Chris Lane Brings His 'Big, Big Plans' to North Carolina — Behind-the-Scenes at His Hometown Show

Days before announcing his fall headlining run, Chris Lane brought PEOPLE — and fiancée Lauren Bushnell — along to his North Carolina tour date with Brad Paisley on Aug. 24

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Randy Shaffer

After soundcheck, I always start the night with a VIP hang with the fans. There's no better way to kick it off and I always leave feeling super grateful.

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Any weekend Lauren can come out on the road makes it even more fun. We never stop laughing when we're together.

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Lauren Bushnell and Chris Lane. Randy Shaffer

I'm from North Carolina, so Charlotte is always such a special place for me to play. It wouldn't be the same without bringing along this special girl.

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Randy Shaffer

Before I hit the stage, I like to bring the whole crew together and say a prayer. It sets a positive tone for the night and spreads the good vibes.

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Randy Shaffer

Lauren is the funniest person I know. I think she wanted to fill in as my guitar player.

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Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell. Randy Shaffer

Can't wait to marry this girl! Her jacket says it all — we definitely have some "Big, Big Plans."

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Randy Shaffer

It's important to me to take a moment in the show to recognize those who serve our country. They're the reason we're able to be out here jamming to Country music on a Saturday night and I don't ever take that for granted.

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Randy Shaffer

It blows my mind to see the fans react to "I Don't Know About You." Every night they sing every single word, and I can't hide the smile on my face.

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Chris Lane and Lauren Bushnell. Randy Shaffer

Lauren came out and surprised the crowd after "Big, Big Plans." The song is a true story, so why not bring out the person who inspired it?

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This little lady was having the time of her life, so I had to bring her up on stage to join me on "For Her." She crushed it!

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There's a moment in the show where I borrow a cowboy hat from a fan in the crowd and play some of my favorite country hits from the '90s. I grew up listening to Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks and still love those songs to this day.

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Randy Shaffer

Hats off to a next-level night in Charlotte! No doubt about it, one of my favorite places to play. We'll be back soon!

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