Mitchell Tenpenny took over the Ryman stage this past weekend for two sold-out nights.
Friday night’s show featured Tenpenny owning his lane in the sub-genre he affectionately calls “Farm Emo.” Armed with a drum set featuring a bird finger flashing the crowd and plenty of loud guitar moments, he thrilled the crowd with his fusion of country and punk on songs such as “Good Place,” “Happy and I Hate It,” “We Got History” and “Good And Gone.”
The Nashville native was joined by several surprise guests throughout both evenings.
On Friday night, Steven Curtis Chapman made a surprise appearance and joined him on stage to perform their new version of the Christian music icon’s hit, “Don’t Lose Heart.” The song, about never giving up and not losing hope, has special meaning to Tenpenny, as his mother is currently battling breast cancer. The tune is set for release on Feb. 17.
Tenpenny’s wife, singer-songwriter Meghan Patrick, made guest appearances during the two shows to sing “Long As You Let Me.” Alana Springsteen was also in attendance both nights to perform soon-to-be-released track featuring Tenpenny, “Goodbye Looks Good On You,” that the two co-wrote.
Tenpenny was also joined by opener Tyler Braden to perform Seaforth’s parts on their 2019 collaboration, “Anything She Says.” Braden served as the perfect act to get the crowd ready for Tenpenny, rocking hard throughout his rousing set.
In addition to some tracks from his recently released album This Is The Heavy, Tenpenny made sure to play his hits. The Ryman crowd sang along loudly to “Bucket List,” “At the End of a Bar,” “Alcohol You Later,” “Truth About You” and his breakout smash, “Drunk Me.”
At one point during the Friday night show, Sony Music Nashville Head Randy Goodman and some select staff joined Tenpenny on stage to present an RIAA Platinum certification plaque for his No. 1 song “Truth About You.”
Tenpenny will continue his “This Is The Heavy Tour” on Feb. 10 in Columbus, Ohio before wrapping with another sold-out show in Atlanta at the end of the month.
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