Best Rain-Soaked Crowd in Country Music
"Weather won't stop County Music 2nite!" was the dispatch from the CMA's official Twitter Saturday evening. But the gates opened and thousands of festivalgoers were herded into the concourses of LP Field to take cover while an ominous lightning storm passed over downtown Nashville. Though severe weather did indeed not stop country music, it did set the show back nearly two hours. And then it rained throughout sets from Sara Evans and Little Big Town. While Evans singing "I'm acting as if this blue sky's never gonna rain down on me," or LBT's Karen Fairchild proclaiming "I'm a tornado" may have carried more weight than usual, it didn't stop a stadium full of country fans from turning out to endure the downpour. And it was a blast watching the poncho-clad crowd romp around in the rain and toss beach balls during "Pontoon." "You guys are troupers," Keith Urban told the crowd during his late-late-night closing set, "it's, like, Sunday morning now."