It was a stellar night of country music for over 40,000 fans on Saturday at Gillette Stadium, as George Strait headlined a quadruple billing. Blake Shelton, Cody Carlson, and Caitlyn Smith rounded out a spectacular lineup of superlative country music.
Singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith started things off with a hard-hitting set that displayed her prowess crossing genres ranging from country, to rock, to Americana. An extreme talent vocally, she can hold her own on guitar as well. Smith has been named as one of the “10 New Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone Magazine.
Cody Carlson was next up, as he put on a performance that got the crowd out of their seats and into a frenzy. Carlson’s set was as loud as it was tight. His exuberant stage persona had the audience engaged the minute he stepped on stage. Of particular note was his moving tribute to our country’s armed forces and first responders, which got fans especially charged up.
Blake Shelton kept the momentum going with a charming stage presence of his own. A seven time Grammy nominee, Shelton enthralled as he worked his way through his many of hits, including “Austin,” Ol’ Red,” “Some Beach,” “Honey Bee,” “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” and “Boys ‘Round Here.”
Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner George Strait took the stage to much fanfare, as he played a 29 song setlist. Strait delivered what his loyal fans came for, an evening of some traditionally rooted country music. Often called the “King of Country,” Strait delighted the audience with his vast catalog of hits, including “Unwound,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Amarillo by Morning,” and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.”
What’s Up Rhode Island was there to cover the celebrated night of fantastic country music. See the slideshow below for photos.[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”68″ display=”basic_slideshow”]