Pictured: Steven Tyler performing at CMA Fest
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock is one day away! The special airs tomorrow night at 8/7c on ABC, and to help get you excited for tomorrow night's show, let's take a look back at night three of the impressive four night event.
It was another night of on stage surprise collaborations... Chris Young brought Cassadee Pope onto the stage to perform their hit, "Think of You," and it was hard to tell who was having more fun... the duo looked just as happy to be on the stage as CMA Fest attendees were to have them there. The love fest continued when Cole Swindell took the stage rousing the crowd with "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight" and bringing them to tears with "You Should Be Here." Then it was time for Florida Georgia Line. Let's just say, they brought the party in a way that only they can. I don't think there was a single person in all of Nissan Stadium standing still during their set. Truly. If you aren't a fan before a FGL performance, you will be after. The energy these two bring to the stage is unlike any other... even on their slow songs, everyone sways from side to side. Normally, I would feel bad for anyone who has to follow a master class in performance like that. But, when the next artist is Steven Tyler, well... with his unbelievable vocals and stage presence, he knows a thing or two about bringing the audience to their feet. And when Martina McBride came out to join Tyler on "Cryin'," the crowd was at fever pitch. Next up... Blake Shelton. You know, this guy could get by on charm alone. Every time I've seen him perform, he has a way of talking to the crowd as if he's having a conversation with a close friend, and you just want to lean in and hear more. CMA Fest was no exception. Shelton's natural charm and easy banter was in full effect, and he wowed with "Ol' Red," "Came Here to Forget," and "She's Got a Way with Words." Leave it to Shelton to have a trick or two up his sleeve as well as he welcomed The Oak Ridge Boys onto the stage to help him perform "Doing It to Country Songs" and their hit "Elvira." While this performance may not make the cut for the special, it was certainly a highlight of the evening, and it just goes to show that if you have a chance to attend CMA Fest, there are even more surprises in store than what airs on the special. Hard to believe, but true.
Review and photos by Pamela Thomas