Downtown St. Paul got a healthy jolt of 16.000 country fans on Friday as fans descended on the Xcel Energy Center to see Christ Stapleton. But the crowd was a bit more diverse thanks to Stapleton’s reputation as a serious musician taking country music beyond the easy listening country bro fare. Chris Stapleton is calling this tour an All-American Road Show and his choice of openers reflects that he’s not one to dwell on the past.
It started with Morgan Wade, a recent addition to the country scene. Her sound is classic country complete with twang but there’s no denying that Wade is a country artist of the 21st century complete with tattoos and as likely to sport Doc Martens as Cowboy Boots.
I may not be a country music fan, but I enjoyed every single minute of Friday night’s concert.
Setlist Nobody to Blame / Parachute / Second One to Know / Starting Over / Millionaire / Hard Livin / Worry B Gone / What Are You Listening To? / Traveler / Whiskey and You / Arkansas / You Should Probably Leave / Midnight Train to Memphis / Might As Well Be Stoned / Cold / The Devil Named Music / I Was Wrong / Joy of My Life / Fire Away / Broken Halos / Tennessee / Whiskey
Encore Outlaw State of Mind