The seventh annual All For The Hall, benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, sold out Bridgestone Arena last night (Feb. 10). With Keith Urban serving as the host, the show was billed as All For The Hall: Under The Influence, and each special guest played a song of their own and a song that had influenced them. Urban was joined by Tanya Tucker, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton, Carly Pearce, Morgan Wallen, Tenille Townes, Brother Osborne, Lauren Daigle, and Ingrid Andress throughout the night.
Urban kicked off the night with his 2016 No. 1 hit, “Wasted Time.” He then thanked the sold-out arena crowd for coming and supporting the County Music Hall of Fame. He also thanked Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill for starting the campaign in 2005. The song that Urban chose to perform that had influenced him was Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou.”
Carly Pearce was next up with her first No. 1 “Every Little Thing,” and a Shania Train mega-hit that inspired her, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman.” Her self-titled, sophomore album will release this Friday (Feb. 14).
Morgan Wallen took it from there with his hit “Whiskey Glasses,” and chose the Eagles hit “Take It Easy” for his influenced pick. The lively crowd knew every word to both hits.
Tenille Townes followed Wallen with a heartfelt delivery of her song, “Somebody’s Daughter,” and then again with U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” She let the crowd know that she had come to All For The Hall as a fan years ago during a trip to Nashville with her mom, and that it was an honor to get to be performing during the benefit show.
Blake Shelton was next up and was met with a thunderous applause. Everyone in Bridgestone Arena was standing and singing along to his Platinum-certified, 2002 single, “Ol’ Red.” He then performed Alan Jackson’s “Dallas.”
Urban made sure to brag on Shelton, saying that he flew in to Nashville to perform at All For The Hall and soon would be flying back out.
Ingrid Andress showed off her star power, singing her introductory single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” while the crowd sang along. She then lead the crowd in singing John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” with Urban adding pleasant harmonies.
Brothers Osborne started their high-energy performance with Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.” They then played their “Ain’t My Fault,” with John Osborne and Urban dueling it out on guitar.
The talented backing band for the night included the legendary steel guitarist Paul Franklin. At one point, the whole band turned to watch Franklin shred on steel guitar. “This guy is a legend,” TJ Osborne said.
Lauren Daigle then appeared to sing her Grammy-winning “You Say,” only accompanied by a keyboard. Her stellar vocals then mastered Roberta Flack’s version of “Killing Me Softly.” A trumpet player joined her on-stage.
The stellar Chris and Morgane Stapleton were up next and held everyone’s attention with their harmonies and an acoustic guitar on “Millionaire.” Stapleton then went into Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground,” saying that Nelson was someone he and his father listened to while he was growing up.
Tanya Tucker then stole the show during her performance. She picked several songs that had influenced her, performing snippets of George Jones’ “Grand Tour,” Loretta Lynn’s “Blue Kentucky Girl,” Merle Haggard’s “Workin’ Man Blues,” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” She also sounded wonderful on her recent Best Country Song Grammy winner, “Bring My Flowers Now.”
Cheers erupted as soon as Urban gave the first hint of Luke Combs approaching the stage. The star appeared to a thunderous applause, and performed his song, “Even Though I’m Leaving.” “It’s a casual Monday,” he said. Combs then closed the All For The Hall show with his version of Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man.”