Thousands of country music fans battled the Nashville sun and 90-degree heat for the official start to this year's
"Good to see everybody up so early," he told the jam-packed crowd at Riverfront Park. "I was just hoping someone else was gonna do it with me."
Throughout Allan's entire 45-minute set and even after, throngs of concertgoers continued to pile in the grassy area in hopes of staking claim on an undiscovered patch of green.
Despite a few quips at the start of his set, the seasoned performer ran through a string of his greatest hits including "Right Where I Need to Be," "A Feelin' Like That," "Nothing On but the Radio" "Man to Man," "She's So California," "Smoke Rings in the Dark," "Songs About Rain," "Best I Ever Had" and "Watching Airplanes." He also performed music from his most recent album, Get Off on the Pain, including the album's title track and "Kiss Me When I'm Down."
Other artists scheduled to perform throughout Thursday afternoon include
Sightseers venturing nearby Nashville's Bridgestone Arena may also spot a few familiar faces playing Lay's Stage. Morning and afternoon performances include something for country fans of all ages. Newcomers like Blackberry Smoke and
For those interested in autographs (and air conditioning), the Nashville Convention Center will house plenty of booths for signatures and personal meet-and-greets throughout the four-day festival including artists like
Nightly concerts held at LP Field, also home to the Tennessee Titans, remain the largest of the festival's concerts. Thursdays lineup includes
Friday night's concert at LP Field features