Carly Pearce brings her magic to the stage at the CMA Theater in Nashville

Carly Pearce performs at the CMA Theater in Nashville. Photo: Alexa Campbell

Carly Pearce graced the CMA Theater stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday night (December 2) and reminded Nashville why she is the CMA Awards’ New Female Vocalist of the Year.

Pearce wraps up her first headlining tour tonight (December 3) at the Castle Theater in Bloomington, Illinois. She chose smaller theaters in more metropolitan markets like Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. to shoot her esteemed 2021 album, 29: Written in Stone. In a press release, the 31-year-old said that after spending the past few summers on big tours, wondering if her songs really connected to such big crowds, she decided to focus on venues. intimate for this tour. “Hearing those voices coming back to me and dealing with their own pain, that’s when you realize those songs matter,” she said.

But Pearce is preparing to go very far in 2022, when she joins Kenny Chesney on his “Here And Now Stadium Tour”.

Sony Music Nashville Andrew Jannakos joined Pearce on select dates on the tour, including at the CMA Theater. He provided a sweet and understated opening set for Pearce, impressing the audience with his romantic “Wine Country” and signature “Gone Too Soon,” along with several other well-written new songs.

Carly Pearce performs at the CMA Theater in Nashville. Photo: Alexa Campbell

When it came time for Pearce’s soul-baring set, she held nothing back, guiding the captivated audience track by track through 29: Written in stone. She played the album in order and noted how meticulous she was with her sequence.

Kicking things off on a sassy note, Pearce performed the charming “Diamondback.” Throughout the show, Pearce showed her growth after the painful divorce that inspired her album. Sometimes, like when she sings about her worth in “Diamondback” or scolds her ex in “Liability,” she winks at the crowd, knowing her fans have been there, have done it. On other songs like “Day One” and “Messy,” she seems to evoke a role as an advisor to her fans, helping them through whatever valley they may find themselves in. Performance by performance, Pearce shows why she is one of the most exciting. , charming and talented artists in the format.

The intimate crowd latched onto every word Pearce said and sang. They knew the harmonies, background vocals, and even added their own commentary, which Pearce responded to throughout the night. They were thrilled to hear “Next Girl” and showed the same love for “Messy” and “Should’ve Known Better.”

During her current single, “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”, Pearce played both the female and the other female roles, a role usually sung by Ashley McBryde. “Pretend I have curly black hair and a big eagle tattoo,” Pearce joked.

Pearce’s local country voice shone on “Dear Miss Loretta.” The Kentucky native said that Loretta Lynn“Blue Kentucky Girl” was the first song she learned on the guitar, and although she had listened to Lynn all her life, “certain events of [her] life has done [Pearce] understand his writing a little better.

Elsewhere in the setlist, Pearce performed perhaps the most emotional song on the record: “Show Me Around”, a song inspired by the tragic death of its former producer, Busbee. Pearce revealed that the title of the song came from a speech given by the songwriter Barry Dean at Busbee’s funeral. Dean said he thought Busbee was looking at Heaven the way he would look at Disneyland, looking for things to show his wife and daughters. During breaks in Pearce’s performance, it was so quiet you could hear sniffling coming from the seats.

At one point, Pearce thanked the president of his label Scott Borchetta, who beamed at her from his seat, for letting her make the transparent and vulnerable album she wanted to make.

Pearce’s show wasn’t the only event at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Thursday night. The opening to Bill AndersonThe new Hall of Fame display took place earlier in the evening. Pearce even stopped by to celebrate Anderson before her show, lending her vocals to her iconic “Whiskey Lullaby.” When Anderson stood up to make his remarks, he commented on Peace’s performance saying “you don’t have to worry about the future of country music when there are people like her.”

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