Thousands of fans flooded the streets of downtown Nashville for the Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato Future Now Tour concert last night (Sept. 8), but little did they know that there would be a touch of country music thrown into the set.
Throughout the night, Lovato and Jonas performed their usual sets playing a number of their radio hits mixed in with their previous album cuts. During the midst of Lovato’s set, she stopped the show for a brief monologue in which she highlighted that she had a special friend from town whom she invited to join her for a surprise appearance. Enter Brad Paisley, clad in his famous cowboy hat with guitar in hand, prepared and ready to sing their duet, “Without a Fight,” with the pop singer. The two showed off their vocal harmonizing with one another as well as their obvious friendship they’ve developed through working together.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) September 8, 2016
Jonas then rejoined the two on stage for a guitar-infused version of Lovato’s emotional track, “Stone Cold,” in which Paisley doused the song in some sultry licks as Jonas kept the piano melody going. As Lovato and Paisley finished out their time for that portion of the show, Jonas copied the trend and invited his close country friend Thomas Rhett out to recreate a couple songs from their time together filming CMT Crossroads. Jonas took the lead at first, playing a powerful breakup song called “Chainsaw,” which Rhett matched his guitar-playing skills to. Rather than do the one-and-done deal as planned, Rhett stayed to perform his No. 1 hit, “Die a Happy Man,” alongside Jonas, getting the entire crowd chiming in through the sweet choruses.
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) September 8, 2016
While the pop artists have previously invited a couple guests on stage during their shows, this is the first time they brought out country acts as a part of the show. Their ties to country music may be random to some due to their connection with another genre, but both stars have roots planted in the South as they were born in Texas and developed a love of country music throughout their careers.