by Matt Bishop | July 22, 2016
Summer is in full swing and one of the season’s biggest tours is sweeping its way across the country. Chart-topper Luke Bryan‘s Kill The Lights Tour is packing amphitheaters and arenas with help from Grammy Award winners Little Big Town and special guest Dustin Lynch. With some of country music’s biggest hits of the last decade between the three of them, the trifecta are proving to be one of the year’s hottest tickets. Even though it was already hot and humid, Dustin Lynch warmed up the crowd with his opening set last night at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. He dropped fan favorites like “To The Sky,” “Where It’s At,” “Cowboys & Angels,” and others. He concluded his time on stage with his #1 hit “Hell of a Night.” Lynch is still touring in support of his 2014 sophomore effort Where It’s At, which hit #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #8 on the Billboard Top 200.
Country music’s Fab Four were next on the docket. Little Big Town took the stage, opening with “Turn The Lights On.” They went right into their seminal classic “Little White Church,” and never looked back. LBT dropped hits like “Pontoon,” “Front Porch Thing,” “Bring It on Home,” “Tornado,” and more. The crowd that had been tailgating since the early afternoon roared pretty loud for the hit single “Day Drinking.” Little Big Town also treated fans to a beautiful rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” as well as a few other snippets of cover songs.
The band ended their set with their award-winning platinum hit “Girl Crush” followed by their signature classic “Boondocks.” Little Big Town have proven themselves to be one of country music’s greatest forces time and time again, and it’s only a matter of time before they are headlining venues this size or bigger.
Little Big Town enjoyed immense success after the release of their 2014 effort Pain Killer. The album debuted at #7 on the Billboard Top 200 and #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart. Anchored by the lead single “Day Drinking” and the breakout smash “Girl Crush,” the disc garnered multiple award nominations and wins. The band took home the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Girl Crush.” Back in May, LBT released a surprise record Wanderlust with help from renowned producer Pharrell Williams.
The stage was set for Luke Bryan, although Little Big Town are a tough act to follow. Bryan is no stranger to the spotlight, however, and to no one’s surprise he rolled through a hit-filled 22-song set. He kicked things off with his 2009 single “Rain is a Good Thing.” Party anthem “Kick The Dust Up” and heartbreaker “I See You” followed, and Bryan never looked back. Other highlights included “Crash My Party,” “Kill The Lights,” “Drunk on You,” “This Is How We Roll,” “Drink a Beer,” and the power ballad “Play It Again.” The ladies in the crowd were nearly swooning when he performed his sexy single “Strip It Down.”
With Little Big Town on the road with him, Bryan and vocalist Karen Fairchild are taking advantage, performing their duet “Home Alone Tonight.” Bryan also threw in a cover of Brooks & Dunn’s “Play Something Country” to give his fans a taste of the old school. Perhaps the gem of the set was Bryan’s current hit “Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day.” It’s a simple, nostalgic track not so much about hunting and fishing, but about finding one’s passions and living life to the fullest.
Fans knew the show was unfortunately coming to an end when Bryan played “That’s My Kind of Night” and “I Don’t Want This Night to End” back to back. He didn’t let it, though, and came out for an encore with the barn-burner “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).”
Since the release of his third album Tailgates & Tanlines back in 2011, Luke Bryan has been a force to be reckoned with in country music. This last two discs have debuted at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts. To date, the singer has sold approximately 8 million albums and racked up an impressive 15 chart-topping singles. Bryan is currently trekking across North America on his Kill The Lights Tour with special guests Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch which continues into fall.