CMA Fest 2017 has officially come to a close. During the last day of festivities, thousands flocked downtown for both the festival and Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although the Predators ended up losing out on the championship, the news didn’t bring down the crowd at Nissan Stadium.
The last night of music included a few surprises and impressive performances all around. Here’s a look back at what happened.
You can never go wrong with a little 90s country, and Tracy Lawrence brought plenty of his old tunes to his short set. He wrapped with his No. 1 hit from 2004, “Paint Me A Birmingham,” which marked the first massive singalong of the night.
It’s pretty damn hard to fill the shoes of Chris Stapleton, but Brothers Osborne were the perfect choice to fill the gap left by his cancellation. As always, the brothers brought their A-game and plenty of guitar solos to their set that included “21 Summer” and their latest single, “It Ain’t My Fault.”
Just five years ago, the idea of Darius Rucker crossing over into country puzzled many critics. Now, the Hootie & the Blowfish lead vocalist has cemented himself in the genre, and fans at Nissan Stadium couldn’t get enough. With tunes like “Homegrown Honey” and his spirited cover of “Wagon Wheel,” there was plenty of dancing in the aisles during his time on stage.
Little Big Town
On the heels of their latest album The Breaker, Little Big Town returned to CMA Fest for another solid performance. They started off with their party hits “Day Drinking” and “Pontoon” before eventually wrapping things up with their smash hit “Girl Crush.”
One of the standout performances of the night came from Keith Urban, who started things off with a mashup of “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane.” But the highlight of his set was when he dove into the crowd and performed his recent hit “Wasted Time” while sandwiched between fans on the floor.
Many thought Faith Hill and Tim McGraw would make a surprise appearance during the last night of concerts, as Hill perfumed the National Anthem just blocks away at the Stanley Cup final. Although some fans left disappointed, Paisley pleased many with his mixture of hits like “Last Time For Everything” and “Water.”