Posted by: Amy | April 25, 2010

April 22 – Eric Church, David Nail and Colt Ford, Clemson, SC

When it was announced that Eric Church was headlining a show in Clemson, SC and that David Nail was opening, I was so excited! I’m such a big fan of Eric’s music. And, I’ve been dying to see David again. The only other time that I’ve seen him was in Nashville when he opened for Luke Bryan at the Tin Roof in September, 2009. The other opener for the show was Colt Ford, who I hadn’t seen before.

Rachel and I set out for Clemson on Thursday afternoon and encountered only moderate traffic, which is a major feat for Atlanta! We arrived in Clemson and after a brief drive around campus; we parked and found the box office at the coliseum and picked up our tickets from will call. Once the doors opened, we made our way to the general admission floor. We settled in and waited for the show to start. To our surprise, David was the first act on the stage. As I would soon see, I had grossly underestimated Colt Ford’s fan base. David played a six song set which included four tracks from his I’m about to Come Alive album and covers of “Are You Sure Waylon Done It This Way” and Ryan Adams’ “Firecracker.” During the last song of his set, “Turning Home,” David briefly left the stage and soon returned wearing a Clemson baseball cap and t-shirt, which prompted cheers from the mostly collegiate crowd.

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David’s Set List

• Again
• Are You Sure Waylon Done It This Way
• Ryan Adams’ Firecracker
• Strangers on a Train
• Red Light
• Turning Home

Following the changeover, Colt Ford and his band took the stage. I haven’t listened to his music aside from the occasional track on the radio. His blend of hip-hop and country is definitely unique. There were lots of Colt fans around us who were singing along to every song. The band kept the energy high for the whole set and they played tracks from both of Colt’s albums. They also played a lively cover of Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Colt sang a piece of Flo Rida’s “Low,” which turned into a rendition of the Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” performed by singer Lindsey Hager. Colt drummer also took center stage to sing “Rock ‘n Roll All Night.” The crowd was revved up by the end of the set.

Colt’s Set List

• Mr. Goodtime
• Charlie Daniels Band’s The Devil Went Down to Georgia
• Cold Beer
• All about Y’all
• Ride through the Country
• Diggin’
• She Ain’t Too Good for That
• Rock n Roll All Night
• Tool Timer
• Hey Y’all
• Dirt Road Anthem
• Flo-Rida’s Low
• Black Eyed Peas’ Boom Boom Pow
• Chicken & Biscuits
• Waffle House
• The Marshall Tucker Band’s Can’t You See

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Before Eric’s set, the front of the floor started getting really crowded and more and more people kept pushing to the front. The pushiness and heat were too much for me, so I decided to move to the back of the floor. Rachel soon joined me after the crowd got more intense. By the time that Eric took the stage, the majority of the people on the floor were at least slightly intoxicated and the floor was littered with airplane bottles of liquor. I’ve only been out of college for five years, so I’m surprised that I had forgotten that sneaking liquor into events is the norm. 🙂 We knew that we were in for a rowdy show! Eric and the guys stuck with the same set list that they played during the Jägermeister tour. It was a rocking, high-energy show from start to finish. With lots of fist pumps and screams, it was obvious that Eric was so excited to be performing. When Eric sang “Love Your Love the Most,” the crowd sang every word back to him and it was very apparent that Eric was touched. Prior to playing “Those I’ve Loved Along the Way” the final song of the night, Eric told the crowd that this was his first headlining arena show and that he had been looking forward to this for a long time. Eric’s whole set list was very strong and he played songs from both of his albums. It was probably the best Eric show that I’ve seen!

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I LOVE this one!!

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Eric’s Set List

• Ain’t Killed Me Yet
• Two Pink Lines
• Without You Here
• These Boots
• Guys Like Me
• Can’t Take It with You
• Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
• Livin’ Part of Life
• Before She Does
• Where She Told Me to Go
• Longer Gone
• Hell on the Heart
• Carolina
• How ‘Bout You
• Lotta Boot Left to Fill

Encore
• Smoke a Little Smoke
• Sinners Like Me
• Young & Wild
• Love Your Love the Most
• Those I’ve Loved Along the Way

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After the show, we headed back to Atlanta. Almost immediately after getting on the interstate, we saw signs indicating that the right lane was closed ahead. We wound up getting into road construction traffic which delayed us nearly an hour and a half. When we neared the Georgia/South Carolina line, we exited and took a detour to at least allow ourselves to be moving again. We finally got back to Atlanta around 3:30, four hours after we’d left the arena. Because of the long trip home and some other issues, we decided not to make the six hour drive to Destin, FL on Friday. As bummed as I am that we missed Josh Thompson, I’m glad that we didn’t get caught in the bad weather that we would have encountered on our way back to Atlanta on Saturday. I am working on my review of Saturday night’s Rowdy Friends show and will try to post it tomorrow.

Here’s the whole photo album from the show.


Responses

  1. I would have liked to have made this roadtrip. EC and Colt Ford on the same stage is just downright insane! I’ve seen Colt twice this year; once in Eclectic, Alabama, at Extreme Mud Sports and then on June 10th at CMA Fest. I absolutely LOVE the Waffle House song!!! Colt is a genius in his music because even though it’s very simple and pretty darn silly, he’s found a niche audience that no other country artist has dared to tap into. His latest album landed in the top 20 on the country music sales charts.


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