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Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett’s Tour Kickoff: Our Best Live Photos

Rolling Stone Country captures the rising stars in New York at the Suits and Boots Tour’s first stop

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett perform at Terminal 5 in New York City on October 29th, 2015.

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The latest installment of CMT On Tour, an annual trek that has featured future stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Kip Moore, kicked off last night in New York City with two of the genre's hottest young artists: Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett.

Dubbed the Suits and Boots Tour, the show touched down at the Big Apple's Terminal 5 venue, with opening act Danielle Bradbery. Rhett opened the first installment — determined by a coin toss — with songs from his album Tangled Up, before Eldredge took the stage showcasing his latest LP Illinois. While each guy had his moment in the spotlight, it was their shared finale, a mix of jokes, drinks and songs, that sent the crowd over the top.

Here's the best photos, captured by Rolling Stone Country, from last night's tour kickoff.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Moves Like Bryan

With hip shakes that would make Luke Bryan proud, Rhett thrilled the crowd with a commanding stage presence, sometimes leading a cappella sing-alongs during "Crash and Burn" and "Get Me Some of That."

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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The Load-In

CMT On Tour's latest installment, featuring Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge, pulled into New York City last night for a tour-opening gig at Terminal 5.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Heads or Tails

The Terminal 5 crowd was told before the show that Eldredge and Rhett flip a coin each night on the Suits and Boots Tour to determine who headlines. Rhett took the stage first Thursday evening, riling up the crowd with songs like "South Side" and "It Goes Like This."

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Drunk on Their Love

Eldredge treated the crowd to energetic renditions of tracks from his new album Illinois, including songs like "Fire" and latest single "Drunk on Your Love."

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Playing With Fire

Opening act Danielle Bradbery joined Thomas Rhett for a powerful duet on "Playing With Fire," handling the female vocal that Jordin Sparks sings on Tangled Up.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Opening Night

"This is already by far one of my favorite shows of all time," said Eldredge early on during his set. "And I'm only two songs in!"

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Country Selfies

"We like to dance," Rhett said during one point in his set. "I'm not talking finger snapping. I'm talking about breaking it down." Rhett himself never stopped moving during his performance, pacing the stage constantly and at one point going into the crowd for a selfie.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Crowd Surfer

Thomas Rhett went out of his way to interact and banter with the crowd at New York's Terminal 5, giving shout-outs to fans from Long Island and poking fun at the frenetic audience. "I've played New York City before," Rhett said early on, "but I've never seen people this crazy in my life."

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Jump Around

Although Brett Eldredge wasn't as big on hip-shaking as Thomas Rhett, he moved around passionately during his set, catching some serious air for a man in a suit.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Suits & T-Shirts

Rhett performed a number of tracks off his brand new album Tangled Up, including the title's inspiration "Tangled," "T-Shirt" and the soul ballad "Die a Happy Man," which Rhett dedicated to his wife, who was in the crowd.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Dynamic Duo

Rhett and Eldredge took the stage together for a loose chit-chat session during the encore, sprinkling in snippets of covers from everyone from Frank Sinatra to One Direction to Brooks & Dunn. Rhett also gave some dating advice to Eldredge, who at one point claimed it was "a great night to be a single man in NYC."

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Impatiently Waiting

The packed crowd at Terminal 5 arrived early, filling up most of the venue by the time opening act Danielle Bradbery took the stage at 7:30.

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Front and Center

Rhett moved around so much during his set that he rarely had time to play guitar. He did pick up a Telecaster, however, for his poignant rendition of "Die a Happy Man."

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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All Access

Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge kicked off their Suits & Boots Tour last night in New York City, marking the first time the singers have ever toured together.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Bringing the Funk

Rhett performed "Tangled," an Eighties-inspired country-disco track that recalls Bruno Mars tunes like "Treasure," segueing into a snippet of Mars and Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk."

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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The Finale

After joking around together for 15 minutes, Rhett and Eldredge closed the evening's nearly three hours of music with their duet of "You Can't Stop Me," their collaboration from Eldredge's Illinois.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett

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Until Next Time

With the crowd wanting more — one fan even tossed her bra onstage — Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge bid farewell to the Big Apple.

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