1. Brad Paisley and Hank Williams, Jr. – “Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams.” – It’s always a great moment when a special guest appears. When it’s a legend like Bocephus, that makes it a little bit sweeter.
2. The Band Perry – “Fat Bottomed Girls” – I love hearing artists cover other songs. This one is fun because it is such a departure from what The Band Perry usually releases, but they find a way to make it work. Good CMA Fest fun!
3. Kenny Rogers – “The Gambler” – What’s not to love about a living legend performing one of the biggest songs in country music live in concert?
4. David Nail – “The Sound of a Million Dreams – It’s a great song. Hearing him sing it backed by a group of students made the song much more emotional, for both Nail and the audience. Did anyone really not get goose bumps during this one?
5. Luke Bryan – “Drunk On You” – A great summertime song and it really got the crowd going.
6. Faith Hill – “This Kiss.” – I had forgotten how much I liked Faith Hill. This performance reminded me.
7. Eric Church – “Drink In My Hand.” This guy just knows how to perform. One of my favorite shows of the Fest.
8. Dierks Bentley – “5-1-5-0”. He performed a little more than a week after his dad passed away. Still, his performance was flawless.
9. Jake Owen – “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” It’s hard to pick one song from some of these artist’s set, because they were so good from start to finish. Owen was one of those who did an amazing and job. I wouldn’t have minded hearing a few more tunes.
10. Carrie Underwood – This gal can really sing! This song proves the range she has. Even more impressive live.