Martina McBride Brings Her Everlasting Tour to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

Martina McBride, Songwriters Hall
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Martina McBride performs onstage at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 45th Annual Induction and Awards at Marriott Marquis Theater on June 12, 2014 in New York City. 

Martina McBride brought her Everlasting tour to her home base of Nashville on Saturday (Nov. 1), headlining before a capacity crowd at the Ryman Auditorium.

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The singer proved once again why she is one of three women to win the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year trophy four times. And though Miranda Lambert might pass the singer (as well as Reba McEntire) with a fifth win on Wednesday night, McBride left no doubt that she is still one of the most powerful female vocalists that Music City has ever seen.

Backed by her regular band members players, a four-piece horn section, the singer delighted her fans from the initial song, “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues,” a top 10 Billboard single from 2001. The brass section helped to breathe new life into the song, which also benefited from a huge dose of swagger from the Kansas native.

Fans who came to hear the hits were not let down, as she performed many of the songs that made her a radio presence for the past two-decades, such as “Wild Angels,” (her first No. 1 hit) “Blessed,” and “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” which brought the singer one of many standing ovations.

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The emotion ran high during her performance of “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” which moved many of the audience members to tears. Though not her biggest hit, one of her singles that has aged very well is 1999’s “Love’s the Only House.” Alternating between a recitation and pure vocal bravado, the song remains a tour de force in her catalog.

As the concert tour is titled after her current album, the R&B/pop covers disc which topped the Country Albums chart this spring, many of the tracks from the album were featured. With the horns behind her, the singer knocked such classics as “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” Van Morrison’s “Wild Night,” and “My Babe.” She paid tribute to the Memphis sound on a stellar performance of “Suspicious Minds” and paid homage to Linda Ronstadt with an understated yet effective stroll through “Little Bit Of Rain.”

Of the cuts from the current album, none received any greater response than “Bring It On Home To Me,” which turned into a vocal standoff with duet partner Gavin DeGraw. Both singers delighted in bringing out the best in each other, which brought the audience out of their collective seats.

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As any McBride fan will attest, there are a trio of McBride songs that are similar to an American Express card -- she can’t home without them. She delivered a knockout punch to “This One’s For the Girls” and her pure power on standards “A Broken Wing” and “Independence Day” were riveting textbook examples of just what a female vocalist is supposed to be about.

To quote a few of her album titles, the Evolution of her career and pure Emotion of her Timeless career continues to give McBride more than ample opportunity to sparkle and Shine as strongly as ever. Everlasting? Most definitely! We couldn’t say it any better.

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