The LP Field nightly shows at CMA Fest 2015 are always a highlight of the week. After all, where are you going to find Country Music’s biggest stars all in one place? Whether you missed CMA Fest or you simply want to relive each night, keep reading! We’re going to be reviewing each night and what our favorites were!
For the kickoff show, you obviously have to have quite the lineup. This year did not disappoint! To start the nightly shows was the legendary, Alan Jackson. Nothing quite says “summer” like singing “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere” and “Chattahoochee” with 60,000 of your closest friends. Just as Jackson was getting ready to end his set, he learned that his friend Jim Ed Brown had passed away. In his honor, he sang “Pop A Top”. It was a truly moving moment.
Next on the lineup was newcomer, Sam Hunt. Let me tell you, he may be new, but boy can he put on a show! He led the crowd in a sing-along on his hit songs “House Party” and “Leave The Night On”. He was full of energy and engaged with the crowd like he has been doing this his whole life.
Who doesn’t love Rascal Flatts? This trio has been around for awhile, but their classic songs always bring us back to the first time we heard them. They sang some of their classics such as “Me and My Gang” and they took people to church with “God Bless The Broken Road”. Is it really CMA Fest without Rascal Flatts?!
Now, I don’t know about you, but singing Dierks Bentley’s “Drunk On A Plane” and “I Hold On” with a stadium full of fans sounds like a pretty fantastic way to spend your night…Dierks was full energy and ran from stage to stage. At one point he even jumped down into the crowd just to say hello to fans! You could tell that Dierks was having the time of his life on stage, and so were we!
Florida Georgia Line. Now, if you turn on your radio right now and scan through the stations, you are bound to hear a couple of FLAGA Line songs coming through. They have had hit after hit and of course they sang all their favorites at CMA Fest! The crowd was loving every second of it as they sang “Cruise” “Sippin’ On Fire” and “Round Here”. Talk about a party…
Closing out the night was the man himself, Jason Aldean! Jason has been playing CMA Fest throughout the years, and he just keeps getting better! He was the perfect person to end night 1. He made a lot of country girls happy when he sang “She’s Country” and other hits like “My Kind Of Party”. He certainly set the bar for the rest of the week!
Starting off the second night was the legendary Oak Ridge Boys! This group has been around for many years, so they definitely know how to put on a show! They got the crowd warmed up with hits like “American Made” and had a very special surprise when they performed “Elvira”! Mid song, they paused it. Then they introduced none other than Little Big Town to come out and finish the song together! You never know what will happen at CMA Fest.
Talk about high energy! This trio of brothers and sister really know how to put on an energetic and entertaining show! They got the crowd on their feet when they performed their hits like “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” and “DONE.”. The really special thing about this trio is that they also have the ability to command attention even when they slow down their set and performed their famous ballad “If I Die Young” and Glen Campbells “Gentle On My Mind”. Plus they covered “Uptown Funk”, so obviously that was pretty amazing…
Next up we had the super talented duo, Maddie and Tae, making their CMA Fest LP Field debut! They sang their latest two singles, “Girl In A Country Song” and the inspirational “Fly”. We are sure we will be seeing these girls at many more CMA Fest LP Field shows in the coming years!
If you have never seen Lee Brice live, you should fix that ASAP. Lee Brice is an incredible talent and entertainer. It was an especially touching moment when he dedicated his emotional song “I Drive Your Truck” to all the military men and woman. LP Field lit up with cell phone lights all over the field in honor of those who sacrifice so much for us on a daily basis. It was a really beautiful moment.
What can we say about Randy Houser, he rocks! He got the crowd really going with his hits like “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Like A Cowboy”. The vocal power that Randy Houser has is always astounding. You can tell he is so passionate about the songs he sings, and he is unlike any other artist in the industry today!
I don’t think anyone was prepared for what Zac Brown Band was bringing to LP Field. From start to finish, it was non-stop entertainment. When the band sang their famous “Chicken Fried” they brought up a soldier to the stage in order to pay respect to our military men and woman. This touching moment was followed by a cover of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Yes. You read that correctly. LP Field suddenly broke out into complete madness as The Zac Brown Band covered the song that would make Freddie Mercury himself proud.
Lady Antebellum started off their high energy set with fan favorite “Bartender”. Charles Kelley could be found running around and jumping off the stage into the crowd of fans to say hello. Hillary and Dave stayed on stage and worked the crowd like only Lady Antebellum can! They continued their performance with hit after hit including “Need You Now” and “We Own The Night”.
Luke Bryan, the man everyone was waiting on! Let me tell you, he did not disappoint! No one can quite put on a performance like Luke Bryan can! He kicked off his with “That’s My Kind of Night” and kept the energy going from there! At one point early in his performance, Luke got a little too close to the fog machine on the stage. But, like the true showman that Luke is, as he got pelted in the face with smoke, he laughed and never missed a beat! The night continued by him singing “Drink A Beer”, “Play It Again” and he ended with his most recent single “Kick The Dust Up”. I think the greatest thing about Luke’s set is his interactions with fans. He was constantly engaged and getting on the fans level. There’s a really good reason he is Entertainer of the Year!
With a legendary woman like Wynonna opening up the night, it’s off to a pretty great start right?! She sang her famous hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy” and “No One Else On Earth”. Plus, talk about great stage presence! She put on a non-stop entertaining set!
Chris Young kept the party going as he performed hits like “Gettin’ You Home”, “Who I Am With You”, and his latest single “I’m Comin’ Over”! His classic voice and amazing ability to entertain a crowd was evident as fans sang along with every word!
Thomas Rhett was full of energy from the moment he stepped on the stage! He performed his hits such as “Make Me Wanna”, “It Goes Like This”, “Get Me Some of That” and his latest single “Crash and Burn”. You could tell that the fans loved him, and he certainly loved the fans!
Brett Eldredge is a true entertainer both on and off the stage. He proved this as he performed “Beat of the Music”, “Don’t Ya”, “Mean To Me”, and his latest hit “Lose My Mind”. Plus, Leave it to Brett Eldredge to put on an amazing show and end it by taking a giant snapchat with all of LP Field.
Little Big Town started their set in the middle of LP Field. They performed a very intimate and beautiful rendition of their hit “Girl Crush”. As they made their way back to the main stage, the energy level skyrocketed. Of course LP Field got a little crazy when they performed “Pontoon”. One of the highlights was when they performed “Pain Killer” complete with people on stilts and beach balls flying all over the stadium.
Let’s be honest, CMA Fest just wouldn’t be the same without Carrie Underwood! As she closed night #3 she proved why she is one of country’s best female artists! This was one of her first performances post- pregnancy with little baby Isaiah.
Let me tell you, she looked, sounded, and performed in only a way that Carrie Underwood could! She rocked out to her hits like “Something In The Water”, “Last Name”, “Little Toy Guns” and of course, “Before He Cheats” just to name a few! She certainly closed the night out with a bang! Welcome back, Carrie!
The final night of CMA Fest started off with the entertainer that is Neal McCoy. Neal got the crowd going with “The Shake” and “Wink”. He even gave something for the “younger” crowd when he remixed the Beverly Hillbillies theme song into a rap. Yes, you read that correctly. How cool is Neal McCoy?!
This was Cole Swindell’s CMA Fest LP Field debut! He performed his hits “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight”, “Chillin’ It” and then led the crowd into a sing along with his single “You Ain’t Worth The Whiskey”.
I think it’s fair to say that Darius Rucker had one of the most entertaining sets of CMA Fest 2015. Of course he sang his famous solo songs such as “Alright”, “Southern Style” and “Homegrown Honey”, but it was the other songs that stole the show. Darius decided to throw it back to his “Hootie” days and performed “Only Wanna Be With You”, which is just pretty amazing in itself. Who didn’t love Hootie and the Blowfish?! Next up was the song that everyone was waiting for- “Wagon Wheel”. Now, you can only imagine the crowds reaction when Darius started this song. Also, incase we didn’t love Darius enough, he left the main stage to come into the middle of the crowd to perform this song. The energy was amazing and the 60,000 people in there had a giant sing along with Darius Rucker. Which, doesn’t sound like an awful way to spend your night.
With a nickname like “The Chief” you know it’s gonna be good. Eric Church fans were loud and proud as they cheered him on song after song. You never quite know what to expect from Eric. I think that is what makes him so special! He performed his hits such as “Talladega”, “Cold One” and his latest single “Like A Wrecking Ball”. He also surprised fans and played his song “That’s Damn Rock ‘n’ Roll” accompanied by Joanna Cotten. No one is quite like The Chief, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Up next was our favorite Aussie- Keith Urban! Can you think of Summer without thinking of Keith Urban? That’s what we thought. His set included hits like “Put You In A Song”, his new single “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” and “Raise Em’ Up” which resulted in none other than Eric Church coming out to accompany him! One of the coolest parts about Keith’s performance was when he left the main stage and relocated to the stage in the middle of LP Field. He literally got right in the middle of the fans and performed “Long Hot Summer”. He even gave one very special fan his guitar before he made his way back up to the main stage. What’s not to love about Keith? That’s what we were asking ourselves after his amazing performance at LP Field.
The final performer of CMA Fest 2015 was Brad Paisley. To say that he went out with a bang is an understatement. Within the first song he had some major technical difficulties, but he continued on with the grace and humor in a way that only Brad Paisley can. He sang hits like “Then”, “Riverbank”, and “Mud on the Tires”. Of course the night wouldn’t be complete without Brad jumping into the pit and take selfies with fans while he’s performing. Brad Paisley has a unique way of bringing everyone together and just having fun.
In conclusion, it was a fantastic week full of amazing nightly concerts! We are always amazed at the level of talent that graces that stage night after night, year after year. Country Music fans are the best in the world and that is displayed as they show up to support country music and the artists that represent it. See ya next year, CMA Fest!