Let’s play "What would Luke say."

Luke Bryan struggled to respond to Garth Brooks' announcement that he wishes to permanently remove himself from Entertainer of the Year consideration at the CMA Awards,

Bryan, a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year himself, makes it clear the award means something to him, but at this point, simply being nominated feels like winning.

"I truly believe that when I won, I was deserving."

Bryan won the award in 2014 and 2015, while Brooks has won three of four years since, giving him seven total — a record. Garth admitted even he fully expected Carrie Underwood to win last November. And Luke agrees.

"My thought is, if we go for some long period of time and Carrie Underwood never wins a CMA Entertainer of the Year, that's quite disturbing for me, because she's definitely ... she's done everything you can do to win, in my opinion," Bryan says.

He adds: "And that goes for Eric (Church)."

Back to Garth. What’s next?  He doesn’t have his own bar in Nashville. He's thinking about it, though.

"It’s coming in the future," “In the next two to three years.”

He seems set on a location.  Nashville's famed Lower Broadway "because, well, man, when you talk about Broadway, that is ‘Friends in Low Places’ right there."

"It’s the perfect place."

New songs overnight. From Eric Church. Lauren Alaina.  Dan & Shay. And Zac Brown Band. Who’d I miss? Keep them coming, everybody. And Happy Birthday to Zac Brown today.

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