FROM THE TENNESSEAN:
8:10 p.m.: Gary Allan sets the mood for his set with thunder booming through the speakers and kicks off with his No. 1 song “Watching Airplanes” and gets the audience singing along.
“They got you guys all piled up in here,” Allan tells the crowd as someone shouts their adoration. “I love you, too, whoever said that. You all think positive thoughts about the rain. Just remember, every storm does run out of rain,” he says by way of setting his newest No. 1 song, “Every Storm.”
Popular songwriter Hillary Lindsey, who co-wrote “Every Storm” is on stage to sing it with Allan. Lindsey was also a guest of Dierks Bentley’s on Saturday night to sing Bentley’s current single, “Bourbon in Kentucky,” which she also co-wrote.
He follows up with “It Ain’t the Whiskey,” an album cut from his latest release, “Set You Free,” and his new single, “Pieces.”
Allan stalks from one side of the stage to the other dragging the microphone stand along behind him. Allan, typically an intense performer, interacts with the audience more than many of the artists on stage and smiles at the fans as he finishes the song.
“Nashville, thank you all so much,” he says as he walks off the stage.