5 Most Memorable Songs From the Last Night of CMA Fest 2019
The 2019 CMA Music Festival is in the books!
Nashville's annual four-day country music festival just completed its 48th year on Sunday night (June 10) with a grand finale of performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Chris Janson, Old Dominion, Trisha Yearwood and David Lee Murphy, who all performed at Nissan Stadium. Here are the five most memorable songs from CMA Fest's final night.
5. Old Dominion, "Hotel Key"
Old Dominion were rocking the stage with their umpteen hits, but "Hotel Key" saw the first time in the night when a performer (Old Dominion lead singer Matthew Ramsey) made their way to the bottom of the two-tier stage and started mingling with fans in the front row. Ramsey also sang his way through the crowd and performed on the satellite stage (a small stage set up in the crowd about 50 yards from the main stage). It let fans know that that type of crowd interaction might be fair game for Morris, Urban Bryan – and it was.
4. Maren Morris, "My Church"
Maren Morris exploded onto the country music scene in 2017 with her album Hero, thanks mostly to her debut hit "My Church." Morris has added a lot of pop influence in her music since that debut ( including "The Middle" with Zedd), so there was something special about seeing her play an acoustic guitar to the song that broke her career.
3. Chris Janson, "Drunk Girl"
Chris Janson, dubbed the "human hummingbird," is a ball of energy at his shows. However, the highlight of Janson's set was when he sat down at the piano and started playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man," which led into his ballad "Drunk Girl" – a song that won Janson the Video of the Year award at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards. Janson is a master at getting the crowd engaged, but this shows he now has songs in his arsenal that keep fans entertained, even without a fist pump.
2. Luke Bryan, "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)"
Luke Bryan was the headliner for Sunday's Nissan Stadium show, and he came out blazing with his 2011 hit "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)." The final performer of the weekend, Bryan went straight out to the front row of the crowd during the first song, letting fans in the pit know they were going to get their share of close-up videos and pictures for his entire show. Bryan hung out on the bottom of the two-tier stage for most of his performance and set the tone for his set, which lasted until about 1AM.
1. Keith Urban, "Somebody Like You"
Keith Urban, reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year, showed fans at CMA Fest exactly why he earned both coveted awards in 2019. During "Somebody Like You," Urban at one point broke down the song and had the stage lights shut off. After a short monologue, he insinuated the only way for the crowd to see the band was if fans held up the lights on their cellphones. They did – and it worked, creating an awesome ambiance as Urban and his band built the song back up to an absolute rock-style explosion of lights and sound. The crowd roared and Urban, as always, looked like the coolest dude in the room.
Performances from Nissan Stadium will also air on the ABC television special CMA Fest: The Music Event of Summer later this year.
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