It seems that as the lazy days of summer speed by, fans across the country are soaking up every single minute of live music that they can. With the uncertainty that lies ahead for the fall and the future of this pandemic, being in a sold-out outdoor venue, watching the smiling faces of so many people coming together, truly made it seem like even if only for a few hours, all was right in the world.
Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road Tour hit Long Island’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theatre last night (August 26th) and brought rising talent Gabby Barrett and hitmaker Cole Swindell along for the ride. Barrett who had an absolutely stellar 2020 amassing millions of streams and crossover success with “I Hope” opened the show. She performed songs from her debut project, Goldmine, and even covered Lady A’s “Need You Now” with help of her husband, lead guitarist, Cade Foehner, and the classic Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believing”.
After releasing her project and having her songs hit the top of the charts mid-pandemic, you could see the absolute joy on Barrett’s face to finally hear real-life fans sing her lyrics back to her during “Good Ones” and of course, her smash hit “I Hope” which she closed out her set with.
Cole Swindell, who filled his direct support slot on this tour with so many of his giant hits, took the stage next. Kicking things off with his current single “Single Saturday Night”, the entire venue filled up quickly to catch his set. He also performed “Love You Too Late”, “Break Up In the End” and a heartfelt moment for all those we’ve loved and lost with “You Should Be Here”.
He mashed up a bunch of 90s country hits like “Neon Moon”, “Ain’t Goin Down Til The Sun Comes Up”, “Shoulda Been a Cowboy” and more – showing his versatility and his love for his influences in the country music genre. He closed out his set with a high-energy performance of “Flatliner” and of course, “You Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” where he celebrated all of the military personnel in the audience, their families, and all who support our freedoms.
It’s been almost three years since Thomas Rhett sold out Madison Square Garden and fans in New York were more than ready to see the ACM Entertainer of the Year take the stage. The feeling in the venue was filled with palpable energy as the lights exploded on and the first notes of “Crash and Burn” blared through the speakers. Since that incredible show back in 2019, Rhett has added several number one hits, a brand new album, Country Again Side A, a new baby daughter, and another on the way. Throughout it all, Rhett has stayed true to himself and his fans delivering not only heartfelt and real-life songs but his 90 minute set proved, he missed the stage just as much as fans missed seeing him perform.
He bounced back and forth between throwback hits like “Make Me Wanna” and “It Goes Like This” and songs from his current album like “What’s Your Country Song?”, “Country Again”, and his latest release, “Redneck Be Like”. He jumped and danced around the stage, feeding off of the excitement that the crowd was so clearly feeling, at one point stating “This is the best audience I’ve ever had”. Fans of all ages could be found dancing and singing along the entire night, and Rhett even invited one of his smallest fans, Grace, who was celebrating her 7th birthday and her first concert to the stage during “Star Of The Show”.
During one of the very few slowed down moments, Rhett explained how this week he took his oldest daughter, Willa Gray to her first day at kindergarten and how he couldn’t believe how fast time seems to go as a parent. His emotion was felt through every line of the following song, “Remember You Young” as the venue lit up their flashlights, creating the most magical moment of the night.
He welcomed Cole Swindell back to the stage to sing his duet originally with Jon Pardi, “Beer Can’t Fix” and ultimately closed out the night with full venue sing-alongs to “Die A Happy Man”, “Unforgettable” and “T-shirt”. Fans sweaty and smiling walked to the exits having experienced one of the best shows of 2021.
Catch The Centerpoint Road Tour if it comes to a city near you, you won’t be disappointed.
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