By Pepper

Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch expertly set the stage for Luke Bryan’s “Kill the Lights Tour” Saturday (September 24th) night at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre.

With strobe lights flashing, Dustin Lynch’s opening song “Hell of a Night” was the perfect tease for the show Southern California would be treated to, at one of the final country shows at the outdoor Orange County venue. Dustin reminded the crowd that he’d performed with Luke previously at Irvine Meadows, for two shows last year, describing Luke as “the coolest boss ever.”

A special treat was the inclusion of a brand new song from his next album, as well as the sweet “Cowboys and Angels,” famously written in honor of his grandparents. “I had no idea when I wrote this song that it would change our lives forever,” Dustin confessed.

Little Big Town was sandwiched between Dustin and Luke’s performances, and at one point, Karen Fairchild declared, “This is the ‘Shake Your Hips’ show!”, referencing Luke’s notorious dance moves. During their set, she reminisced about the early days of the band, recalling, “Many, many years ago, we rode up and down your Pacific Coast Highway, in a very, very small van, stopping at every radio station along the way, asking them to play our music. And thank God they did!”

Although Karen Fairchild is arguably coming forth as the band’s lead singer, there were plenty of opportunities for the other members to showcase their vocals, such as “Save Your Sin” for Kimberly Schlapman, and “Stay All Night” for Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet. In addition, their covers of songs from Fleetwood Mac (an obvious influence) and Alicia Keys demonstrated the band’s versatility.

Even so, audience reaction to the opening notes of songs like “Pontoon,” “Day Drinking,” and especially “Girl Crush,” proves that this is a band that can solidly stand behind their own music, live performance, and harmonies.

And fortunately, that wasn’t the last the audience saw of either LBT or Dustin Lynch that night!



Dustin Lynch:

  1. Hell of a Night
  2. Mind Reader
  3. Halo
  4. Small Town Boy Like Me
  5. Cowboys and Angels
  6. Where It’s At
  7. Seein’ Red

Little Big Town

  1. Turn the Lights On
  2. Little White Church
  3. Pontoon
  4. Front Porch Thing
  5. Day Drinking
  6. Pavement Ends
  7. I’m With the Band
  8. Fallin’ (Alicia Keys cover)
  9. Stay All Night
  10. Save Your Sin
  11. The Chain (Fleetwood Mac cover)
  12. Girl Crush
  13. Boondocks

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