In Concert: Tim McGraw at Jiffy Lube Live
By Emily Yahr
After 22 years of touring, Tim McGraw can do whatever Tim McGraw wants — and the country star made that point perfectly clear during Saturday’s Southern Voice Tour at Jiffy Lube Live. While it first appeared that McGraw would nonchalantly sail through the show — robotically crooning hit after hit that’s made him so famous — the singer ratcheted up the energy in the second half of the night, proving that even during one of the most dreary concert seasons in recent history , there are reasons that he can still attract thousands to a live show.
Kicking the concert off with "Real Good Man," McGraw steamrolled through the first 10 songs, only stopping to announce to the crowd that at his shows, "We don’t [fool around] … we just play music," and earn major "awww" points by bringing out his adorable young daughter, Maggie, to sing the chorus of "Last Dollar (Fly Away)." But besides sitting on the edge of the stage to allow fans better camera access for eventual Facebook profile pictures, audience interaction was only limited to some high-fives in the crowd.
Just as all hope appeared to be lost, however, McGraw busted out the acoustic guitar, sat down by himself on a stool, and started chattering away as the audience listened intently. Topics included his age (turned 43 in May), his hometown (in Louisiana, as he reminded everyone to pray for the Gulf Coast victims) and reasons he started playing guitar (to impress the ladies). After singing Alabama’s "Feels So Right," McGraw was joined by his pals the Warren Brothers, Brad and Brett; and after a quick Taylor Swift joke — the teen launched her career with the single, "Tim McGraw" — the three men collaborated on a gorgeous, chill-inducing version of "If You’re Reading This," about a fallen soldier’s last words to his family.
With the crowd buzzing from the unexpected sit-down, McGraw kept the mood going as he immediately launched into a cover of "Tiny Dancer," and moved on to some of his even more popular hits, such as "I Like It, I Love It," "Something Like That," and "Live Like You Were Dying." The show went on for nearly two hours, and easily overcame the sleepy beginning.
Opening act Lady Antebellum, who tends to sound just as pitch-perfect live as they do on their albums, sang their sweet, sweet harmonies, and looked more like three good friends just casually hanging out and singing, rather than performing for a ginormous venue. The trio, comprised of Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, sang their current hits, and the crowd erupted when they broke into "Need You Now," possibly the most heart wrenching song ever written about a late-night hook-up.
(More pictures after the jump.)
July 12, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories: In concert | Tags: Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw
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