Brett Eldredge's energy is infectious as he walks in to Stoney's Rockin' Country in Las Vegas to headline the Ram Country Concert. He's about an hour away from hitting the stage and is itching to get up there.
"I have a major addiction to playing live shows," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "If I have any stress or anything ahead of it. . . if I'm sitting around tired or whatever, as soon as I hear that downbeat of the drum I'm at it. I'm ready. If I have the worst flu of my life, I don't care. . . I'm like, 'Put me in, coach! I'm gonna sing!' I just love to perform and love the feeling the crowd gives me."
And that feeling was mutual. Eldredge put on a high-octane show, playing all of his Number One hits, including "Drunk on Your Love," Don't Ya," "Beat of the Music," "Mean to Me" and "Lose My Mind." He also threw in a few impressive cover songs, including Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic" and Bob Seger's "Night Moves."
A singer-songwriter following closely in Eldredge's footsteps, Levi Hummon was the opening act. It was a whirlwind day for the Nashville native, as it was also the day of his debut EP's release.
"I couldn't sleep last night; it was like Christmas morning," he told us before playing a set that proved why so many music outlets are deeming him the next-big-thing. "I've been writing songs for this for about two and a half years, but there's a reason you wait. . . Blessings happen when you wait!"
Hummon's set included the autobiographical "Life's for Livin'," the clever "Love You Hate You Miss You" and "Guts and Glory," a song inspired by Ram's "Guts. Glory. Ram" slogan. The latter was a surefire crowd pleaser, as audience members were made up of Ram Trucks employees from all over the country.