Can we get a hallelujah? Chicago radio station US99.5 joined forces with Skooters Roadhouse in Shorewood, IL on Wednesday, April 20 to bring a special FREE Maren Morris concert hosted by radio personality, Drew Walker, as part of the station’s Miller Lite New Country on Tap.
Morris humbly and confidently took the stage for a 9-song acoustic set comprised of songs from her current EP, songs she had written that were recorded by other artists, and an arguably better-than-the-original cover of Beyonce’s “Halo” which she knocked out of the barn! I don’t know if it’s the clean vocals or the stripped-down guitar, but there’s something about an acoustic performance that makes you stop everything you’re doing and attentively listen with a big smile plastered on your face.
As soon as Morris belted the first note into the mic, she had immediately roped the attention of the entire crowd. Her vocals were pure and especially shined in the acoustic format. Passion poured out of her as she bared her deepest emotions in the form of song. One moment that stood out was when she explained that her getting-over-you ballad, “Drunk Girls Don’t Cry” was written about a relationship gone wrong, and a man trying to charm the lady back insincerely. The astute lyrics draw an illusion of an onlooking friend rolling her eyes as she says, “every time you tell me deep down he’s a good guy, that’s like saying drunk girls don’t cry.”
— Tiera Joy ✨ (@TieraBolt) April 21, 2016
Before Morris became a well-known artist, she had some big successes as a songwriter. Tonight, she shared two of the songs she had written that were recorded by megastars Kelly Clarkson (“Second Wind”) and Tim McGraw (“Last Turn Home”). Check out this exclusive clip of her singing “Last Turn Home” at Skooters!
Morris finished her set with a performance of her first national radio hit, “My Church” which was amplified by the audience preaching the lyrics right back to her. Her face conveyed sheer gratitude as she closed the night by saying, “I love Chicago, and I can’t wait to come back!” We expect some great things from Maren Morris and can’t wait to watch her mature as an artist along the way. Can I get an “Amen?” Watch this exclusive clip of Marren Morris performing her smash, “My Church” below!
— Tiera Joy ✨ (@TieraBolt) April 22, 2016