On what was quite possibly the coldest night mid-Missouri has seen so far this year, country music fans nonetheless braved the subzero temperature for a night of vigorous performances from Carrie Unde
On what was quite possibly the coldest night mid-Missouri has seen so far this year, country music fans nonetheless braved the subzero temperature for a night of vigorous performances from Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
Underwood was noticeably drained of energy, and understandably so, considering the eventful week she'd had: In addition to winning five Billboard Awards three nights earlier in Las Vegas, the singer also performed for the President at the Kennedy Center Honors, taped an episode of "Oprah" with Tony Bennett and received multiple Grammy nods. "I'm so glad I didn't take my mom to that," Underwood said of the Billboard Awards. "Not a lot of country folk there."
In light of her whirlwind week, the season four "American Idol" winner put forth her best effort for her fans. Her voice sounded hoarse at times, but as she built momentum throughout the set she managed to belt out the choruses of her songs like an established pro.
Crowd favorites included "Wasted," "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore" and the hit singles "Jesus Take the Wheel" and the kiss-off anthem "Before He Cheats," which inspired everyone in the audience to jump to their feet.
Although Underwood's set garnered a lot of excitement, Paisley was undoubtedly the star of the night. His set consisted of one crowd-pleaser after another, kicking off with the tongue-in-cheek "Celebrity," followed by the playful "Wrapped Around."
The guitar virtuoso was able to really show off his skills live, and nearly every song found him incorporating extended solos and riffs. "I'll Take You Back" and "Mud on the Tires" were particular standouts, as well as the sentimental ballad "She's Everything," during which he left the stage and triumphantly returned for an impressive song-closing solo.
Throughout the set Paisley knew how to work the energetic crowd. He chucked handfuls of guitar picks into the audience, kicked around giant inflatable balls during "The World," led an all-too-weather-appropriate sing-along to "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and prominently displayed a neon "Free Beer" sign during "Alcohol."
Underwood joined him onstage to cover Alison Krauss' part on the duet "Whiskey Lullaby," and the encore closed out with "I'm Gonna Miss Her" and a cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Not a bad way to warm up from the cold outside.
Here is Carrie Underwood's set list:
"We're Young and Beautiful"
"That's Where It Is"
"Starts With Goodbye"
"Don't Forget To Remember Me"
"Before He Cheats"
"Jesus Take the Wheel"
"I Ain't in Checotah Anymore"
Here is Brad Paisley's set list:
"Mud on the Tires"
"I'll Take You Back"
"When I Get Where I'm Going"
"I'm Gonna Miss Her"
"Folsom Prison Blues"