Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour: A Review in Pictures

Tim McGraw
Two Lanes of Freedom Tour
Bethel Woods, NY
July 26, 2013
 
 

 
Country music megastar, Tim McGraw put forth a spirited performance at the Bethel Woods Center for Arts this past Friday. He combined a mixture of classic hits with a wide variety of songs off of his newest album, Two Lanes of Freedom.  McGraw was full of energy, from the start where he walked through the middle aisle down to the stage all the way through to the four song encore.  The show included high production with some amazing visuals as well as a few surprises (for example, Pitbull appeared on screen during a remix of “Felt Good On My Lips”).  Overall, it was just what you would expect from a Tim McGraw show: beautiful ballads, country anthems, sensational vocals, and a professional performance that lasted two hours without a blemish.  Check out a few of my photos and a video from my point of view in the pit at the Bethel Woods Center for Arts (the original site of Woodstock). 

 
 
 
Setlist:
  1. Where The Green Grass Grows
  2. All I Want is a Life
  3. Down on the Farm
  4. How Bad Do You Want It
  5. Everywhere
  6. Southern Girl
  7. Let It Go
  8. Just To See You Smile
  9. She’s My Kind of Rain
  10. Mexicoma
  11. Nashville Without You
  12. Friend of a Friend
  13. Highway Don’t Care
  14. Two Lanes of Freedom
  15. Real Good Man
  16. Between the River and Me
  17.  Angel Boy
  18. The Cowboy In Me
  19. Something Like That
  20. Felt Good On My Lips (featuring Pitbull on the big screen)
  21. Live Like You Were Dying
  22. One of Those Nights (Encore)
  23. Indian Outlaw (Encore)
  24. I Like It, I Love It (Encore with Brantley Gilbert)
  25. Truck Yeah (Encore)
     
 

 
 
 
Video: Two Lanes of Freedom
 
 

Jason Aldean’s Record Breaking Fenway Park Night Train Tour

Jason Aldean
FENWAY PARK
Night Train Tour
w/ Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert,
Dee Jay Silver & Thomas Rhett
Boston, Massachusetts
July 12, 2013

Country Music Megastar, Jason Aldean, brought his Night Train Tour to the historic baseball park, Fenway Park, on a cool and sunny July night.  As you drove into the Fenway Park area, and this was my first visit to the ballpark, you saw Coors Light Billboards with giant images of Jason Aldean everywhere you looked.  Even as you entered the historic, yet small baseball field you could see his name on the scoreboard located on the “Green Monster”.  These images, along with the fact that he is the first country act to headline Fenway Park, really shows how far his star power has risen in today’s music world. 

Aldean was certainly not the only talent on the bill.  Female country rocker Miranda Lambert, chart topping Jake Owen, newcomer Thomas Rhett, and breakthrough DJ, Dee Jay Silver, were all part of the historic two night event that broke the all time Fenway Park record for most tickets sold (over 70,000 tickets combined in the two nights). 

I was able to attend the meet and greet with Thomas Rhett which was held in the Red Sox batting cages and warm up facilities.  I spoke to TR about his upcoming album, which he says will be released in September.  We also spoke about rappers such as DMX and the influence that hip hop and country have had on him.

I asked Thomas about what it meant to play Fenway Park and he responded by saying “when you become a singer you want to play the Opry.  Now that I have, the next thing you do is want to play historic parks.  There is not many more that Fenway.  We usually come out to a (Dr.) Dre mix but tonight we wanted to do something special for Boston”. 

After speaking and meeting him, we were allowed to exit through the Boston Red Sox dugout which was just an added bonus for any sports fan.  Upon reaching our seats along the third base line, we saw the massive stage that would host more than five hours of country music blaring through the surrounding streets of Boston. 

Thomas Rhett was first up and he came out on stage to Sweet Caroline, some Dropkick Murphy’s, and a little Forgot About Dre.  TR was active throughout his whole set and changed up the tempo of the songs perfectly.  He serenaded the women with “It Goes Like This”, got personal with “Beer With Jesus” and hick-hopped to “Front Porch Junkies”.  His five song set was professional and had the crowd up and dancing early.  I expect to see TR headlining a tour in the very near future as he has all the makings of a star.  In fact, he headlined an after party … but we will get to that in a bit. 

Setlist:

  1. All American Middle Class White Boy
  2. It Goes Like This
  3. Beer with Jesus
  4. Front Porch Junkies
  5. Something to do with My Hands

Next up was an injured Jake Owen.  He had surgery just a few days before the show due to a go-cart accident gone wrong.  However, despite being in a camouflage cast and unable to play a guitar, he may have put forth the most energetic set of the night.  He appeared on an illuminated stage and blasted through hit after hit starting with his two most recent #1 hits (in a string of four straight #1’s) “Anywhere With You” and “The One That Got Away”. 

He threw in his new single, “Days of Gold”, which is full of energy and thrills.  However, the real thrill of his set was “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” in which he mixed in the rap theme from the tv sitcom ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’.  It did not make much sense mixing up the two songs, but it worked well and pretty much everyone knows the lyrics so it made for a fun and comical moment.  His short but spirited set was impressive and he was sure to tell the crowd there was no way he was missing playing the Fenway Park despite his injuries. 

Setlist:

  1. Anywhere With You
  2. The One That Got Away
  3. Yee Haw
  4. Alone With You
  5. Barefoot Blue Jean Night (Fresh Prince of Bel Air Remix)
  6. Sweet Caroline (sing-a-long)
  7. Days of Gold
  8. 8 Second Ride

Up next was Miranda Lambert, who mixed in her country rock with classic country approach that has had her on the top of the charts the past few years.  Pretty much all of her accessories, from the microphone to her multitude of guitars were colored pink.  Her performance was a mixed bag as she seemed to rock out on some songs, such as “Kerosene”, “Gunpowder & Lead”, and “Mama’s Broken Heart” but the acoustics were too loud and you could not really hear her sing.  Also, some of her songs such as “Over You” and “House That Built Me” were not performed with as much emotion as I had seen her before.  Nevertheless, it was a solid set and even included a cameo from Patty Loveless, surprisingly the only special guest of the entire night, on “Dear Diamonds”.  I unfortunately did not get her entire setlist as the beer lines were extremely long and I missed some of her set. 

Dee Jay Silver, country music’s first DJ with a record deal, was the next act to take the stage.  He dominated mash-ups and had the entire stadium on its feet dancing and going crazy.  He mixed in classic country songs, modern day country hits, along with house and hip-hop beats that made each song a full on dance party.  As an added bonus, the entire ballpark was lit up and you could see the historic field in all its glory while Silver’s skills shined just as bright as Fenway did. 

He even played the entire “Sweet Caroline”, instead of just a snippet, that became an all out sing-a-long.  Check out the video of the well conceived and masterfully executed idea by Dee Jay Silver:

Dee Jay Silver had the crowd in his palm of his hand as everyone was amped up for Jason Aldean to take the stage.  And when he appeared on stage with the help of high production and a plethora of fireworks as he ripped into a very fitting “Crazy Town”.  Aldean was full of energy and absolutely understood the historic moment.  And his setlist carried suit as he performed hit after hit all night long.

It was surprising that no special guest appeared during Aldean’s set, but the crowd did not seem to mind.  And Aldean’s vocals soared in the night sky during ballads such as “The Truth” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay” which included a holographic image of Kelly Clarkson which fooled most concert goers. 

The crowd hung on every word and sang a long word for word the entire hour plus set.  “The Only Way I Know” and “Dirt Road Anthem” were the absolute highlights of the night as the crowd thundered the words back and waved their arms in unison.  It certainly was a sight to behold as a sea of hands waved and was backed by tens of thousands of vocal chords working in unison. 

The encore included two of his most lively songs, “My Kinda Party” and “Hicktown” were pumped into high gear.  A fury of fireworks set an end to an epic night of country music in one of the World’s most history venues. 

Setlist:

  1. Crazy Town
  2. Take A Little Ride
  3. Tattoos On This Town
  4. When She Says Baby
  5. The Truth
  6. Fly Over States
  7. Texas Was You
  8. Johnny Cash
  9. Amarillo Sky
  10. Night Train
  11. 1994
  12. Don’t You Wanna Stay
  13. Big Green Tractor
  14. Only Way I Know
  15. Dirt Road Anthem
  16. She’s Country
  17. My Kinda Party (Encore)
  18. Hicktown (Encore)

After the show the crowds flooded into the streets and many concert goers tried to get into the House of Blues where Dee Jay Silver and Thomas Rhett were set to perform.  Silver showcased his immense skills as the crowd danced along.  Thomas Rhett performed a few of his hits along with some covers such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s “Suite and Tie” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places. 

However, the real highlights were yet to come.  First, Kip Moore came out and performed an acoustic version of his #1 hit “Beer Money” and then he and TR sang happy birthday to someone in the crowd.  Although I had to leave, I heard that Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and even Patty Loveless came out later in the night to help TR and Silver out with their Afterparty.  Overall, it was an amazing night full of performances, moments, and sights that I will never forget.  Now, let’s hope more country stars throw the kind of party that helped Jason Aldean enter the history books.