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Brody Vercher | May 25th, 2010

  1. Michael
    May 25, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I had the television on in the background while I worked on other things on Sundy night. I believe this is the complete set list, but feel free to add anything I forgot:

    Keith Urban- Brand New Man
    Miranda Lambert – Hillbilly Deluxe
    Faith Hill- The Long Goodbye
    Rascal Flatts- It’s Getting Better All The Time
    George Strait- Boot Scootin’ Boogie
    Kenny Chesney- Your Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
    Lady Antebellum- If You See Him, If You See Her
    Carrie Underwood – Neon Moon
    Jason Aldean – How Long Gone
    Jennifer Hudson – Believe
    Darius Rucker- Hard Working Man
    Sugarland- Red Dirt Road
    Reba McEntire Indian Summer
    Tim McGraw – That Ain’t No Way To Go
    Brad Paisley – My Next Broken Heart
    Taylor Swift- Ain’t Nothing About You
    Finale – Play Something Country

    I think the highlights were probably when B&D joined Chesney and Lady Antebellum (with Reba), as well as strong performances by Urban, Hill, Strait (surprisingly (to me, anyway) great on their signature hit), Underwood (playing it a little too safe in my opinion), Hudson (especially great), Sugarland (although their “unique” take on other artists’ hits is wearing a little thin), and McEntire.

    Swift, Rucker, Aldean and Rascal Flatts? Not so much. Not surprising really.

  2. PaulaW
    May 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I thought the first half of the show far surpassed the second half.

    The highlights for me were George Strait and Lady A. KC was very good too.

    Not a Keith Urban fan at all, but liked his performance. Cant stand Taylor Swift so I was shocked (mouth open, chin on floor) that I actually almost liked her performance (I cant believe I just said that out loud).

    RF took my all-time favorite B&D song and totally butchered it (not that I expected any different).

    The absolute worst performance of the night – and the worst thing I’ve heard in a long long time – was Jennifer Hudson. Awful. Just awful.

  3. Leeann Ward
    May 25, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I thought Reba’s was one of the most disappointing (since I wasn’t exactly expecting greatness from RF or TS) of the night, not to mention the inferiority of the song she chose. It was beneath her capability, but I didn’t feel she even made the best of it.

    The Chris Young EP shows that he’s a gem with the right material.

  4. observer
    May 25, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I watched all of the Brooks & Dunn tribute on Sunday. Sugarland (Jennifer Nettles, really) – “Red Dirt Road” was my favorite performance. Jennifer Nettles delivered the most gut-wrenching, moving performance of the show. And she is consistently one of the best live performers in Country Music.

  5. Richard
    May 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I enjoyed the Urban and Chesney performances quite a bit, but probably because those are two of my favorite B & D songs anyway.

    Sugarland would have been better doing “Red Dirt Road” straight up. They’re talented no doubt, but I don’t think their arrangement fit the song. It reeked a little too much of, “Hey look how different we can do it!”

    I didn’t see the second half of the show…will have to catch it on DVR.

  6. observer
    May 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I thought Reba’s performance was very good and one of the best of the show. There were so many that were so much worse, I find it sad, really sad, that anyone would single-out Reba’s performance as “one of the most disappointing”. Besides, the question put to posters is “what was your favorite performance?”

  7. TexasVet
    May 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm
  8. Leeann Ward
    May 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Lets just say that I wasn’t answering the question then. I was making a comment regarding the topic of the show in general.

    To answer the question though, my vote goes to Miranda Lambert.

    Not to dump on Reba again, but I also thought she was way too close to the mike on the last number. She kind of stuck out by repeatedly yelling “Play something country”. Again, a poor choice for the finale.

  9. TexasVet
    May 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Miranda Lambert – Hillbilly Deluxe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzKB15T5ps0

  10. Leeann Ward
    May 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I did not say, by the way, that hers was the worst. In fact, I was deliberate in not saying that. There’s a difference between “most disappointing” and “worst.”

  11. PaulaW
    May 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I thought Reba did a good job. As many times as I’ve tried to listen to that song I just never could. I was actually able to listen to Reba sing it, and to understand the words and the song. When I would hear B&D sing it on the radio I tried and tried to listen and like it because “everyone loved it”, but I just couldnt. So, though I think there are other songs Reba could have done that would have been truly wonderful, I have to say in terms of how I felt about the song before, and how I liked her performance of it, she definitely did a great job on it.

    By the time the finale came along I wasnt really paying any attention.

  12. observer
    May 25, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the Youtube link to Carrie Underwood’s cover of Neon Moon. For me, this was not her most appealing performance. But she is spectacular and I do love her.

  13. highwayman3
    May 25, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I felt that the auto tuner was in full swing on a couple performances, taylor, lady a, kenny. I’m just used to them sounding off during live performances, maybe Im wrong and it was i just couldnt compare to a live recording.

    I feel the same way about the Elizabeth Cook album, the best of the year so far I suppose.

    Do you like the new Darrell Scott album Leeann?

  14. sguy
    May 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    The two shows scheduled for Pennsylvania on the Eagles, Dixie Chicks, and Keith Urban tour have been canceled. No reason was cited for the cancellation, but an earlier show in Washington D.C. was also canceled without explanation.

    Reports circulating say the cancellations are due to illness of bass player Timothy Schmidt!

  15. observer
    May 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks also for the Youtube link to Miranda Lambert’s cover of “Hillbilly Deluxe”. This one is a lot of fun, and I can’t help but smile when watching it. Ms. Lambert is another one of the best performers in Country Music.

  16. observer
    May 25, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    AutoTune: I second your suspicions about it’s use during the Brooks & Dunn tribute on Sunday. Although I think that many of the performers can do just fine without it, there are two in particular who consistently hit sharps and flats. And you named them: Taylor Swift and Hillary Scott. (I haven’t watched Kenny Chesney’s live performances closely enough to know about him.) I’ve noticed that with Ms. Scott she can be a bit off in the first few verses, then settles in. I suspect nerves. Ms. Swift, on the other hand, is usually more off than on key. So much so that it can be either sad or comical, depending on the situation. Surprisingly, Ms. Swift sounded on key Sunday (but I still didn’t like her performance). So I immediately thought “AutoTune”.

  17. Rick
    May 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs, Brad Paisley & Vince Gill (along with the usual “legends”). I would like to hear those four gents all pickin their guitars together in a jam session!
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I neither watched nor recorded the B&D special. Looking at Michael’s list of performers comforts me that I didn’t miss anything. Of all those artists mentioned the only one I own an album by is Keith Urban, and that is when he was just the lead singer/guitarist for “The Ranch”. Big name mainstream country has never been my bag…

  18. Zach
    May 25, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I didn’t care much for Reba, Jason Aldean or Rascal Flatts during the B&D special.

    Taylor Swift sounded better, but I was a bit turned off by her wobbly guitar toss that pegged the backstage catcher in the face. She also made a fool of herself during the finale.

    I thought Sugarland’s version of “Red Dirt Road” was pretty remarkable. Sure, it may have been a bit pretentious, but when you can sing like Jennifer Nettles, I say do whatever you want with this song. Plus, the biggest praise during the George Strait special was when Jamie Foxx rearranged “You Look So Good in Love”. Can’t hate on Nettles and Bush for doing the same this time.

    Watching Gary “TheVoice” Vernon salivate his lips before his final line during RF’s performance added insult to injury.

  19. Leeann Ward
    May 25, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    In an effort to be wise with my money, I’m waiting to purchase the Darrell Scott album until my emusic downloads refresh. I pay $80 a month for 200 downloads, so I try to make sure to buy what I can from there these days. I was a tiny bit disappointed that it’s there, since now I don’t have an excuse to just buy it from Amazon today.

  20. J.R. Journey
    May 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Sugarland’s performance was my favorite. Loved the arrangement they put on the song, and how they turned it into a male-female duet towards the last verse.

    Reba was really good with ‘Indian Summer’, but I wish she had chosen an older song like ‘Lost and Found’ or ‘She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind’. Tim McGraw and Keith Urban both surprised me with the quality of their vocals, and even Taylor Swift didn’t hit many sour notes. And Lady Antebellum performing ‘If You See Him, If You See Her’ was much better than I expected. They didn’t even need Reba and Ronnie Dunn to lift the song up at the end.

    Have to agree with Leeann about Reba being too loud on the finale, and I wish they’d chosen a better song for a finale. ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ would have been better to close with.

  21. Nicolas
    May 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I loved Carrie Underwood’s performance, but everything was just all right… I didn’t like Reba’s song choice – she could’ve been a lot better – and I missed Miranda Lambert’s performance =/

  22. Stephanie Rehder
    May 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I didn’t get to see everyone perform but of those I saw Miranda was by far the most entertaining. I have to say that B&D looked like they enjoyed her performance a lot as well.

  23. Leeann Ward
    May 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    I initially missed Keith Urban’s performance, but just watched it on Youtube. His and Miranda’s are my favorites of the show. I suspect “Brand New Man” is pretty autobiographical for Urban. It’s my favorite B&D song at any rate.

  24. Jon
    May 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    The Mac celebration was a blast.

  25. Vicki
    May 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I think I enjoyed the B&D special more for the songs themselves. You take a really great written song and put good singers singing it and it’s a fine night of entertainment. I loved all the performances just to hear those songs again.

  26. Vicki
    May 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I think we are missing the point of the B&D special which was to honor two people and their songs. Some artists didn’t choose a song because it was hard or two easy to sing, it was just their favorite. But I found this review which stated the B&D special was watched by 11 million and that was great considering the Lost Final was up against it near the end. Also:
    (On the other side of the coin, anyone care to comment on Sugarland’s bizarre rendition of “Red Dirt Road?” They were the only artists to take a song and change it up to the point where it was completely unrecognizable. Jennifer Nettles seated behind a piano during what should have been an upbeat performance … highly awkward. Wrong tempo, wrong song for them and lousy time to try and put the spotlight on her vocal ability. The night simply wasn’t about them, and if they hope to be the subject of a tribute show in the future hopefully that’s the last time they’ll pull such a stunt.) Do you agree with this reviewer?

  27. Steve Harvey
    May 25, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I thought Sugarland were excellent. Nice to see them actually perform as a duo, also.

  28. Jessica
    May 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for the plug guys on the article. We ended up missing the B&D highlights as we went to see Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, and Chris Young in concert on the last stop of the Freight Train Tour. Thanks ya’ll for letting me know how the B&D special went. Hope they replay it soon!

  29. Kyle
    May 26, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Faith Hill – The Long Goodbye

  30. Erik
    May 26, 2010 at 6:50 am

    My favorite was Faith Hill with “The Long Goodbye”, but Reba came really close with “Indian Summer”.

  31. Vicki
    May 26, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Carrie as she sang it almost perfect to the original “Neon Moon”. Strong performance.

  32. observer
    May 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I could not disagree more with Stephanie Sigafoos’ comments regarding Sugarland’s performance. First of all, her characterization of it as “bizarre” and “a stunt” is just asinine. She says it “should have been an upbeat performance” but in fact there were plenty of “upbeat” performances by others and I enjoy some variety. Especially when it comes to a song like “Red Dirt Road”, that we’ve all heard a million times on the radio. The song has a story and a moral message which made it the perfect choice to slow down emphasize the lyrics. There was absolutely nothing “highly awkward” about “Jennifer Nettles seated behind a piano”. It was not the “Wrong tempo”. It was not the “wrong song for them”. It was not a “lousy time to try and put the spotlight on her vocal ability”. Anytime a performer with Jennifer Nettles’ rare vocal ability takes the stage is exactly the right time to spotlight it. And while it’s true that “The night simply wasn’t about them…”, in fact, it was about all of the artists doing their own interptation of a particular Brooks & Dunn song. If it were only about Brooks & Dunn, and other artists doing Brooks & Dunn songs just as Brooks & Dunn had done them in the past, then we would just have had a poor substitute for a Brooks & Dunn concert.

  33. Mike Wimmer
    May 26, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    The Chris Young EP is quite good, his take on Chiseled In Stone in particular is quite good.

    I’m quickly becoming more and more of a fan of his.

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