Preparing to celebrate 25 years in the country music spotlight, Tracy Lawrence brought his sold-out show to the Little River Casino Resort in Northern Michigan.
17-Sep-2016: The box office signs told the story with the words “SOLD OUT” plastered everywhere outside the Makwa Endaat Event Center located inside the Little River Casino Resort. For the 1,600 people lucky enough to purchase a ticket to the show were feeling pretty good about what awaited them; a night of good ol’ country music with Tracy Lawrence.
As the crowd found their seats, Joe Caverlee, Tracy’s band leader entered the stage and introduced Tracy’s latest album, Greatest Hits: Evolution. He went through the audience selling 100 autographed copies of the album.
An energetic crowd welcomed Tracy to the stage as he and his band opened the show with his 1994 hit song, “If The Good Die Young,” from his sophomore album, Alibis.
Throughout his performance, Tracy entertained the crowd with top hits from a successful career that is nearing the quarter century mark, such as “Better Man, Better Off,” “Texas Tornado,” “Lesson Learned,” “Alibis,” and “My Second Home” that have endured time and seen the country music genre change drastically since their inception.
As the show progressed, Tracy shared the front of the stage with his guitar player (Darin Favorite) and fiddle player (Joe Caverlee). At one point, Tracy walked off the stage as Joe took over the vocals for the Charlie Daniels cover of “The South’s Gonna Do It” that allowed the band to show off their musical talents.
Tracy’s career started in 1991 with the release of his debut album, Sticks and Stones, and the title track that immediately went to No. 1 in January 1992. Since then, Tracy has accumulated dozens of albums and singles with 18 No. 1 hits.
Tracy ended his show with “Time Marches On” and fan favorite “Paint Me A Birmingham,” but not before the crowd swarmed the stage for that one last chance of being close to this country music superstar.
Upon leaving the stage, Tracy was called out by a thunderous applause for an encore that concluded with his 2006 hit, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are.”
For many artists in country music, keeping up with the ever changing direction of the genre has left them struggling to remain relevant. Tracy Lawrence, however, has managed to stay true to his contemporary country and honky tonk sound, and fans continue to flock to his shows selling out venues as Tracy Lawrence did at this show in Manistee, Michigan.
Tracy Lawrence setlist:
1. If The Good Die Young; 2. As Any Fool Can See; 3. Better Man, Better Off; 4. How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye; 5. I Hope Heaven Has A Honky Tonk; 6. Stars Over Texas; 7. What The Flames Feel Like; 8. If The World Had A Front Porch; 9. Used To The Pain; 10. Texas Tornado; 11. Lessons Learned; 12. You’re Why God Made Me; 13. Renegades, Rebels & Rogues; 14. Sticks And Stones; 15. Alibis; 16. My Second Home; 17. Can’t Break It To My Heart; 18. Runnin’ Behind; 19. The South’ Gonna Do It (Band Song) (Charlie Daniels cover); 20. Time Marches On; 21. Paint Me A Birmingham; 22. Encore – Find Out Who Your Friends Are