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article imageReview: Brett Eldredge gives New York his all at Highline Ballroom show Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 8, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - On August 6, country singer and songwriter Brett Eldredge played at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, for an intimate group of fans, to support the release of his latest studio album “Bring You Back.”
Country songstress Rachel Allyn served as his opening act.
Dressed in a gray buttoned-down shirt and khaki pants, Brett opened his set with the up-tempo “Tell Me Where To Park” and it was followed by the catchy “Signs,” where he paid tribute to his hometown of Paris, Illinois.
“Let me hear ya’ll,” Brett said. “Thank you guys so much for this special day,” he added and went on to sing “Gotta Get There,” which had a neat groove to it.
“I’ve never had an album in my life. Thank you for making this such a special day,” Brett said prior to singing “Mean to Me.”
He continued with “On and On,” as well as a cover of The Wallflowers’ “One Headlight” and the title cut “Bring You Back.”
“Ya’ll ready to sing with me?” Brett asked the New York audience, thus encouraging them to sing along with him.
Brett’s rendition of George Strait’s “Check Yes or No” would have certainly put a smile on “King George’s” face had he heard it, since his vocals were almost identical to the veteran country star; moreover, his version of Ronnie Milsap’s “Smoky Mountain Rain” was a breath of fresh air and equally dynamic were his covers of such songs as “Georgia On My Mind” and The Rolling Stones’ “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll.”
“Yeah,” Brett shouted. “I love this. I think it’s great.”
With his band member Will backing him up on keyboards, Brett belted out his piano-driven ballad “One Mississippi,” which he ended a-cappella and he sung it with minimal melisma. The singer-songwriter further noted that this is one of his personal favorite tracks on the album.
Ever gracious, Brett thanked his family for being in the audience tonight, as well as his hard-working family at his record label, Atlantic Nashville, for all that they do to make this possible for him.
He also sang “I Think I’ve Had Enough,” a tune that he co-wrote for country star Gary Allan
solo and acoustic; furthermore, his show included a brief a-capella rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” which he dedicated to a fan.
As the stage was decorated in green and red lights, Brett shared that country music is full of heartbreak songs, one of which may be found on his latest album entitled “Waited Too Long” and immediately broke into that song.
Brett noted that his breakthrough single “Raymond” was inspired by his grandmother and delivered a tender rendition of the moving ballad, and he subsequently changed the pace with the upbeat “Beat of the Music.”
He inspired his fans to hold their drinks up in the air as he sang “Thirsty” and ended his set with his latest radio single “Don’t Ya,” where everybody was singing along to him.
“Thank you Highline Ballroom and thank you Nash FM. We love country music in New York City,” he concluded.
The Verdict
Overall, Brett Eldredge put on a really fun country concert in New York City and it was living proof that he can sound amazing live as he did on his latest studio album. He is one of the best live performers in country that I have seen this year since Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton, and he deserves to follow in their footsteps and enjoy the same level of success.
With the exception of “Go On Without Me,” Brett performed every song on his debut album, but hopefully, he will do this tune at a future show of his, since it is one of the best on his flawless new album. His live show garners an A rating.
For more information on Brett Eldredge, visit his official website.
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