On the subject of working with a crowd, nobody has it simpler than Miranda Lambert.
Lambert introduced that inherent degree of consolation to the Saturday evening lineup of ATLive, an annual competition that came about this 12 months at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Throughout a roughly hour-long set, Lambert performed all of the hits, strutted like a rooster across the stage, and drank what she claimed was tequila from a glowing glass.
Equal elements outlaw and princess, it is clear how simple Lambert is to play. She introduced the home down with the raucous “Quickest Woman in City” and “Little Purple Wagon” – certainly one of her most underrated rockabilly numbers. However she was simply as comfy taking issues gradual with “The Home That Constructed Me,” a music that matches proper into her lineup, and which she sings with uninhibited emotion.
Along with his standing as a rustic music veteran, you’d assume Lambert would wrap up the evening. She appropriately ended her set with “Drunk (And I Do not Wanna Go Residence), together with her backup singer taking on the position of Elle King. However Lambert did not headline ATLive’s nation evening — this honor went to Chris Stapleton.
On stage, Stapleton is the other of Lambert. A prolific guitarist, singer and songwriter, Stapleton labored in Nashville for years earlier than rising to fame together with his model of “Tennessee Whiskey”, a music first popularized by David Allan Coe. The place Lambert performs in entrance of the group, Stapleton feels extra introspective. The place Lambert feels comfy, Stapleton feels a bit extra uneasy, his eyes mounted on his spouse Morgane (who sings for him) seemingly as a option to regular himself.
Stapleton’s uniqueness isn’t his means to piss off a crowd, however fairly his means to knock them out. Throughout his extra upbeat Southern rock songs, equivalent to “No person to Blame” or “The Satan Named Music,” he pours out soulful guitar solos, however in an area as giant as Mercedes-Benz, his tendency to specializing in all that inside power throughout rock ‘n’ roll numbers would not at all times attain the again of the home. However when he strips down, the remainder of the band empty out, and a single highlight shines on him and his guitar, one thing modifications.
Stapleton performed just a few songs like this, together with “What Are You Listening To”, his very first single, a music about longing and misplaced love. Though the expanse of an area can drown out Stapleton a bit when there’s a lot else to give attention to, he has a singular means to make everybody cease and hear when it is simply him. His true tenor voice rings like a bell, pure and uncooked, mesmerizing virtually anybody to place down their beer for a minute and hear.
As fashionable hitmakers Stapleton and Lambert closed the evening, audiences received a style of previous and new. Nation legend Dwight Yoakam introduced his signature, scrambled twang to hits like “Guitars, Cadillacs,” “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere” and “Quick as You.” Regardless of being wearing denim and backed by a bedazzled band like Elvis, Yoakam gave a reasonably easy efficiency, staying true to the music whereas battling just a few sound points.
One of the crucial particular elements of the evening, nonetheless, got here from newcomer and Atlanta native Katie Pruitt. Pruitt’s distinctive mix of Americana, soul and nation pairs fantastically together with her hovering voice, and he or she holds nothing again in her lyrics. She closed her set with “Loving Her,” a music she wrote for her girlfriend after a tough dialog she had together with her father, who struggled together with his daughter being homosexual. The music is brutally trustworthy about coping with self-loathing, but additionally unapologetically romantic. Pruitt hasn’t performed to as giant an viewers as Lambert or Stapleton, however I am positive hope she will get there in time.