We love Thomas Rhett. There’s something about the Georgia singer that makes him easy to relate with. Maybe it’s his ability to create an album that combines the new school with the old school. It could be his unmistakable vocals. Or even his seemingly flawless marriage with his high school sweetheart Lauren. So during his hour long set on the Suits and Boots Tour this weekend, we couldn’t help but have the time of our lives. Here’s some reasons why:
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.
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.
Zac Brown Band already has one mega hit out this year. They’re likely to add another one when “Loving You Easy” impacts country radio next week. The track is similar to “Homegrown” in that it brings ZBB back to it’s early days. It’s more mainstream country rather than the fringe country sound heard on either The Grohl Sessions or Uncaged. Sure the latter went platinum, but it didn’t do nearly as well as their debut album The Foundation. As the band continues to grow in popularity it’s nice to see them returning to the sound that earned them so many fans with the songs “Chicken Fried” and “Whatever It Is.” Expect “Loving You Easy” to rise the charts quickly and become one of the songs of the summer. Take a listen: