Sunday night was jam packed in Perfect Vodka Amphitheater as sweat rolled down my back. Devotees in sundresses and bro tanks accompanied with cowboy hats and boots gathered to see Sam Hunt, Hunter Hayes, and Hillary Scott.
The trio took the stage after a bass-heavy, suspenseful beat. The opener was "Long Stretch of Love" — perfect because the audience had been waiting for a long, exciting stretch of time. That led into the girl anthem "Bartender" where Hillary Scott's powerful vocals were really showcased. She was adorned in black pants, black fringe shirt, red lipstick and a silver sparkly vest-like piece to match her mic. It was a mix of classy with country chic.
After a few singles came the classic "Our Kind of Love" with a screen showing graphics of fast paced Images of woods and streets. Fitting, since the lyrics say, "just like driving on an open highway." Charles Kelley, signed a hat for a fan during the performance.
"Just a Kiss" followed with green star effects. The sultry song featured guitarist Dave Haywood on a keyboard, showing off his diverse skills.
Band introductions were made "Nashville style" with a keyboard player, banjo player, bassist, guitarist and drummer (Scott's husband and father to her child). The chemistry extended beyond the trio to the whole entire backing band.
"Compass" was played with Hayes back onstage, but he wasn't the only guest that came to sing. A little kid by the name of Alex was brought onstage to sing the chorus. Of course, everyone's heart probably melted.
A prolonged guitar intro that left me guessing led into "Love Don't Live Here Anymore." The crowd yelled and cheered as Kelley thanked the audience, who gave support and talked briefly about the band's history since 2005. He explained that it was only when they released this that they realized they were going to make it big.
After that, they slowed it down acoustically with "One Big Mystery" and a cover of Ed Sheeran's "Singing Out Loud," Lady A doing the song some damn good justice. After being asked to shine their cell phone lights, the audience dutifully obliged.
After the older "I Run to You" and cathcy "Downtown" came a cover of Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" with Hayes again on guitar. But it was the classic cover of "Walk This Way" with Sam Hunt that got the crowd pumped. Hunt donned what looked like Lana de Rey on his shirt, camo pants and a blue baseball cap — bad boy country, if you will. The number had band members jumping up and down before they launched into "Looking For a Good Time".
The lights were lowered and dimmed for the encore portion, which included "Fast Enough", complete with plane graphics and clouds. Without stopping, the band kept the melody going as they sang bits of "Need You Now", which followed.
Last was "We Owned the Night" — backed up by fans singing at the top of their lungs.
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