Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic tour took to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA on July 24th.
Newcomers, The Band Perry, warmed up the night with an enthusiastic performance. This trio of siblings, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, blasted through hits off their self titled debut album including, “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and their new single, “Hip to My Heart.”
The crowd was brought to their feet with the second act of the night, Luke Bryan. Even though his song states that Luke is a “Country Man,” his performance was a mix of country with an edgier rock vibe that would appeal to all audiences. Luke’s music is enjoyed by men and women alike, but he truly seems to steal the hearts of women during his time on stage. Songs from his ever growing list of hits such as, “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” and the edgy, “Drinking Beer and Wastin’ Bullets,” brought such energy and excitement to the show. The biggest reaction from the crowd came when Luke started into his #2 Country Billboard smash, “Do I.” Fans received a sneak peak of a new song off his upcoming album, “Tailgates & Tanlines,” (availableAugust, 9, 2011) called, “Drunk On You,” and a rousing performance of his first single, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Along with his band members, Luke spiced up the set with a rendition of Metallica’s, “Enter Sandman,” which even hard rock fans could appreciate. As the night settled in and the crowd got fired up, the lights went down for veteran country superstar, Tim McGraw. He gave the audience a surprise when he performed the first two songs, “Something Like That,” and “Where The Green Grass Grows,” from a small stage set up just behind the sound board in the middle of the pavilion. As his eight piece band, “The Dance Hall Doctors,” started off, “Down On The Farm,” Tim made his way down to the main stage for the remainder of the show. Even a broken foot did not stop McGraw from giving the audience a stellar performance. He played songs spanning his nearly 20 year career including, “Real Good Man,” “My Next Thirty Years,” and “I Like It, I Love It.” Tour mate, Luke Bryan even joined Tim on stage for a very entertaining rendition of, “Back When.” Concert goers did not go home disappointed and were left humming and tapping their feet to their favorite songs long after the concert had ended.