The biggest audience yet for the Nashville House Concert series at War Memorial Auditorium crowded in for a loud, enthusiastic night on Thursday, November 2. Hosted by radio personality Storme Warren and singer/songwriter/comedian Joe Denim on the first Thursday of each month, the series strives to emulate the atmosphere of a laid-back living room show while hosting some of the biggest names in Nashville. Each show continues to grow in audience size and enthusiasm, and as expected the show is on its way to becoming a true town staple. The November show’s lineup included Dierks Bentley, Rhett Akins, Waterloo Revival and Ray Scott.
Songwriter Rhett Akins started out the evening, performing some of his most famous hits such as “That Ain’t My Truck,” “Dirt on My Boots” (Jon Pardi) and “Small Town Boy” (Dustin Lynch). Akins, affectionately known as “Popeye” to his son Thomas Rhett’s two year old daughter Willa Gray, talked about his musical influences and his new role as a grandfather. He answered the inevitable questions about his son with class by saying, “I’m proud of him because… since he was little up until now he’s just been a really good person.”
One of the best traditions of the Nashville House Concerts involves some audience participation. Each show features two songwriters, who are given the task of writing a brand new song utilizing words provided by the audience by the end of the night. This time, Dierks Bentley and Rhett Akins were given words like “Hot tub,” “Airstream,” “zebra,” and “golddigger,” and the two songwriters went into the back and hammered out a tune. The chorus went something like, “My golddigging girlfriend loves me for my Airstream and my zebra painted hot tub in the back.” True gold.
Waterloo Revival was a lively highlight of the show with their performances of their breakout single “Hit the Road” and new single “What Guy Wouldn’t,” which has just reached nine million streams on Spotify. Traditional country crooner Ray Scott was also a guest artist, with his deep voice resembling the depth of Josh Turner with the twang of Randy Travis.
Dierks Bentley closed out the show and performed hits “Drunk on a Plane” and “I Hold On.” He also played deep track from his most recent album called “Can’t Be Replaced,” which is filled with incredibly visual lyrics such as: “Levi jacket broken in just right/I left it on the bleachers that Friday night/Felt so cool in the stone-washed fade/There’s just some things that can’t be replaced.” In the interview portion, Bentley discussed his music’s inclusion in Only the Brave, a movie based on the true story of the firefighters who lost their lives in the Arizona wildfires that ravaged the state back in 2013. Only the Brave was released to theaters on October 20.
The next Nashville House Concert is on December 7 at War Memorial Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased on their website.