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CMA Fest It’s the final day here in Nashville and we’ve had plenty of surprise performances throughout the week.
on thursday Luke Combs was Featuring Vince Gill They performed a rocking duet of “One More Last Chance” at the headliner show at Nissan Stadium. And on Friday night, fans were shocked. Miranda Lambert Take 2000s pop punk star Avril Lavigne out on set and the two of you They performed “Kerosene” and Avril’s hit “Sk8er Boi”.
Then, of course, there was the amazing duet by Cody Johnson and surprise guest Reba. “Whoever’s in New England” performance.
But my favorite surprise of the weekend so far didn’t come from Nissan Stadium.
Because it was right across the river from the main stage when the headliners were playing Saturday night. Turnpike Troubadour They took the stage at Blake Shelton’s Spotify House at Ole Red to perform an amazing six-song set of their biggest hits.
The room was packed, and lines stretched out of the building when Evan Felker and crew took the stage for performances that had been kept secret for much of the week.
But as they open their set with their newest single, “Mean Old Son,” the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd is suddenly immersed in the bright lights of Lower Broadway, where legendary singers gather in Oklahoma and Texas. Taken away to the state’s dusty honky-tonks. The band got off to a start.
It was a stunning performance that reminded us how the Turnpike rose from the red dirt country scene to one of the biggest names of all time and why they belong in the same company as the Nashville superstars. rice field.
Surely there were some who were there to see the Brothers Osborne but didn’t know the lyrics to “Bird Hunters.” But just as many screamed along with every word on the set, including “Every Girl,” “7&7,” and “Gin, Smoke, Lies.”
And by the time the band finished their all-too-short performance, the crowd yelled out the lyrics to “Long Hot Summer Day” as Evan stepped away from the mic and let the fans take over the chorus.
It was a magical place to see The Turnpike perform on the bar stage again. It was the same in Nashville. And if I had such an opportunity, I probably wouldn’t visit it again.
Here is a video of the finale performance of “Long Hot Summer Day”.