Cross this one off his bucket list. Jerrod Niemann can now tell his future children, “Yes, daddy headlined the world-famous Ryman Auditorium.”
Niemann took the stage Friday night (Sept. 12) and played to a packed house which included his family, fiancee, friends and a ton of fans ready to rock the pews and really throw down.
Noticeably excited, he played the hits and favorites, from “One More Drinkin’ Song” to “Beach Baby” to “Shining on Me.” We heard “Buzz Back Girl” (his current single), “Drink to That All Night” (his most recent No. 1) and his first No 1 single, the infectious “Lover, Lover.”
It was clear Niemann was enjoying every single minute of his moment at the Ryman.
Of course, the night was a party, but there were more poignant moments, too, including his stripped-down delivery of “What Do You Want.” With just two guitars and his earnest, pitch-perfect voice cutting the air, Niemann proved he can ride that “donkey to the honky-tonky,” but he can also break your heart with just one perfect line.
He admitted the song was written about his fiancee, whom he’s set to marry next month. After the last note faded to the rafters, he left the men a little piece of advice: “Treat your ladies, right, fellas!”
Other standout moments included a brilliant performance of Niemann’s favorite song, Whitey Shafer and Lefty Frizzell’s “I Never Go Around Mirrors,” which he dedicated to the iconic songwriters whom he called “heroes” who create “the music that makes us all wanna move to town.”
Oh, and let’s not forget the stellar performance of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire,” featuring a saxophone and trombone.
Niemann’s Ryman show opened with two fresh faces on the country scene.
Newcomer Chris Lane did not hold back as he took the stage with a full-throttle band and full-throttle energy. The North Carolina native just released a debut single, “Broken Windshield View,” which premiered on CMT. Look for him to hit the road with Niemann’s Get Your Buzz Back tour this fall.
Logan Mize also delivered a killer set during the evening. A well-respected songwriter in Nashville, he is making fans everywhere he performs. Among those new fans were the sweet couple from Wisconsin who were sitting behind me and grabbed my shoulder and yelled, “Logan Mize is fantastic! Who is this guy?!” Yep, inquiring minds want to know the voice behind the single, “Can’t Get Away From a Good Time.” He’s hitting the road this fall with Granger Smith, Will Hoge and Dustin Lynch, so trust me, you’re about to know this tremendous talent.