Reporting Kurt Wolff
On Friday (May 3) night, Charlotte, N.C. became the second stop on Tim McGraw’s 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour. This was the country superstar’s first headlining tour after last year’s Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney.
The two-hour show took place at Charlotte’s Verizon Amphitheater in front of more than 17,000 fans.
McGraw’s set list featured 25 songs, five of which were encores. He led with “Where the Green Grass Grows” from his 1998 album Everywhere. But the concert as a whole turned out to be a perfect blend of classic and new material — from 1990s songs such as “All I Want Is A Life,” to newly released hits from Two Lanes of Freedom that included “Highway Don’t Care” and “Truck Yeah.”
“Any time you record songs or perform live,” McGraw told Radio.com in a recent interview, “you have to be willing to give up a piece of your soul with it. And I think that’s how fans respond to it. You’re not just phoning it in. You’re giving them something.”
And the fans did indeed respond. Throughout the night, McGraw playfully told the crowd “Don’t stop!” as they cheered loudly after each song.
Thanks for a rockin’ opening weekend Birmingham, Charlotte, and Raleigh.This tour is going to be special. #twolanesoffreedom
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) May 5, 2013
Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour continues across North America all summer long.
Tim McGraw’s setlist – Friday, May 3 in Charlotte, N.C.:
Where The Green Grass Grows
All I Want Is A Life
Down On The Farm
How Bad Do You Want It
Let It Go
Just To See You Smile
She’s My Kind Of Rain
Nashville Without You
Friend Of A Friend
Highway Don’t Care
Two Lanes Of Freedom
Between The River And Me
The Cowboy In Me
Something Like That
Felt Good On My Lips
Live Like You Were Dying
One Of Those Nights
Real Good Man
I Like It, I Love It
-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Radio/Charlotte