I’m a rock girl, but I have to say there’s something about country music. Maybe it’s the story. Or the twang. Or even the good time sentiment found in many songs. In the case of Blake Shelton — arguably the hottest singer in country music right now with hit after hit (and a new album on the way) — it’s all three. And each was on full display Thursday night at the Save Mart Center where he headlined the Ten Times Crazier Tour.
For one hour fifty minutes, Blake Shelton wove his way through his extensive song list that included new single “Neon Lights” and favorites like “Kiss My Country Ass,” “Honey Bee” and “Boys Round Here.” And the fans — who filled nearly every seat all the way to the last row on the upper level — toe-tapped and sang along until the very last note.
This is a show designed for hard-working folks who want to step away from life for a couple hours and have some fun. That’s what Blake Shelton represents. He’s not fancy, and he plays up his regular-guy role every step of the way as he sets up each song. If I had one quibble about the show, I’d say the schtick is a bit too much at times, especially the banter about nerves. I want to believe he’s sincere, and that came across best when he shared stories about writing songs and how they related to him.
Musically, I thought Shelton sounded really good. The band, back-up singers and Shelton seem really polished. They don’t mess around, they move from song to song seamlessly. The pacing was good, too. Shelton went from up-tempo party-like songs to slower ballads, adding in a bit of that outlaw feel and then flipping to acoustic and a touch of pop. Each variation worked and kept the show interesting. I enjoyed the show.
As a bonus, opening act The Band Perry really shined. The trio is energetic, youthful and super talented. Their harmonies are really strong. They perfectly set the tone for Shelton to follow.
Did you see the show? Share your review in the comments. And, be sure to check out this photo gallery from the concert from Bee photographer Craig Kohlruss.
And, here’s a video from Thursday night: