Concerts have always been my thing… My first one? The Backstreet Boys when I was five years old. Over the years I’ve been to a whole lot of concerts. In no particular order my favorite live acts are:
I seen Kelsea for the first time (no pun intended) when she played the Next from Nashville Stage at Faster Horses in 2015. I’ve seen her five time, and will see her for a sixth on the Hometeam Tour (and hopefully a seventh when she’s here with Lady A this summer). I like to think I was on the KB bandwagon before there was one. My favorite thing in the world was tweeting her the night before a show about how much I loved Peter Pan LONG before it was a single, and she recognized me singing on the front row and started pointing and singing to me. (I was recording it at the time, and oh boy, I still get EMOTIONAL when I watch that video, because that song…just, uhhh, yes). It was also so fun to be one of the only ones who knew all the words to all the songs she sang right after Love Me Like You Mean It went number one at Faster Horses.
Those dance moves give Luke a run for his money. I love seeing TR live, and can’t wait for round three on the Hometeam Tour. No one does onstage humor quite like TR 😉 Also, the best thing in the world is seeing Laur sit side stage and just look like the most proud human.
Alan is different than the others you’ll see on the list. He doesn’t dance around the stage like TR, and his show definitely has a different vibe than FGL, but seeing him at Faster Horses… I have no words other than beautiful. I was so excited to see him live after wanting to see him live for about 13 years. SO. GOOD. So emotional. It takes a lot to make me cry at a show (i.e. Kels’ Peter Pan LB Drink a Beer and Carrie Underwood Don’t Forget to Remember me are the only songs that have done it) but I got a little overly emotional more than once during Alan’s set.
One of the nicest guys in country music. I love watching Granger’s live show. It’s funny because I seen him three times as opening acts/festivals, but this summer I seen him headline for the first time. It took me wayyyy to long to realize just how much I adore Granger, but then I did his VIP experience and met him this summer, and realized how much I loved his music and how dang sweet he is. (Side note: he and his crew are the sweetest. It was over 90 degrees out and his manager gave us all water when we were getting off the bus. Also, can everyone do VIP meet and greets on the bus, because COOLEST THING EVERRRR.) He puts on such a good show, and has a way of getting a crowd fired up. Granger’s live show is always about being up close and personal with the fans. Whether its slapping high fives to everyone he can reach, or literally going up into the middle of the grand stand at his headlining show, he’s always all about the fans.
Florida Georgia Line
ENERGY. No one brings the party quite like FGL. Not only do they put on a dang good show, but they can pick some opening acts (notice TR, Granger and Chris are all on the list. TR was the middle slot on there first headlining tour, and Granger and Chris just finished up the Canadian leg of the Dig Your Roots tour). I love these fellas, and don’t miss them when they come to Michigan!
That boy can play guitar. I’ve seen Hayes more than any other artist (he and Kelsea will be at six shows each after the Home Team tour) and he’s one of my favorites. I had the opportunity to see him play the Grand Ole Opry in May 2015, and there is nothing more magical than that.
I tell y’all all the time he’s the sweetest human, but his live show… Amazing! All the dance moves, all the boy band covers and all the wonderful that is Chris.
Eric Freaking Church
Those vocals. That says it all. Going in, I’ll be honest, I was NOT excited he was headlining Faster Horses 2016. Some different things were said over the years that made me less than a fan. I liked some of his music, but some things he said really upset me. I never understood why everyone freaked out about Eric Church. After seeing him live my opinion has changed. I absolutely LOVED his live show. It was absolutely amazing. I can’t get over it, and I would see him again in a heartbeat.
Brooks & Dunn (probably)
I’m sure B&D was great live… but I was YOUNG when I seen them. (I was 10 when I seen them, so it was also 10 years ago). What I remember was great, but I don’t remember much. My feet hurt, we were on the hill at DTE Energy Music Theatre, I was afraid I was gunna fall down the hill and I was so tired (from SCREAMING during Sugarland). I remember the confetti at the end during Only in America, and I remember an audience member calling someone on the phone so they could listen (Throwback Thursday ha.) and Kix said I hope you have a good minute plan and sat the phone on the stage.
Top Vocalists live:
- Mickey Guyton
- Eric Church
- Carrie Underwood
- Jason Aldean
My concert bucket list (as of right now):
- Garth Brooks
- Maren Morris (15 in a 30 tour this summer, I get to see her and I’m FREAKIN out)
- Tim McGraw
- Maddie & Tae
- BRETT ELDREDGE!!! (The Faster Horses lineup comes out next week and I’m praying his name is on it…
- BRETT ELDREDGE!!!
- BRETT ELDREDGE!!!
- (I just REALLYYYY wanna see Brett okay?)
- I’d also love to remember a B&D show if the opportunity ever presented itself
- Brett Young (I got to see half his Faster Horses set, but I adore him)
So now you’ve heard who I love live… I want to know who you love! Tell me in the comments, under this post on Insta or Facebook (@pinkguitarsandmasonjars), or tweet us (@guitarsandjars).