Laine Hardy has a new gig! Fans know that the American Idol season 17 winner loves the small Louisiana town he grew up in. He even wrote a couple of songs about it. Now, the singer from the Bayou is the state's newest Louisiana Ambassador for tourism. Laine appeared at the Louisiana Seafood Reception in downtown Baton Rouge Wednesday night (May 5) where he performed and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser declared him ambassador with a glass plaque. Additionally, Laine cut a 30 second spot for Louisiana Travel, extolling the virtues of his home state! "If y'all know me at all," Laine wrote on Twitter, "You know how much I love my home state. I'm so honored to #partner with @LouisianaTravel as an Ambassador to help spread the word about all this great state has to offer as part of the \u2018Louisiana Is A Trip\u2019 campaign!" https:\/\/twitter.com\/TheLaineHardy\/status\/1390311113569546241?s20 Lt. Gov Nungesser presente a plaque shaped like the state of Louisiana to Laine. https:\/\/twitter.com\/hscheinukphoto\/status\/1390096532557516803?s20 "I\u2019m so excited to formally welcome @TheLaineHardy as our newest Louisiana ambassador!," Lt. Gov Nungesser wrote alongside a clip of Laine performing at the Louisiana Seafood Reception. "Looking forward to working with him to share the #OnlyLouisiana experience with the world!" https:\/\/twitter.com\/LouisianaLtGov\/status\/1390094079543980032?s20 "Thank you to this incredible group of performers for sharing your love & passion for #OnlyLouisiana with us last night at the #SeafoodReception," wrote Lt. Gov. Nungesser alongside a photo of David St. Roman, Laine and an unidentified singer. "It\u2019s talent like this that makes it so easy to share our love of all things #FeedYourSoul here in Louisiana with the world" https:\/\/twitter.com\/LouisianaLtGov\/status\/1390343076682604549?s20 Laine is gearing up to hit the road beginning May 14. Check out his tour schedule and ticket information HERE. He performs at The Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia with Jimmie Allen on May 21. And Laine will open for Toby Keith on select dates.