The Certified Platinum Tour kicked off last week and made a stop in Columbus, Ohio. The highly anticipated show brought a full house to Nationwide Arena. The crowd, the energy, and of course the talent, made for a must see concert.
Rising star Raelynn took the stage first. She was able to hold the audience’s attention for the duration of her set. Many individuals in the crowd were seeing her for the first time, and seemed to be quite impressed. She sang several songs from her new EP, ME. “Better Do It” is an in your face song that was able to get the audience to their feet. She slowed things down with her song “Careless”. She even covered Meghan Trainor’s “All about That Bass” in the middle of her set. Raelynn lights up when she is on stage, and shows no signs of nerves. She has truly grown as an artist since her days on The Voice. She closes her set with her hit “God Made Girls”, this moment has the most crowd involvement. If you can’t get enough of her, after the show all fans are welcome to get in line for a quick selfie!
The second act of the night was the incredibly humble Justin Moore. This man cuts hit after hit, and still has not seen as much recognition as he deserves. Justin is no stranger to the stage, and he makes that clear early in his set. There is not a weak moment when he is performing. His entire setlist is full of familiar songs; “Til’ My Last Day”, “Lettin’ the Night Roll”, “Point at You”, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”. Justin still performs the incredible “Small Town Throw Down”, with the absence of Brantley Gilbert and Thomas Rhett.
A sentimental moment of his set occurred when he reached out to a young girl near the stage, and sang to her. Her face was full of joy, and she was lucky to receive Justin’s guitar pick. Towards the end of his set Justin takes his iconic cowboy hat off, kneels on the stage, and looks to the crowd in disbelief. He is truly appreciative of all the success he is having and his gratitude resonates with all of his fans. His fan base continues to grow, and we will surely see Justin as a headliner of a major tour in the near future.
The music video for “Somethin’ Bad” comes on the screens around the arena, everyone knows what is coming next. The video ends, a curtain drops to reveal a countdown, the countdown reaches zero, and the crowd erupts. Here comes Miranda Lambert walking through a door in the middle of a massive screen.
Her music alone is enough to make you want to buy every album that she has released, and then you add her heart stopping stage presence. There is a reason that this woman has won five consecutive CMA female vocalist of the year awards. She sings several songs off of her newest album Platinum; including, “Automatic”, “Priscilla”, “Smokin’ and Drinkin”, and of course “Platinum”. My favorite song performed was hands down “Little Red Wagon”. Miranda runs all around the stage, full of sass and attitude, making you feel every line she sings.
She has a way of engaging with the audience that is so flawless, yet relatable. During her performance of “White Liar” she singled out a man in the crowd by giving him the white liar title, then they playfully fist bumped. Miranda brings out Raelynn and Gwen Sebastian for the encore of the show to cover the Dixie Chicks, “Cowboy Take Me Away”. These three ladies execute this song beautifully and provide the perfect ending to a great concert.
Miranda Lambert is a class act that everyone needs to see live. She is simply unstoppable.