Night three at LP Field during CMA Fest provided another stream of incredible music from some of the most promising and well-known artists in country music.
Wynonna kicked off the night with a fiery performance some of her biggest hits, including “No One Else On Earth,” “Mama He’s Crazy,” and “Why Not Me.”
If you watch Wynonna’s live act even for a few minutes, you’ll know why she’s had such a long and fruitful career. “I’m a proud woman in country music,” she told the crowd. “I’ve been doing this for 30 years. If you haven’t seen my show, it’s about freaking time.”
Next up was Chris Young, who had just celebrated his 30th birthday one day earlier. Both he and many ladies in the crowd were all smiles as he turned up the heat with the steamy tracks, “Gettin’ You Home” and “Lonely Eyes.” Young then thanked the crowd for downloading his newest single, “I’m Comin’ Over,” over 140,000 times in its first month of release. Before he left the stage, he received one of the longest streams of applause for an artist out of any who has been on stage this weekend.
Thomas Rhett broke hearts as he shimmied his way across the stage with the infectiously danceable tracks “Shake Your South Side” and “Make Me Wanna.” He dedicated his latest single, the genre-bending “Crash and Burn,” to “anyone in Nashville with a broken heart.” Rhett also shared with the crowd how he sat in the nosebleeds when he was fifteen, dreaming of the moment when he would perform on the enormous stage. His dream became a reality, and fans should be thankful that it did.
Brett Eldredge took the stage with an intense energy that lasted all the way through his set. You could tell he was soaking in every moment as he gave it his all during “Beat of the Music,” “Lose My Mind,” and the heartfelt love song, “Mean to Me.” He also shared a brand new song, “You’re Fire,” that will be on his upcoming album, Illinois, due out this September.
The audience got a surprise when Little Big Town appeared in the middle of the field to perform their hit,”Girl Crush.” They greeted them with thousands of cell phone lights that lit up the night sky like lightning bugs. They quickly made their way to the main stage and brought the party atmosphere to a new high with their tracks, “Pontoon” and “Day Drinking.”
Everyone was anticipating Carrie Underwood‘s return to the LP Field stage after taking time off to have her first child only two months ago. She glided across the stage and effortlessly belted out “Blown Away,” “Undo It,” and brought the crowd to church with “Something in the Water.” It was obvious that even after a short break from music, Underwood was just as strong of a performer as ever.
As concertgoers filed out of LP Field at the end of night three, they left without any reasons to be disappointed in Saturday’s performances.