Featuring Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, & Eden’s Edge
June 15, 2012 – Hartford, CT
The Rascal Flatts brought their “all band show” to Hartford, Connecticut as they kicked off their summer leg of the 2012 “Changed Tour”. This tour is highlighted as one of the first country music concerts which exclusively had bands as the acts. Accompanying the mega star Rascal Flatts were veterans Little Big Town, and up and comers Eli Young Band and Eden’s Edge. Each of the bands have a unique sound, however, it was clear that no one would outshine the headliners.
Eden’s Edge kick started the show with a short set. The trio consists of two females and one male. Their biggest song to date, “Amen”, seemed to resonate with the crowd as it became a nice sing-a-long for the band. Eli Young Band was up next with a spirited set highlighted by the songs “Crazy Girl” and “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”. The band is less commercial than a lot of today’s country despite their recent radio success. Their sound borders on country, Americana, and rock creating a very unique and likeable sound. Little Big Town was the third opener and their forty five minute set was full of harmony and class.
The summer anthem “Pontoon”, LBT’s newest single had the entire amphitheater dancing. The band even covered a hillbilly rendition of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way”. This group, which has been around country music is 1998, has a great blend of harmonies between the two males and two females. However, there were only a few sing-a-long songs for the sold out crowd. Their music is solid, but they are still looking for that huge #1 hit. “Pontoon” has the potential to take them to the top. They finished their set with, arguably, their biggest song to date, “Boondocks”.
The cubes in the background, as you can see in the photos, really added to the production of the show. The cubes were constantly moving and changing colors throughout. Gary LeVox moved around the stage pretty much non-stop and belted out notes that only he can hit. Especially on songs such as “What Hurts The Most” and “Untouchable”, the notes LeVox was able to hit, no doubt, gave the sold out crowd goosebumps.
At one point, Jay DeMarcus stated the Band was going to take requests from the crowd and he seemed to pretend to ask fans to give them requests. This seemed a bit fabricated because the songs they then performed turned out to be some of their biggest hits. Nonetheless, it was great to hear “Praying For Daylight”, “Mayberry”, and “Sarabeth”.
During “Life Is A Highway”, the screen became a Nascar track with Disney’s “Cars” racing behind them. LeVox seemed to greatly enjoy that song and the production behind him as he seemed to be at his most active on stage, which is saying a lot.
The set included a great mix of ballads and party tunes. During the ballads, LeVox’s vocals thundered in the night as the stage illuminated with stars and blue lights. During the high energy songs, such as “Me & My Gang”, Rooney and DeMarcus came to the forefront with their instrument playing and joined LeVox as the stars of the show. The three men really feed off of each other and there is no jealousy displayed from any of the members.
The show concluded with a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An All American Band” as the Flatts welcomed Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, and Eden’s Edge to the stage.
It really was a great sight to see all four bands on stage at the same time and trading vocals back and forth. The harmony that proceeded with each of the bands was stunning. I would love to hear the four of them record this song and release it as a single.
Overall the show was excellent and I am always a bit taken aback at how big of a following the Rascal Flatts have. The streets were flooded with cars and traffic and the arena was filled with fans of young and old. The All-American Bands really shined bright on the opening night in Hartford, Connecticut.
- Bob That Head
- Fast Cars and Freedom
- Play A Country Song
- Each Day
- Here Comes Tonight
- Hot In Here
- Praying For Daylight
- All About the Sunset
- Why Wait
- Broken Heart
- Life Is a Highway
- Feels Like Today
- Every Day
- Summer Nights
- Me & My Gang
- Come Wake Me Up
- What Hurts the Most
- All American Band (Grand Funk Railroad Cover performed with Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, and Eden’s Edge)