Country music superstar Martina McBride is leaving a lasting impression on fans with her current run of shows. Her Everlasting Tour is currently making its way around the country, treating fans to a unique Martina experience. The tour is in continued support of her latest covers album Everlasting which debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart last April. Martina is still bringing the album to life on the road, and of course, performing some of her greatest hits as well. “We’re gonna do things a bit differently tonight,” Martina said to the crowd when she walked on stage. Different it was, but sometimes different can be great.
After a fancy intro from her amazing band, Martina kicked off the evening’s festivities with “When God-Fearin’ Women Get The Blues,” the lead single from her 2001 greatest hits compilation. Then she played “Love’s The Only House” and Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.” The night was so wild, though, but it was wonderful. Highlights from her own catalog included “Blesses,” “Wild Angels,” the heartstring-tugger “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” and others.
Particularly impressive was her cover of pop star P!ink’s “Perfect.” Martina went a bit outside of her wheelhouse on this one, but truly made the track her own and nailed it. After the 18-song set, Martina returned to the stage for a lengthy three-song encore. First was her cover of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” Then, the crown went wild for arguably her two biggest hits – “This One’s For The Girls” and “Independence Day.”
What Martina is doing with this covers album and tour is a breath of fresh air for her career. She took a chance and changed things up, and its working for her. Fans bought the record, and they’re responding at the live shows. Through all this, she hasn’t forgotten her roots. The hits are still being played. Its just a different experience, and I think the fans appreciate it more than she knows.
Martina McBride released her debut The Time Has Come in 1992. Since then, she has sold nearly 15 million albums in the U.S. alone. She’s been nominated for an astounding 14 Grammy Awards. In 2011, she received a special Honorary Award at the ACM Awards. She’s taken home the ACM Award for Top Female Vocalist three times, and the CMA Award for Female Vocalist of The Year four times – tied with Reba McEntire and Miranda Lambert for most wins in the category. In addition to her musical achievements, Martina is a generous philanthropist and is a recipient of the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award. – by Matt Bishop