Blake Shelton staged a surprise concert at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on Friday afternoon, rolling out an impressive hour-long set during the CMA Music Festival that touched on hits from throughout his career.
Sure, Shelton has an impressive string of hits, but mid-tempos like “Doin’ What She Likes” and “A Guy With a Girl” all seem to run together, especially in a live setting. Compared to the bounce of “Some Beach” and the brooding of “Ole Red,” loping songs like “She’s Got a Way With Words” and “Sangria” feel indistinguishable.
That aside, Shelton delivered an only-at-the-CMA-Fest experience for the lucky crowd, a chance to view a bona-fide superstar in a relatively intimate venue.
Best of all, the pop-up concert served to remind Shelton he deserves to be a respected figure in the genre.