BRETT ELDREDGE & THOMAS RHETT SUIT UP AND STRAP ON FOR 2015 TOUR

The 14th annual CMT On Tour series is underway. This year, they’ve enlisted the dynamic duo of Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett for the Suits & Boots Tour. Along with special guest Danielle Bradbery, the tour is infusing some southern swagger into the holiday season. Both Eldredge and Rhett have multiple CMT Award nominations, and they were co-presenters together at this year’s award show. Now they’re sharing the stage as performers, playing their platinum hits for packed venues.

Danielle Bradbery
Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery’s star is rising fast. Under the guidance of country music superstar Blake Shelton, she became the youngest contestant ever to win the title on NBC‘s The Voice at just 18 years old. She’s no stranger to the big stage, having toured with the likes of Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, and Scotty McCreery.

Last night, she set the tone for the night, kicking her set off with “Shot of Whiskey.” From there, she launched into “The Heart of Dixie, the first single from her self-titled album (Big Machine Records). Her set also included a cover of Tori Kelly’s “Should’ve Been Us.” With a great performance, Bradbery showed poise and promise in front of a big room. Amidst the suits, boots, beards and beers, Bradbery added her soft touch to a rugged outing.

Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett

Up next on the ballot was Thomas Rhett. He got things off to a rowdy start with “Anthem” followed by “South Side,” perfectly appropriate track given the Sands Event Center‘s location on the South Side of Bethlehem, PA. Highlights from the set included Rhett’s award-winning “Make Me Wanna,” “Tangled Up,” “Give Me Some of That,” and “It Goes Like This,” the smash hit title track from his debut album that was nominated for two CMT Music Awards in 2014.

Thomas Rhett
Thomas Rhett

In the middle of his set, Rhett ripped through a rousing cover of Bruno Mars“Uptown Funk. Then, stripped things down to just him and his Martin acoustic (which he may or may not have acquired just a few miles down the road at the Martin Guitar Factory in Nazareth, PA). He performed a wonderful mashup of Florida Georgia Line‘s “Round Here” and Eric Church‘s “Homeboy. Following that, the rest of the band returned and with Rhett at the helm, they played the heartstring tugger “Die a Happy Man. Fans sang along to the point were Rhett stepped away from the mic and let the audience take the lead. It was undoubtedly the crown jewel of his set. Later, he brought Danielle Bradbery back out for some addition vocals on “Playing With Fire.” He closed out his set with “Crash and Burn,” but he did anything but.

Brett Eldredge
Brett Eldredge

For the night’s final act, Brett Eldredge took the stage atop a huge riser, opening with “Beat of The Music.” From there in front of the marquee that bore his name he tore through “Fire,” the opening track from his latest studio effort Illinois. Highlights from the set included “If You Were My Girl,” “Drunk On Your Love,” ,” and “Time Well Spent.” He ripped through a rocking version of “Tell Me Where To Park” from his debut album, and slowed things down for the gentle ballad “Wanna Be That Song” off his latest effort.

Brett Eldredge
Brett Eldredge

The crowd was also treated to a fun duet from Eldredge and Rhett. Sitting side by side on stools, they went through a wide array of covers including Kanye West’s “Gold Digger,” Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon,” Drake’s latest hit “Hotline Bling,” Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), One Direction’s “Drag Me Down,” and Tim McGraw‘s “Real Good Man.” Amid the songs, the two shared banter about women and their love lives, mainly Brett’s. All in good fun though, and the crowd laughed along and sang along. The duo closed out the show with an explosive live version of “You Can’t Stop Me,” their duet from Eldredge’s latest Illinois. With that final track, the two made it clear that they are no longer up and coming – they have arrived. – by Matt Bishop

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