Midland and Mitchell Tenpenny Play K-Frog's 29th Birthday Bash

January 31, 2019
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Midland and Mitchell Tenpenny were the life of the party inside Morongo Casino Resort and Spa's ballroom Thursday night (January 31st) as the K-Frog family celebrated its 29th Birthday Bash.

The reigning ACM New Vocal Group of the Year Midland displayed their vast influences, with covers from ZZ Top, John Mellencamp, the Allman Brothers, and Tom Petty, which they meshed seamlessly with their traditional country sounds. Audience members danced to the sexy "Make a Little," and found room on the sidelines for a Cowboy Cha Cha to "Tougher Than the Rest" (written by Bruce Springsteen and brought to country fans by Chris LeDoux).

Their version of Jerry Reed's "East Bound and Down" was a nod to the late Burt Reynolds, whom they'd also honored at the CMA Awards in November, and they also introduced the crowd to a couple new songs expected to be on their forthcoming sophomore album, expected out later this year. And naturally, their hits "Burn Out" and "Drinking Problem" also had the audience on their feet.

Despite illness, Mitchell Tenpenny turned in a stunning performance, his powerful vocals showcased on "Drunk Me." He explained that "I Get the Picture" was about going out with someone new and taking a picture in the hopes of making an ex jealous, while "Walk Like Him," was written in memory of his father, who he'd lost to cancer, and dedicated to anyone who'd ever lost anyone. 

He included his version of "If the Boot Fits," written two years ago with Granger Smith, who had a huge national hit with it, but also warned the audience that "Somebody's Got Me" had the "f" word in it. His current single "Alcohol You Later" was also an audience favorite, and he wrapped his set with "Bitches," during which he posed for selfies with the crowd. 

 

Setlist:

Midland:

1. Check Cashin' Country

2. . Burn Out

3. Electric Rodeo

4. Gator Boys / Jack and Diane (John Mellencamp cover) / Dust on the Bottle (David Lee Murphy cover)

5. 21st Century Honky Tonk American Band

6. Fourteen Gears

7. Out of Sight

8. Mr. Lonely

9. Tougher Than the Rest (Bruce Springsteen cover)

10. East Bound and Down (Jerry Reed cover)

11. Midnight Rider (Allman Brothers cover)

12. Altitude Adjustment

13. Make a Little

14. La Grange (ZZ Top cover)

15. Drinkin' Problem

16. Stuck in the Middle (Stealers Wheel cover)

17. Mary Jane's Last Dance (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers cover)

 

Mitchell Tenpenny:

1. Truck I Drove

2. Somebody Ain't You

3. Goner

4. Mixed Drinks

5. I Get the Picture

6. Walk Like Him

7. Somebody's Got Me

8. If the Boot Fits

9. Telling All My Secrets

10. Alcohol You Later

11. Drunk Me

12. Bitches