 Bridge Entertainment.

He’s released the singles “When It Comes to Loving You” and, more recently, “Dance Tonight.”

He’s still working on his coming album.

As part of Bryan’s summer tour, Langston is two weeks in and having a blast. It’s been a lot of hard work getting to this point, and he takes nothing for granted.

“You don’t prepare for anything like this,” he says of his rapid rise in music. “You get thrown to the wolves, and you make the best of it. Being on the road with a solid entertainer, it helps inspire me to push further. I’m writing every day. I also take time to make sure that I stay fit physically and mentally. It’s an exciting time.”

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