By Mike McKenney Rock At Night New England
Live Review: Lady A with Carly Pearce, Niko Moon, and Tenille Arts – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut- July 29, 2021
Lady A debuted their “What A Song Can Do” tour to a musically starved packed house at Mohegan Sun Arena. The band’s popularity has never been higher with 11 No. 1’s, 18 million albums sold, 34 million tracks, five billion digital streams and a global touring footprint. They have earned CMA Vocal Group of the Year trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including five GRAMMY Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, a Tony Award nod and were recently inducted as members of the Grand Ole Opry.
Along with special guests, Carly Pearce, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts, Lady A satiated the appreciative crowd and on more than one occasion exclaimed how excited they were to be back in front of a live audience. If there was a contest for the guitar with the most sparkle, Tenille Arts wins hands down. The diminutive Arts got things started with some solid songs in her short set.
Next up was Niko Moon with his beat driven style of country. Moon hit the ground running complete with a wildly backlit stage that made it difficult to see him at times. By his third song though the lighting mellowed out and gave way to his wonderfully romantic hit “Dance With Me”, that he sang to his wife while they danced together onstage.
The third opener, Carly Pearce, with her warm personality performed with an energy that crowds instantly relate to. Working the stage from end to end entertaining her fans, Pearce really hit her stride when Lady A’s Charles Kelley sat in for Lee Brice and accompanied her on her hit “I Hope You’re Happy Now”.
With more than two hours of music behind us, it was finally time for Lady A. Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley combine to form the trio that fans have been waiting over a year and a half to see live again and they did not disappoint. Silky smooth harmonies, and precision timing, Lady A proved that they haven’t lost a step, in fact they have never sounded better.
Opening with “Like A Lady” and “Love Don’t Live Here”, Lady A came out strong and never looked back. Mixing some of their more popular hits (“Downtown”, “Compass”, and “American Honey”) with new songs made for a nice blend. Before one of the new songs, Charles Kelly joked it was time for “a pee and beer break”, but no one seemed to take his advice, no one wanted to miss anything. Dave Haywood broke out his piano for a poignant “Just A Kiss”, and Kelly’s cover of Marc Cohn’s “Walking In Memphis” was outstanding.
A two song encore closed with fans singing their 9x Platinum hit “Need You Now,” which is the highest certified song by a Country group. Lady A and their special guests delivered a full night of great live music that rivaled any pre-Covid concert. The Lady A “What A Song Can Do” 34 city tour continues through October.
Lady A Setlist:
Like a Lady
Love Don’t Live Here
What a Song Can Do
What If I Never Get Over You
Ocean/let it be love/who you are to me/hello world
Our Kind of Love
Things He Handed Down
Just a kiss
You Look Good
I Run to You
(Bob Marley cover)
We Owned the Night
Walking in Memphis
(Marc Cohn cover)
Need You Now
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