By Pepper

You don’t get to be the reigning American Idol by being mediocre, and Trent Harmon was anything but Friday night (August 11th) at the Brandin’ Iron in San Bernardino.

Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline served as the well-received opening act; her mostly up-tempo set was tempered by her stripped down version of “Sad Girls,” a nice contrast with the peppy “Bleachers,” the video for which is playing on CMT. She closed with “God Bless This Mess,” a reflective song about self-acceptance.

With some audience members driving in from out of state for the show, Trent’s set included not only his debut single, “There’s a Girl” (which had the audience singing along), but also covers that included a well-worked mashup of Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels” with the Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” AI judge Keith Urban’s “Somebody Like You” (which had the crowd two-stepping), and another nod to his AI days with Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.”¬†Keyboardist Adam Saxe helped him out on his version of Gavin DeGraw’s “I Don’t Wanna Be.”

Couples partnered up again for the romantic “Cause I Do,” which showed off the higher ranges of Trent’s vocals, as did his closing number, “Her,” which was also aided by shredding guitar solos, leaving the crowd longing for more from this promising talent.

Afterward, Trent stuck around at the merch table, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, even staying late into the night to play a round of pool with his band.


Trent Harmon:

  1. Feels Like Mine
  2. How Country Feels (Randy Houser cover) / Closer (Chainsmokers cover) mashup
  3. Mixtape
  4. Tennessee Whiskey (Chris Stapleton cover)
  5. Paper
  6. Somebody Like You (Keith Urban cover)
  7. Cause I Do
  8. First Five Minutes
  9. I Don’t Wanna Be (Gavin DeGraw cover)
  10. Cage
  11. There’s a Girl
  12. Hold On
  13. Her
img 1926 e1502537068558 Trent Harmon Plays the Brandin Iron in San Bernardino [Setlist]

(Photo by: Pepper)

Jillian Jacqueline:

  1.  Holier Than Thou
  2. Run
  3. Reasons
  4. Hate Me
  5. Sad Girls
  6. If I See You Around
  7. Bleachers
  8. God Bless This Mess
  1. Trent Harmon is amazing!

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