Luke Bryan rolled through Manchester New Hampshire on his “Kill The Lights” tour on March 3rd, 2017. With acts in tow like Brett Young and Brett Eldredge, it was sure to be a great night of music. Brett Young warmed up the country fans with his hits like “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You.” As a newcomer, Young is sure to become a staple for a time to come.
Country crooner, Brett Eldredge was next up. Eldredge is one with the ladies as the crowd proved it with their screams as he hit the stage. With songs like “Lose My Mind”, “Wanna Be That Song” and “Drunk On Your Love,” Eldredge brought the arena to its feet. Brett was a great choice to put on this tour!
It was now time for the main event of the evening to make it to the stage, Luke Bryan. Opening with one of his latest hits, “Move”, it sure brought the crowd to its feet and kept them their for the rest of the evening. Rolling right into other hits such as “That’s My Kind of Night”, “Kick Up the Dust” and “Rain Is A Good Thing”, Bryan kept the momentum of the night going strong.
Luke even entertained the crowd with some great covers sure as Alabama’s “Mountain Music” and bringing out Brett Eldredge for Bob Seger’s “Night Moves”, even leading into Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. Wrapping up with his hit from “Tailgates & Tanlines, I Don’t Want This Night To End”, everyone thought that was the end of the night as the songs suggests………but was it? After a short break and the crowd yelling and cheering, Bryan and his band returned to the stage to cap off the night with “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” and then ending the night with the hard hitting Metallica cover of “Enter Sandman”.
What a great night of 3 class acts from the Nashville music scene. Keep and eye out for the “Kill The Lights” tour coming to a city near you. You don’t want to miss this one!
Did you watch the CMA Awards live on Wed Nov 5th on ABC? If you did, what were you’re thoughts? If you missed the awards and wanted to know if your favorite artist won, check out the full list of winners right here!
‘Automatic,’ Miranda Lambert — WINNER!
‘Drunk on a Plane,’ Dierks Bentley
‘Give Me Back My Hometown,’ Eric Church
‘Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
‘Mine Would Be You,’ Blake Shelton
Written by Nate Dean Photos courtesy of Steve Pouliot Images
It was THAT kinda night!! Who knew a Thursday evening in New England in September could be as hot as a June or July summer night?!? Luke Bryan sure did, as he brought his That’s My Kinda Night tour to the Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena on September 11th. With supporting artists like Cole Swindell and Lee Brice was there every any doubt? Audio Still Magazine had the pleasure of attending the show and here’s a quick run down on all the night’s fun!
Country Music Association’s Best New Artist of the Year nominee, Cole Swindell, opened the night on fire rocking out Hey Y’all. As the band laid down the groove and tore up the strings, Swindell brought the crowd to their feet! With his roots deep in songwriting, Cole has written
some of today’s hottest country music. She Ain’t Worth the Whiskey written by Swindell for Thomas Rett had the New England crowd singing along with each word. A high energy performer, who often times compares nerves on a show night to a high school football game…once that first kickoff takes place, you’re in the groove, Cole kept early crowds entertained with hot hits like Hope you Get Lonely Tonight and fan favorite Chillin It. Cole Swindell is a heavy contender for Best New Artist for sure! Keep your eyes and ears on this rising star!
Keeping the energy up, Lee Brice took the stage with the crowd swaying to his hit Parking Lot Party. One of the best sounds of the night – Brice cracking open a beer – had the audience on their feet yelling Beer right back at him. Working the crowd Lee performed songs like Woman Like You and Hard to Love. Keeping in mind and hearts the gravity the September 11th Anniversary, Brice belted out I Drove Your Truck causing the audience to ligh up the arena with cell phones in a heartfelt salute to our Country’s Troops. His set continued to rock as the drum solo lead right in to Good Man and the title track to his new album I Don’t Dance. Having experienced success as a writer before becoming a performer keeps Brice’s feet on the ground. Writer or performer, there’s no mistaking the star quality that is Lee Brice!
Rounding out the dynamic Trio of the night was Luke Bryan, stealing the stage and thunder with That’s My Kinda Night. Luke’s red hot hits set the pace with favorites like Rain is a Good Thing, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Country Man. As a solemn reminder of the anniversary of our Nation’s tragedy on September 11th, Luke quieted both his band and the crowd for a moment of silence in honor of all the lives lost on that fateful day. Bryan had the crowds returning to their feet when he brought out Lee Brice to sing Eli Young’s Crazy Girl penned by Brice. The fun continued with a foot-stomping rendition of Alabama’s classic
Mountain Music and a heartfelt Do I, easily reminding all of us the reason we loved Luke Bryan in the first place! This is How We Role brought fellow songwriter Cole Swindell back onstage, as the two rocked out the Florida Georgia Line hit they co-wrote. The hits continued on with crowds on their feet dancing to Suntan City, Crash My Party, Drink and Beer, Drunk on You and more. What could be better than all of this??? Wrapping up the night with a showstopping encore of Play it Again. If this was your 1st Luke Bryan extravaganza or your 20th, there’s no denying we will all be lining up when he brings his tour back to the northeast!!
Audio Still Magazine traveled to Nashville, TN to cover the 2014 CMA Music Fest. What a time we had while we were in music city! One thing you never have to do while at CMA fest is look for something to do. The hardest part is trying to decide who to watch perform as two of your favorite artists might be performing at the same time in different parts of town.
Thursday started off at Fan Fair and was held at the new 2.1 million square foot Music City Center. Fan Fair is part of the four day CMA Music Fest where you can meet some of your favorite artists. Checking out Fan Fair can lead to autograph signings, concerts and other activities you won’t want to miss!
The first event that we caught was LeAnn Rimes on the CMA close up stage telling stories about her career as well as singing her first hit “Blue” for the large crowd that gathered in front of the stage.
We also met a great new and upcoming artist, Elizabeth Lyons. She was so sweet and took the time to chat with us about music and photography. Lyons just released a new single “#PartyRules.” It is a great, upbeat and rocking song. Get over to iTunes now and download the single https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/partyrules-single/id885112567 and check out her other music as well.
As we checked out the events at Fan Fair, we saw Eli Young Band posing for photos and singing autographs, new artists such as Native Run showcasing their music to the crowds of people in attendance and other artists like The Henningsens bowling at XBowl. There is a little something for everyone at Fan Fair.
It was time to head out into downtown and check out all the other activities. We stopped by the Bud Lite stage located outside the Bridgestone Arena and saw Granger Smith perform for the ever growing masses. The song that seemed to get people moving was “The Country Boy Song” off Smith’s 2013 release “Dirt Road Driveway.”
We were also able to catch Cold River Records recording artist, Katie Armiger, take the Bud Lite stage as well. Her fourth studio album “Fall Into Me” was released in January 2014 with the first single, “Safe” which pay tribute to our first responders. Katie was a big draw to the fans at CMA Fest.
Up next on the schedule was the Show Dog Universal Fan Party held at the Silver Dollar Saloon. Artists performing at this event were Josh Thompson, JT Hodges, Krystal Keith, Joel Crouse and Native Run. This was a great intimate event where fans could get up close and personal with some of their favorite artists. Each artist played a hand full of songs to the packed house and took the time to meet each guest before the show.
After the Show Dog Universal party was over, it was time to start making way over the Cumberland River to LP Field for the nightly shows. Events outside Lp Field, at the BMI Tailgate Party, got fans fired up before they headed into the stadium with acts like David Fanning.
Now that everyone was ready for a great night at LP Field, we took our spot in the media area. While we chatted with other media/photographers, the stadium continued to fill with fans; you could feel the energy building. There were about 60,000 concert goers that filled the stadium for the nightly shows, thus being our biggest show to date.
The first act to grace the stage was a treat for all – Alabama. This is one group that many of us have been listening to for many years and many artists name them as a very big influence in their careers. The band consisted of the original three cousins: Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook. They played some of their hits such as, “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas”, “Dixieland Delight” and “Mountain Music.” Alabama was a real treat to have at CMA Fest and enjoyed by all.
Next up was Luke Bryan…….what more can we say, ladies! Luke is one artist that takes command of the stage and brings 110% to each and every performance. Luke entertained the massive crowd with hits such as, “That’s My Kind Of Night”, “Rain Is A Good Thing” and one of his biggest, “Country Girl (Shake it for me).” It is always a pleasure seeing Luke and his band perform.
The new country bad boy, Brantley Gilbert, was up next. Gilbert is no stranger to the music scene. He has co-written the huge Jason Aldean hits, “That’s My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem.” This singer/songwriter has really made a name for himself on stage in the last few years. Brantley performed songs like “Country Must Be Country Wide”, “Bottoms Up” and he even brought out Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett for the latest single “Small Town Throwdown.”
Now that the crowd was fired up after the first three stellar
acts, Dierks Bentley was up next. To kick it off, Bentley opened with his 2012 hit “5-1-5-0.” This was one artist that we were looking forward to seeing while at CMA Fest, having never seen him before. We were pleasantly surprised……..his live shows are fantastic! He followed with songs such as, “Am I The Only One”, “I Hold On” and his current smash hit “Drunk On A Plane.”
Just as we thought the night couldn’t get any better, who came out, but Rascal Flatts. What better song to kick off their set than their 2006 cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is A Highway.” This led right into their current single, “Payback” from their 2014 release “Rewind.” The next song the Flatt’s performed took the 60,000 people by surprise – an A cappela version of Pharrell Williams hit, “Happy.” Rascal Flatts are always amazing to see live!
The last act of the night needed no introduction, performing hits such as “Real Good Man” and ” I Like It, I Love It”, it could only be one artist – the one and only Tim McGraw. Throwing in others like “Truck Yeah” and “Live Like You Were Dying”, we’re sure residents all over Nashville heard the noise of the crowd at LP Field. But the moment of the night was during McGraw’s performance of his latest single “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” when his wife, Faith Hill joined him onstage.
Our first day at CMA Fest was action packed and busy. There was so much going on in the city of Nashville during CMA Fest; I wish we were able to cover each and every event. Stay tuned soon for part two of the CMA Fest issues of Audio Still Magazine!
What makes for a great summer night? Put Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan on the same stage. The ComcastCenter in MansfieldMA did just that to kick off the month of June. Some of the biggest songs in country music filled the night air. The crowd was given a powerhouse of a show by headliner Luke Bryan with support from Florida Georgia Line and opener Cole Swindell.
Cole Swindell took the opening slot, filling in for Thompson Square who was sidelined due to vocal chord injuries. Swindell, Luke Bryan’s former merchandise guy hit it hard to get the crowd fired up. Cole has been hard at work on and off the stage writing songs for Luke and also Scotty McCreery. This is one guy to keep your eyes and ears on in the coming years!
One of the hottest acts in country music took the middle slot of the show, Florida Georgia Line. Tyler and Brian, the two front men for FGL are on fire right now. I had the pleasure of photographing these guys back in May of 2012 on the Country Throwdown tour when not many people even knew who they were. I can tell you now that I think everyone knows Florida Georgia Line. Playing their singles such as “Get Your Shine On” and “Cruise”, made the crowd blow up. You would have thought these guy were the headliners! Get out and check Florida Georgia Line this summer!
To close out, Luke Bryan wowed the sold out crowd. This is one guy that is right at home on the big stage sharing his music with thousands each and every night. I have been photographing Luke for about two years now and I can tell you that he and his band have come a long way. Bryan’s current production, “Dirt Road Diaries Tour” has a bit of everything. From massive video screens flashing graphics, to the band gathering at the front of the stage for an acoustic set part way through the show.
Luke gave the audience everything he had playing all his hits such as “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” and “Someone Else Calling you Baby”. His list of hits just keep growing and growing including his newest single “Crash My Party”. Bryan’s chemistry with his band is one of the best I have seen. Each member brings 110% to the stage each night and combine that with Bryan’s energy, you get one of the best show money can buy!