Kip Moore has always stated that Boston is one of his favorite cities in the country. Sure, he says that about a lot of cities but after seeing him perform in different markets this year there’s no question Boston has a place in his heart. He seems to try just a little bit harder, turn it up just a bit louder, and pour overwhelming passion into the songs he sings. His nearly ninety minute set at the House of Blues on Friday night was no exception.
Friday night was the first time any of the writers on this site had seen Michael Ray perform. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we were blown away. His forty minute set flew by and left us and the entire House of Blues wanting more. Nine songs, including a pair of covers, brought the crowd to life and placed him on a small list of artists we can’t wait to see again. Here are the three things we learned in those forty minutes he was on stage.
Carrie, Carrie, Carrie. Sweet Carrie. First and foremost, thank you for coming to Boston. It might not be the most convenient geographically, but it’s the biggest indoor venue in the region and the only one that makes sense for her 2016 Storyteller Tour. Bringing along Easton Corbin (big fan) and The Swon Brothers (bigger fan) takes this night from good to great – honestly the most excited I’ve been for a show in about a year. Between her sweet vocals, killer new set of music, and those legs how could I not be excited.
Kip Moore is currently on the road headlining his 2015 Wild Ones Tour. He’s bringing along Michael Ray for the entirety of the tour plus one special guest that could include the likes of Joey Hyde and DeeJay Silver. When the tour stops in Boston on October 30, it’ll be Hyde, Ray and Moore who take the stage. These are the songs you can look forward to hearing.
Eric Church is widely known as one of the best performers in country music. His unique ability to blend genres makes his records good, but hearing the sound live takes things to another level. His heavily rock influenced show, makes it unlike anything else around. One moment he’s in your face and the next he’s slowing things down. There’s songs about things that matter and songs about those that don’t. But if you’ve seen the chief perform before you already knew all that. What made Thursday night at the TD Garden different was the record breaking length.