Last weekend Florida Georgia Line‘s “Anything Goes” Tour rolled into town at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The parking lots were filled with jacked up trucks and rowdy fans tailgating hardcore before the show. It was most definitely the place to be for country music fans in the Baltimore and surrounding areas.
Frankie Ballard started things off and he started them off right. Ballard has one of the most unique voices in country music (and the best hair too!) He performed his two latest singles “Sunshine and Whiskey” as well as “Young and Crazy.” He had great energy, strong stage presence and portrayed true artistry. Although his set was short-lived it was extremely entertaining and enjoyable. Frankie Ballard is like the James Dean of country music, he is refreshing and hip. He is a old soul with a touch of modern day charisma.
Thomas Rhett followed shortly after Frankie Ballard. He started out extremely strong with “Shake Your South Side.” From the second the lights came on he was hype. There was a lot of booty shaking going on and I’m not talking about the fans. Rhett was definitely shaking what his mama gave him. The entire set was very fun and laid back. His stage presence is very hospitable. He is very genuine and heartfelt. He performed his new single titled “Crash and Burn” which was done effortlessly and given the loud screams of the audience I would say they agree. Rhett also took a short time out to sing Happy Birthday to a fan which was a delightful bonus. The leading part of Rhett’s set(at least in my opinion) was his acoustic version of “Beer With Jesus.” It was passionate and raw. I thought it was a great choice and added a deeper form of artistry to his overall image. It was nice to see that side of him. Thomas Rhett is a incredible song writer, a suitable vocalist and one hell of a performer.
Headlining duo Florida Georgia Line ended things with a bang. Opening with “Every Night” and sliding into “It’s Just What We Do,” it started off at full speed and didn’t even bother to slow turn, not even for the curves. Their stage presence is fierce. It’s like nothing I’ve seen before. It’s as if they cherish every single moment on that stage. Every word they sing, every step they take is done with desire and passion. They performed all the fan favorites such as “Round Here” and “Get Your Shine On.” One of the best moments was when they dedicated “Dirt” to all the moms for Mother’s Day. Also, “Bumpin The Night” was performed flawlessly. The entire set was jam packed with excitement and energy . Ending the night with “Cruise” which is the best-selling country digital song of all time in the United States, it was not only a strong beginning but a strong ending as well. Florida Georgia Line is one of the leading country music duo’s and I understand why. They are jordan wearing, whiskey sipping, in your face kind of people. What are they lacking you ask? Absolutely nothing.
Have you seen the Anything Goes tour? What was your favorite part? Tweet me @brittwv and let me know.