On July 10th the Sounds Of Summer tour pulled into Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. Although it wasn’t a sold out show, each artist performed as if it were.
Universal Music Group’s Canaan Smith was first to take the stage. I missed most of his set due to a prior engagement with Kip Moore, however, I could hear everything from where I was. I do know he sounded great and the fans were loving every minute of it. It was also a very special night for Smith as he was celebrating his first number one hit with “Love You Like That.”
Maddie & Tae was next to take the stage. The duo may be fresh on the scene but they sure perform like they’ve been doing this forever. Their vocals were amazing and their stage presence precise. They performed their latest single “Fly” as well as their hit song “Girl In A Country Song.” However, one of the best part’s of their set was when they covered pop artist Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” It was totally innovative and they made it their own. Maddie & Tae are proving why women belong in country music. They are two ripe tomato’s.
The vibe changed once Kip Moore took the stage. You see, he’s a different breed and cut from a different cloth. Moore is edgy, raw and refuses to play it safe. He takes risks and they damn sure pay off. Opening with “Wild Ones” was brilliant for two reasons. Reason number one being that his newest album Wild Ones is set to be released on August 21st of this year. Reason number two was obvious from the start, tonight we’re just worried about having fun cause we’re the wild ones. The songs lyrics set the mood for his entire set, meaning you’re going to have a damn good time with him on stage. Moore’s music has depth, and although labeled as a “bro” to some, I just label him as a lyrical genius. If Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi had a baby, his name would be Kip Moore. Moore’s vocals are fresh, authentic and timeless. His music has a classic rock edge to it and it most certainly draws you in. With songs such as “I’m To Blame” and “Lipstick,” his new album is destined to be a lyrical masterpiece.
Headlining act Dierks Bentley came out strong. I noticed immediately his entire set up was bigger and better than I’ve ever seen. You know what you can expect from a Dierks Bentley show? Fireworks and fire. That’s right. Bentley is pulling out all the stops for his tour and you can bet your ass it’s worth every penny you’ll spend. Opening with “Sideways” and sliding straight into “5-1-5-0” he most definitely takes you on a ride. Bentley is unpredictable, which could be why he shot-gunned a beer on stage with a fan. He has a big stage presence and is insanely talented. The craziness took a break during his latest single “Riser.” Vocally he was strong and the song was passionately performed. He also brought the other acts on stage to sing a couple songs with him as well. Bentley ended the night with “Drunk On A Plane” and it was fantastic. Dierks Bentley is one of those artists who are born to entertain. Is entertainer of the year is in his future? I’m certain of it.
Have you seen the Sounds Of Summer tour? What was the highlight for you? Tweet me @brittwv and let me know.