Hello Country Music fans!
The 2012 CMA Fest is on full swing. The third night at LP Field was memorable, but this time I had a bit of an alternate plan going. The lineup included Kenny Rogers, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Faith Hill. There was a surprise performance from Rodney Atkins.
Last night’s Best Act Hands Down? Personally for me, Eric Church. He brought Drink In My Hand, Guys Like Me, Smoke A Little Smoke, Creepin’ and Springsteen. That last song was my very top of the list song to hear played at LP Field. He just took the whole place by storm in his first (won’t be his last) LP Field performance and had everyone up, screaming and dancing. I’m going to send a shoutout to my friend @harveymonster for reminding me of Brian Mansfield’s comparison of Springsteen with the Sparkly Dressed’s Tim McGraw. The spirit of the lyrics is kindred.
The Act To Watch was Little Big Town. I was sure going to give it to Hunter Hayes, but LBT just blew it out of the water. Although I’m not familiar with all their hits, I did recognize Boondocks, Little White Church and the crowd pleaser Pontoon. Hunter had a couple of moments, but Little Big Town had the entire performance. With so many hits I can’t believe they’re still opening and not headlining.
I’m going to apologize for not counting Luke Bryan and Faith Hill. I actually left after Eric Church and missed their performances. I had to make Old Dominion’s performance at 12th and Porter with The Agency’s Amos Heller. Expect a review on their performance in a few days, as that one will need some time to do it justice and the CMA Fest rages on!
Coming up in the Calendar!
- June 7-10: The 2012 CMA Music Festival takes place from June 7 to June 10. Taylor Swift is not in the lineup so far.
- June 15: Rocco’s Old School presents: Tequila Sunrise – A Tribute to the Eagles at House of Blues Cleveland. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 11 at 10am ET on LiveNation.com.