Posted by: Amy | November 2, 2010

October 16 – Miranda Lambert, Eric Church & Josh Kelley – CMT on Tour 2010, Georgia National Fair, Perry, GA

Fall in the South means that it’s time for lots of fairs and fall festivals. And, at some fairs you even get to see major artists perform. At the Georgia National Fair in Perry, Georgia, fans were treated to one of the tour stops of the CMT-sponsored tour. This year’s edition is the Revolution Tour, which features Miranda Lambert headlining and Eric Church and Josh Kelley as the supporting acts. My friend Rachel and I were excited about seeing Eric again, as it had been several months since we’d seen him and he’s one of our favorites. I was also anxious to get a first glimpse of Josh Kelley and to see another Miranda headlining show. Rachel’s friend Amber joined us on the road trip and we met my friend Christy and her daughter Tori at the fair. When we arrived at the fairgrounds, our first stop was the food vendors to get some deliciously unhealthy fair food. I was pretty excited about my hand dipped corn dog!

After we enjoyed our fair food, we made our way to the doors of the arena, which opened shortly after we got in line. We made our way down to the general admission pit and claimed our spots along the catwalk. We had to wait about an hour before Josh Kelley took the stage. I’m sure by now that most of you know that Josh is the older brother of Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. He has previously had success as a pop singer, but he has said that he always felt that he belonged in the country genre. His short five-song set did not disappoint. He played a really sweet song called “Naleigh Moon,” which he wrote about the daughter that he adopted with his wife, actress Katherine Heigl. The third song of the set was his pop hit “Amazing.” He closed the set with his current single “Georgia Clay” and fans were singing along. He’s got a wonderful voice and his previous performing experience made him a more capable performer than is usually seen as the opening act. If the songs that he played during this show are any indication, I expect that he has a bright future in country music!

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Josh Kelley’s Set List

  • Gone Like That
  • Naleigh Moon
  • Amazing
  • Raining Whiskey
  • Georgia Clay

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Eric Church was up next and as usual, he did NOT disappoint. He played a good mix of songs from his two albums. Because he was not the headliner, he did have to pare down the set list slightly, but we still got to hear most of our favorites. To really appreciate Eric Church’s talent, you really do have to see him live. I love listening to his albums and I think he’s an extremely talented songwriter, but he shines brightest when he’s on stage making music with his kick-ass band. The songs take on a whole new life when they’re played live and the ECB guys are gift musicians who enjoy nothing more than being on stage and being able to jam out! From the moment that Eric stepped on the stage, the energy level of the crowd went through the roof and it didn’t dip for the whole set.

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Eric Church’s Set List

  • Before She Does
  • Pledge Allegiance to the Hag
  • Hell on the Heart
  • Sinners Like Me
  • Guys Like Me
  • These Boots
  • Love Your Love the Most
  • How ‘Bout You
  • Lotta Boot Left to Fill
  • Carolina
  • Living Part of Life
  • Smoke a Little Smoke

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Eric’s set left the crowd hyped up and ready for the main attraction. Miranda kicked off the show with her current single “Only Prettier.” That song cracks me up. It’s so snarky and so hilarious! Then she played the rockin’ “Kerosene.” She rolled through several other singles and a couple of cover songs, all of which held the audience’s attention. The fact that she can be so high energy on stage while sporting the crazy high heels that she wears amazes me. The girl’s got talent! ๐Ÿ™‚ One complaint about her set was that she played a lot of album cuts, with which the crowd wasn’t very familiar. On the slower songs, it seemed that she may have lost everyone’s full attention. All of the songs on Revolution are great songs, and I honestly think that the audience’s lack of familiarity is the only reason that the energy level dropped. But, by the time she was performing “The House that Built Me,” everyone was back with her and eating out of the palm of her hand.

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For the last third of the set, Miranda picked up the pace and kept the audience on its feet with some of the more high energy songs in her repertoire including “That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round” and the show’s closing song, “Gunpowder and Lead.” Following a brief break from the stage, Miranda returned for the encore. She played the Led Zeppelin staple “Rock and Roll” and then invited Eric and Josh back out to the stage to join her for a rousing rendition of The Band’s “The Weight.” All three performers looked to be really enjoying themselves and it was a fun way to end the show. I’m so glad that we were able to see this show. It’s exciting to see how far Miranda’s star has risen and it’s always great to see Eric play live. I’m also excited to hear more from Josh Kelley.

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Miranda Lambert’s Set List

  • Only Prettier
  • Kerosene
  • Famous in a Small Town/Hal Ketchum’s Small Town Saturday Night
  • Dead Flowers
  • More Like Her
  • Dwight Yoakam’s Long White Cadillac
  • Love Song
  • Me and Your Cigarettes
  • Heart Like Mine
  • Maintain the Pain
  • Time to Get a Gun
  • Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo
  • Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go
  • The House that Built Me
  • Sin for a Sin
  • White Liar
  • That’s the Way the World Goes ‘Round
  • Gunpowder & Lead

Encore:

  • Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll
  • The Band’s The Weight (with Eric & Josh)

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If the CMT Tour is coming to a town near you, I highly recommend that you check it out! The tickets are reasonably priced and you’re sure to have a great time!

See all of my pictures from the show here.


Responses

  1. Great review as always! I was at the first CMT Tour show in New York City at Terminal 5 on September 29th when I was up there for work. Josh Kelley was pretty good (I previously had not heard any of this country songs). The Lady A crew was there to support Josh. He didn’t point them out, but I spotted them when they came out and stood in the VIP box. EC rocked the house as usual (a 12-song power set). Miranda came out in a black glittery dress and was on fire from beginning to end. Putting Miranda and EC together was a brilliant idea by the tour organizers.

    • Thanks, Ward! Your show in NYC sounds like it was amazing!! I’m jealous! Very cool that the Lady A crew was there. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Eric and Miranda are definitely a great combo, but I’m looking forward to seeing another full Eric show!


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