Lady Antebellum Treats Fans to Intimate Show in Nashville’s The Bell Tower
Just before heading across the way to Nissan Stadium to perform for thousands of fans at the stadium, the ACM decorated trio dazzled fans with a set list of hits, and some new gems, who happily packed the 1800s-era church to see the band. They kicked off their set with the title track of their new album, Heart Break, with Charles Kelley accurately noting, “I think this is the place to be for all the single guys.” The crowd demonstrated their appreciation for the group when they started in on their first No. 1 hit, “I Run to You.” “Where the singers at?” Kelley asked the audience, who enthusiastically responded by filling The Bell Tower with their voices, singing the chorus up to the rafters.
They really kicked the energy up a notch with the fiery, “You Look Good,” with the horns bringing the venue to life as all three members of Lady A rocked fresh shades, really getting into the riveting number. The swanky track was appropriately followed by the equally upbeat “Downtown.” “Army,” another new track off the amazing Heart Break, served as a sweet change of pace, as the poignant song is inspired by Kelley and Dave Haywood’s wives, who they say have the strength to hold everything in life together. And the crowd didn’t miss a beat when Hillary Scott turned the mic over to them to sing the final chorus during their signature hit, “Need You Now,” closing out their spirited performance.
Following country music’s fiercest trio was one of the genre’s hottest up and coming acts, Brett Young, who’s also on tour with the group during their 2017 You Look Good World Tour. “We beat this one to death and I’m not sorry about it,” he confessed before diving into the “Other Side of Leaving,” which was followed by a solid set of songs that have made him one of country’s fastest rising stars. He also treated fans to a new song, “Like it Doesn’t,”written about the “we should still be friends” conversation that comes with almost every breakup. And his presence in the genre was on full display when the crowd sang the chorus of “In Case You Didn’t Know” right back to him. “You sound beautiful,” he commented, before sweetly calling his parents the most “beautiful, perfect” example of love as he closed out his set with his first No. 1, “Sleep Without You.”
The night was brought to a unique close when Walker Hayes took the stage with his compelling musicianship. He added a truly eclectic dynamic to his set with his one-man show that included beat-boxing and live recording his own background vocals on stage, later looping them into the show. “Beautiful” made him sound like a mini Sam Hunt, while he demonstrated his creative side with an impromptu song he made up from rude comments he’s read about himself on social media, turning the negative words into a fun and playful track. When he finished his set with his current single, “You Broke Up With Me,” Hayes made it clear that he could very well be a breakthrough artist in the genre over the coming years.