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Kid Rock simply entertains

LP Field, Nashville, June 12, 2009

Reviewed by Michael Sudhalter

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Kid Rock has been a troublemaker, a rocker, a rapper and a frequent visitor to Nashville. But on Friday night, the Detroit native was just simply entertaining. He headlined the CMA Festival Day 2 concert at LP Field, and the highlight of his set was a duet with Martina McBride who entered the stage during Picture, the duet that he recorded with Sheryl Crow.

Kid Rock picked up the energy of the already enthusiastic crowd with songs like Low Life and his most recent country-related tune, All Summer Long. He also did one of his first hits, Cowboy, with a verse of the Dukes of Hazzard halfway through the song.

Jason Aldean warmed up the set for Rock with his own brand of rocking country, including Johnny Cash and an extended version of Hicktown. The Georgia native was at his best during his new single, Big Green Tractor.

Fellow Georgians the Zac Brown Band were playing nightclubs in the Southeast until recently. They electrified the audience with their big hit, Chicken Fried, and the equally relaxing, Toes. They also turned in an impressive cover performance of Charlie Daniels Band's The Devil Went Down To Georgia.

Jake Owen mixed some tender ballads (Startin' With Me and Don't Think I Can't Love You) with a few barnburners like Yee Haw and Eight Second Ride.

The trio of Lady Antebellum experienced technical difficulties early in their set, but they made up for it with a great cover of John Mellencamp's Hurts So Good.

Rodney Atkins performed his recent number one hit, America, to wild applause and preceded another number one If You're Going Through Hell (Keep On Movin') with the pop hit I Can See Clearly Now.

Little Big Town's four-part harmonies were excellent, and they were especially evident on Boondocks.

Luke Bryan's four-song opening set included Country Man and We Rode In Trucks, but the big surprise was putting Metallica's Enter Sandman halfway through All My Friends Say.