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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Aldean star, but Florida Georgia Line shines at concert

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  • While the Night Train Tour may focus on country singer Jason Aldean’s latest album, “Night Train,” opening act Florida Georgia Line showed that they are more than ready to tour on their own Feb. 22 in Bloomington.
     
    The tour made a two-night stop at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum on Feb. 21 and 22. Both nights featured Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr performing in front of sold-out crowds.
     
    Farr, who released his first album, “Redneck Crazy,” last September, opened up the show with a few of his singles, as well as a cover of AWOLNATION’s song, “Sail.”
     
    It was a short set, but the crowd gave a solid reaction to him. Farr has a great voice, whether for country songs or rock covers.
     
    Considering Farr still doesn’t have a huge list of well-known songs to pull from, the length of the set was perfect for him.
     
    If he could put out another quality album this year or next year, he could easily become the opening act for a main singer soon, instead of just warming the crowd up.
     
    Florida Georgia Line, the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard who won a pair of County Music Television awards for their single, “Cruise,” knew how to work the crowd.
     
    They may only have one album released also, but they’ve had plenty of singles that the audience kept singing along and enjoying their performance, which lasted about an hour.
     
    The pair kept the show lively, but still took the time to talk to the crowd and keep people involved.
     
    Their energy was infectious, getting everyone up and moving around.
     
    They did a few more covers mixed in with their own songs but, when you only have one album to work with, that’s to be expected.
     
    Like Farr, I still think the duo are about one album away from taking the next step to headlining a show.
     
    However, if they can get six more strong singles off their second album like they did their first album, look for them to be the headlining act in no time.
     
    Aldean, a multi-CMT award winner who has performed in Bloomington in the past, came out and kept the energy flowing during his set.
     
    Page 2 of 2 - He pulled out many of his well-known songs, and even had a surprise with Kelly Clarkson taking the stage to sing “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
     
    His songs with Farr and Florida Georgia Line were also great to hear together.
     
    Aldean has a great stage presence and worked all three sides of the stage throughout the night to give some face time to all fans.
     
    The only complaint I had — one that I heard from others around me — was the lighting situation in some songs.
     
    I understand that the groups want to use the lights to spice up songs and give a visual appeal, but when it’s bright enough to blind fans during some portions of songs, it defeats the purpose of setting a mood.
     
    Overall, the trio of artists came back from a great show on Feb. 21 and put another great show on the next night.
     
    The tour is still early on in its life, and has a few more stops a few hours from here in Illinois, Missouri and Indiana, so there are still some more chances for fans to check out the groups later on this year.

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