Introduced by the night’s host, comedian John Mulaney, the hit maker kicked things off with the strutting romantic groove of his new single, “Look What God Gave Her.” Rocking a pearl white acoustic guitar and leading a full band – complete with backup singers – both the song and TR’s performance were once again dedicated to his wife, Lauren, following in the footsteps of hits like “Die a Happy Man” and “Unforgettable.” But this time, the star’s devotion comes with a blast of uptempo R&B fun.
TR returned to the stage later on to unveil another new track from Center Point Road – a brassy, soul inflected party starter titled “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” Featuring a four-piece horn section and a hard-driving funk rhythm, TR cut loose for an anthem all about treating every day like it’s Friday night, even trading a few flirtatious lines with each of his backup singers. It was later revealed on Twitter that Little Big Town provides background vocals for the recorded track.
TR’s Center Point Road is expected to be released this spring, and on May 17 he’ll embark on his headlining 2019 Very Hot Summer Tour. With support from his songwriter/artist father, Rhett Akins, plus Dustin Lynch and Russell Dickerson, the run currently includes almost 40 coast-to-coast dates and is set to wrap with a hometown show October 12 in Nashville.