Posted on 6/25/2012
Friday Night June 8th 2012 was night two of the CMA Music Fest stadium concerts. Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and special guest co-host Will Perry were on hand for the coverage. On this night the performers included; Ronnie Milsap, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood. Enjoy listening to our podcast and reading Mike’s blog review.
Written by Mike Arnold
It was good to be back for the second straight night to cover the CMA Music Festival Stadium Concerts. Since Tom was not available, our friend Will Perry was asked to join us and he accepted with much enthusiasm. After covering various events earlier that day, we were tired, but managed to make it to the stadium although we arrived late. As we walked through the stadium and made our way down to the field, we caught the end of opening act, Ronnie Milsap. Ronnie ended his show with a Rolling Stones hit from 1969, “Honky Tonk Woman”. He had the crowd on their feet and singing along. He definitely knew how to energized this CMA audience!
Successful hit songwriter turned artist Brantley Gilbert took the stage next. He started his set performing hit songs he wrote for Jason Aldean (which we heard on the previous night), “My Kinda Party”, and “Dirt Road Anthem”. Brantley announced he wanted to take time to play his new single, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”. He continued with, “Country Must Be Country Wide”. Brantley yelled, “We got any rednecks in the house? Somebody get a little a little rowdy in here.” As the band kicked into “Kick It In The Sticks” to end his set.
CMA Music Fest host Storme Warren announced Jake Owen and the crowd came alive as he took the bare-footed singer took the stage with his energetic style screaming the question, “Ya’ll ready to crank it up?” as he started his set with “Eight Second Ride”. While the band continued the intro of the second song of the set, Jake said, “I said to the boys in the band, it was my job to come out here and make sure all ya’ll are standing up rocking and rollin’ with us tonight. I’ll like to get about 65,000 people at the top of their lungs to give me one big ole, Yeeee Haaaaw” as Jake began singing, “Yee Haw”. Jake continued talking to the crowd, “There’s a lot of people up in here tonight! With this many people here, I am sure someone is going home with a Booty Call tonight. This is a perferct song for ya Awright?” After that statement they played, “Alone With You”. Jake continues yelling, “This my brand new summertime single! Ya Ya!” As they went into “The One That Got Away”.
During the song he paused to say that everyone has that one that got away. He said he remembered one that got away as he sang a familiar line from a Rick Springfield song, “That girl was Jesse’s girl, That girl was Jesse’s girl, she walked in the CMA Music Fest and she rocked my world, Jesse’s girl”. During the into to the next song Jake said, “I got to sing this song with my buddy Keith Urban last year. Now I get to sing it for all ya’ll with the boys in the band.” As they started “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You”. For the last song of the night Jake said, “All right boys and girls, summertime has rolled around again. When I recorded this song I could picture a stadium full of people singing about “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”. I picture everyone out singing whoaaa with their hands up in the air like this back and forth (waving over his head from one side to the other) 65,000 people yea! Let’s keep it going the whole time, you’re on TV baby! ” The approximately 65,000-70,000 followed the instructions from Jake Owen perfectly as he began singing “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”. What a great entertainer!
The siblings act, The Band Perry, took the stage to a long keyboard hum before leader Kimberly Perry began singing the chorus of “Tonight We Are Young” and most of the people in attendance were familiar with this song by ‘Fun.’. They also performed a section of another song, but I didn’t recognize it before they went into several songs I did recognize, begiining with “You Lie”. Kimberly Perry took time to speak to the crowd for the first time mentioning that this was their second time to play LP Field. She said, “Thank you so much for letting us warm up the stage tonight… We want to say 3,000 ‘Thank Yous’ right off the front of this stage to each and every one of you… You have change the lives of my brothers and me and we are eternally grateful to you for that tonight Thank You!” Kimberly dedicated this next song to those in attendance, “All Your Life”. They surprised me and many others in the crowd with a fun version of Queen’s “Fat Bottom Girls” (with the audience singing along). The Band Perry continued their set with a crowd pleaser called, “Postcards from Paris”. The band took it down a notch from the energy they were providing with soft acoustic and keyboard sounds, but once Kimberly Perry sang four words from the opening line of the next song, the crowd provided loud constant cheers for about 15 seconds without any sounds from the stage. Then Kimberly and the band continued with their huge hit, “If I Die Young”. The siblings said goodnight, waved goodbye and left the stage. Another great performance on the CMA Music Fest main stage.
Next on the main stage came Blake Shelton. Blake took the stage to “All About Tonight”. He continued the show with a song written by Dave Barnes which he first recorded and released it on the Christian charts, “God Gave Me You”. Blake then turned to the drinking song as he told the audience, “Ya’ll raise your glasses up man, ya’ll have a little drink with me, let’s drink on it what do ya say?” as they went into the song, “Drink on It”. Blake continued speaking to the audience as he said, “I tell you what man, We’re up here and there’s a crap load of you freakin’ CMA Music Festival country music fans out there!” The crowd cheered Very Loud and he continued with, “I’m gonna do my new song man, I’m gonna try to win ya’ll over here.” I would say he already had won them over before the song, “Over”. Blake then said, “Just one time before I have to leave this stage, I wanna see ya’ll sing every word to one of my songs man, this is only one I can think of that you might know.” And sing they did as he closed his set with “Honey Bee”.
It was now time for the headliner of the night, Carrie Underwood. Carrie took the stage wearing an American flag designed outfit with extremely short shorts! Carrie took the stage yelling, “How You Guys Doing Toniiiiiiiiiight?” as the band played the intro to the opening number, “Good Girl”. Carrie continued as the crowd sang along with “Wasted”. Carrie asked the crowd if there were having a good time and told them that she was so happy to be there. She mentioned she came as a fan once when she was about fourteen years old. She said it was so cool to remember what that was like and to be up on the main stage. Carrie said she thought she would never be there and she was so happy and so honored. Carrie asked, “Are there any All-American girls in the audience tonight?” of course the loud and long screams answered that question as she continued her set with, “All American Girl”. Carrie said they were going to slow it down a little bit as she introduced her very first single off her very first album, “Jesus Take The Wheel”. Carrie continued by saying, “This one’s off my new album. The album’s called ‘Blown Away’, the song is called, “Blown Away””. Carrie continued into the next song, “Cowboy Casanova” followed by “Undo It”. Carrie instructed the crowd, “This is what not to do at CMA Fest!” as they band began the opening beats of “Last Name”. Carrie closed her fabulous set with “Before He Cheats”.
We loved night number two as much, if not more, than the first night. Brian Hasbrook, Will Perry, and I all three agreed our favorite of the night was Carrie Underwood by far! Please take the time to listen to our podcast with live clips of the night and talk with a lot of fans between sets.
Written by Mike Arnold
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