CMA Music Fest Recap: Adkins, Judds, Womack, McBride + More
Fireworks bookended night-three of CMA Music Fest, in a star-studded show that included a little bit of pop, a lot of traditional country and one very special reunion.
Josh Turner opened the show, getting the tens of thousands of fans on their feet with his infectious hit, 'Firecracker.' The handsome baritone, who will welcome his second child any day now, then continued with his hits 'Your Man,' 'Everything Is Fine,' 'Long Black Train' and 'Would You Go With Me.'
Fellow country traditionalist Jamey Johnson followed, proving he's not just a critic favorite, as the fans' screams were deafening when he took the stage. He played his own hits 'High Cost of Living,' 'That Lonesome Song' and 'In Color,' as well as the George Jones classic, 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes.'
Jason Michael Carroll was up next, playing a two-song acoustic set. The North Carolina native, who's been seen around Music Fest with his wife and adorable youngest son in tow, played his latest hit 'Where I'm From' and a hit from his debut album, 'Livin' Our Love Song.'
Lee Ann Womack looked lovely in blue, as the infallible performer delivered an impressive set of hits new and old, including 'Last Call,' 'I May Hate Myself in the Morning' and 'Solitary Thinkin'.' Backstage, the country traditionalist expressed hope to someday record a duet with pal and fellow traditionalist Jamey Johnson. "When he came along, I was like, 'Thank you, God,'" Lee Ann said of Jamey. "Sometimes I felt like I was floating out there on my own."
Wynonna took the stage on her own, delivering a solo set that included her big hit 'No One Else on Earth' plus covers of Foreigner's 'I Want to Know What Love Is' and Merle Haggard's 'Are the Good Times Really Over.' She capped off a solo set with 'I Can Only Imagine,' before welcoming mom Naomi to the stage for a rare reunion of The Judds.
"It's bring your mom to work day," joked Wynonna, before the duo tried to squeeze their 25-year career into a 15-minute set. A sea of flashbulbs lit up the steamy Nashville sky as the mother-daughter team dazzled with their classic hits 'Girls Night Out,' 'Mama He's Crazy,' 'Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days), 'Why Not Me,' and 'Love Can Build a Bridge.'
Trace Adkins knew he had a tough act to follow, but the country superstar delivered, as frenzied fans sang -- make that yelled -- along to his radio smashes 'Honky Tonk Badonkadonk' and 'Ladies Love Country Boys.' The towering baritone ended his set with Stevie Wonder's 'Higher Ground.'
Dressed in head-to-toe black, Martina McBride closed the show, also covering an R& B classic -- Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me.' The angelic-voiced beauty also gave a pitch-perfect performance of her hits 'Ride,' 'I Just Call You Mine,' 'This One's For the Girls,' 'Independence Day' and 'A Broken Wing,' after which she was moved to tears by the audience's hearty applause. As Martina exited the stage, fireworks lit the downtown Nashville sky -- a fitting ending to an explosive night of great country music.