Luke Bryan named Chevrolet’s Brand Ambassador

Luke Bryan on a Chevy

Photo from 2014 Luke Bryan concert in Knoxville, TN. ourcountryconcerts.com

What do “American Pie” by Don McLean,“Crocodile Rock” by Elton John, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince, and “Tim McGraw” by Taylor Swift have in common?

They all mention Chevrolet in the lyrics!

“People don’t write songs about Volvos, they write songs about Chevys,” said Steve Haener, Chevrolet’s senior manager of media, experiential marketing and brand partnerships, in an interview with Automotive News.

Chevrolet is continuing its musical connections by naming country music superstar Luke Bryan as its latest brand ambassador.

Luke Bryan

Photo from Newsbake.com

Bryan, who is known for songs like “Kick the Dust Up,” “Crash My Party,” and “That’s My Kind of Night,” said growing up on a farm inspired his love for Chevrolet.

“Chevy has been a part of our family and a part of our work life on the farm for as long as I can remember,” Bryan said in the statement. “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy.”

As the newest brand ambassador (following Kid Rock), Bryan will promote Chevy through his social media channels and performances.

Bryan was named Entertainer of the Year four times in 2012, 2014 and 2015 by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Chevrolet is sponsoring Bryan’s Farm Tour that starts in October.  See his tour dates here.

Want more Chevy-related music? Pandora’s Chevrolet Centennial station includes more than 600 songs across all genres that mention Chevrolet, Chevy, or the name of a Chevy vehicle in their lyrics.
Check it out here.

Pandora’s Top 100 Chevy songs

99 In the Shade,” Bon Jovi
“All the Best,” John Prine
“American Pie,” Don McLean
“Amy’s Back in Austin,” Little Texas
“Ball and Chain,” Social Distortion
“Blitz,” Audio Adrenaline
“Blue (Da Ba Dee) (Remix),” Eiffel 65
“Blue Jeans,” Silvertide
“Captain Jack,” Billy Joel
“Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson
“Chevrolet,” ZZ Top
“Chevy Van,” Sammy Johns
“Chrome,” Trace Adkins
“Contact,” Citizen Cope
“Crazy About Her,” Rod Stewart
“Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
“Dare to be Stupid,” “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” Carrie Underwood
“Dr. Feelgood (Live),” Motley Crue
“Drive South,” John Hiatt
“El Camino,” Ween
“El Tejano,” Cowboy Troy
“Everytime It Rains,” George Strait
“Fall in Love,” Kenny Chesney
“Family Reserve,” Lyle Lovett
“Fightin’ Words,” Trace Adkins
“Girls with Guitars,” Wynonna Judd
“Go ‘Head,” Mystikal
“Go Lil’ Camaro Go,” The Ramones
“Going Back to Cali,” LL Cool J
“Here I Am,” Lyle Lovett
“Here’s to You,” Rascal Flatts
“How Bizarre,” OMC
“Hustlin’,” Rick Ross
“I Can Only Think of One,” Dierks Bentley
“I Go Back,” Kenny Chesney
“I Got You,” Dwight Yoakam
“I Learned That From You,” Sara Evans
“I Won All the Battles,” Tracy Lawrence
“I’ll Be Your Johnny on the Spot,” Ween
“I’m Customized,” The Cramps
“I’m Just a Girl,” Deana Carter
“I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart,” Eric Clapton
“If I Stay,” Tracy Byrd
“Jesse Went to War,” Marcy Playground
“Joe Rey,” Fountains of Wayne
“Keeping the Faith,” Billy Joel
“Less Than Zero,” Elvis Costello
“Let You Go,” The Clarks
“Little Red Corvette,” Prince
“Lost in the Flood (Live 2000),” Bruce Springsteen
“Lucky 4 You (Tonight I’m Just Me),” SheDaisy
“Make Me a Chevy,” The Promise Ring
“Metropolis,” Trace Adkins
“Miss Popularity,” Jordan Pruitt
“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” Billy Joel
“Mud On the Tires,” Brad Paisley
“Natural Beauty,” Neil Young
“Neutron Dance,” The Pointer Sisters
“Night Moves,” Bob Seger
“One Bud Wiser,” Gretchen Wilson
“Paint the Town Redneck,” J.M. Montgomery
“Pickin’ Wildflowers,” Keith Anderson
“Picture Perfect,” Nelly Furtado
“Putting the Damage On,” Tori Amos
“Racing In the Street,” Bruce Springsteen
“Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy),” Jim Croce
“Real Gone,” Sheryl Crow
“Renegade,” Tim McGraw
“Repetition,” David Bowie
“Ridin’ In My Chevy,” Snoop Dogg
“Riding With Private Malone,” David Ball
“Right Time of the Night,” Jennifer Warnes
“She’s In Love With the Boy,” Trisha Yearwood
“Small Town Girl,” Kellie Pickler
“Something On,” The Tragically Hip
“Song of the South,” Alabama
“Still Love You,” Rod Stewart
“Superstar,” Sheryl Crow
“Suzy and Jeffrey,” Blondie
“Tannin Bed Song,” Shawn Mullins
“The Greeting Song,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man,” Rolling Stones
“Three Marlenas,” The Wallflowers
“Thunder Road,” Bruce Springsteen
“Thundering Hearts,” John Mellencamp
“Tim McGraw,” Taylor Swift
“Twentieth Century Fox,” 38 Special
“Unappreciated,” Cherish
“Uneasy Rider,” Charlie Daniels
“Union Sundown,” Bob Dylan
“Water,” The Who
“West Texas Highway,” Lyle Lovett
“When I Think About Leaving,” Kenny Chesney
“When You Close Your Eyes,” Night Ranger
“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” Paula Cole
“Why Do We Want What We Know We Can’t Have?” Reba McEntire
“You Never Know Just How Good You’ve Got It,” Tracy Byrd
“You Win My Love,” Shania Twain
“Young Blood,” Rickie Lee Jones

 

Where in the World is Wayne Konrardy?

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Where in the world is Wayne Konrardy? This month, he’s on the Dupaco website!

Wayne, a former Runde Chevrolet salesperson, is an avid world traveler. Seeing his smiling face on the Dupaco website recently made us wonder what he and his wife Mary have been up to!

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Wayne started at Runde Chevrolet in 1998 and retired in 2012.

As we guessed, they have been busy globetrotting since Wayne retired from Runde’s in 2012.

Here are just a few of the places he has been since he retired:

  • Washington D.C.
  • Memphis, TN
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Dominican Republic as a graduation                     gift to his grandson
  • Natchez Trace Parkway down to New Orleans
  • South Dakota Badlands
  • Custer’s Last Stand in Montana

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    Wayne and Mary will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in January.

  • Brentwood, TN
  • Ocala, FL
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • Italy
  • Louisville
  • Asheville, NC
  • Ireland
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Mountain Home, ID
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Seattle, WA

Mary writes down notes about each trip and the people they met there, so they can tell you in detail about their travels. But don’t call them vacations!

Where I proposed to Mary June 2016. When I was 18 only two things I thought were beautiful . This was one and she was the other. This is where I HAD planned to propose.

Where Wayne proposed to Mary in Idaho

“I don’t call them vacations,” Wayne said, laughing. “I used to get paid for vacations. I call them adventures!”

Of their recent adventures, their trip to Idaho meant a lot for both Wayne and Mary.

“I took my wife back to Idaho and I surprised her there,” Wayne said. “I never proposed to Mary. One of my friends had bought a ring to give to his girl and Mary wasn’t paying attention. He handed me the ring to hold on to and when I opened the box, she thought it was for her. She took the ring and put it on her finger. … I never told her until we were married probably 16 years.”

In May, Wayne surprised her with a proposal and  a renewal of their vows at the same place they were married in 1967, Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho.

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Wayne and Mary in 1966 looking at a wedding book. They got that one!

“She was so shocked when we renewed our vows,” Wayne said. “I can’t normally keep secrets. This is probably the only secret I’ve kept from her. By the time the priest got done with the renewal, she was crying like a baby.”

The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in January while they are on a group trip to the Dominican Republic.

Of all his travels, Wayne most enjoyed a trip he and Mary took to Italy.

“It was probably the nicest place I’ve ever been as far as seeing the history and the Colesium and Venice,” Wayne said.

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Wayne and Mary in Arizona, Feb 2016

With all his travels and after 34 years in the car business, Wayne knows a LOT of people.

“We go to HyVee once a week, and I call it my social hour,” Wayne said. “Mary says if she is in a hurry, she doesn’t take me. I know everybody, it seems like.”

He said he misses the customers, but not the long hours.

“I still have breakfast with some customers,” he said. “And there’s always HyVee.”

So, what’s next for Wayne and Mary?

“I want to go back down to Texas,” Wayne said. “In 1965, I had basic training in Antonio, Texas and I’ve never been back. The temperature was in the 100s when I was there and I had a choice to go see the Alamo or go see a movie in an air conditioned room without drill sergeants. So I saw ‘Batman,’ I had ice cold pop and popcorn and it was great. So I’d like to go see the Alamo.”

Drive Back in Time with these Vintage Vehicles

We’ve had a lot of oldies but goodies rolling on to our lots lately! Check out these unique vehicles and if any of them interest you, call Runde PreDriven at 866-396-6832.

1968 Chevrolet C20 Reg Cab 3/4 Ton Longbox 2WD (#8J135852)01_8j135852

This local trade has a 4.1L V6 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission and 25,111 miles.

C20 models came equipped with a 127 in wheelbase with a 8 ft. cargo box

Standard features on these trucks included full-width seat with vinyl trim, deluxe air heater/defroster, backup lights, painted front bumper, 2-speed windshield wipers and directional signals.

It can be yours for $12,900!

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/hm8n6ng

01_0a1022511970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 Coupe (#0A102251)

This Chevelle has a 7.4L V8 engine, auto trans, air conditioning, AM/FM and cassette stereo, as well as a CD player. It has a vinyl top. The vehicle has 68K miles and is available for $36,500!

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/zuurzcc

1968 Ford F-250 Reg Cab 2WD (#BCC95874)01_BCC95874

This local trade has a 4.9L V6 engine, camper mirrors, a trailer hitch, air conditioning, split/front bench seats, and AM radio. It is $6,990.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/h7s7l4v

01_7L1599201967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Coupe (#7L159920)

This sharp Camaro is rear wheel drive and has a 5.7L V8 engine, auto trans, and just 3,490 miles. It is $39,729.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/hx8zkos

1990 Ford F-250HD XLT Reg Cab 4WD (#LLA77299)

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This Ford truck has a 5.8L V8 engine and 5-speed manual transmission. It has running boards and a trailer hitch, as well as a fiberglass topper. Inside, you’ll find a split/front bench seat, air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and ABS brakes.

With 100,847 miles, it is $2,990.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/zqw2rhp 

01_ml1807601991 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Convertible (#ML180760)

This local trade has a 5.0L V8 engine, 4-speed auto transmission, AM/FM cassette stereo, leather seats, and a vinyl top.

It also has cruise control, tilt wheel steering, a folding rear seat, foglamps, and air conditioning. With 69K miles, it is $13,949.

See more photos here: http://tinyurl.com/jcf5phm

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