It was Sunday Funday, the last day at boots and it was time to rise and grind. It was set to be a busy one on day 4 with a great lineup to wrap up the last day of the festival.
The front porch stage got going with a great performance from Kaitlin Kozell. You could tell that Kaitlin was very excited to be at Boots and this radiated through out her set. She has such a lovely voice and has a very talented band behind her. She played covers but also playing her own music which included her very first debut single, Do It Again.
It was a hot afternoon and it was time to get Lawn Chair Lazy with the James Barker Band on the main stage. After waiting a full year to return, it was the Barker boys turn to take over the stage. A year ago they won the emerging artist showcase and opened for Thomas Rehtt and this time they were back for a full set. They played their song that won them the spot and that they wrote here at Boots and Hearts, Livin’ The Dream. It was their moment to shine and they rocked the 1pm crowd. It was actually the largest early afternoon crowd on BH record. The crowd was energized and the boys looked like they had a blast during their set!
Jordan McIntosh was welcomed to the Front Porch stage by many excited fans, especially the young ladies with many shrills and shout outs. He played many covers, but rolled through many of his own. This included Dare You To Try, That Girl, Steal Your Heart and Grew Up In A Country Song. It was incredible the echo back from the crowd to many of his songs!
Jason Benoit rocked the main stage and he delivered an awesome high energy set. Boots and Hearts definitely had A Crazy Kinda Love for Jason. He played one of my favourites Cold Day Coming and he had the whole crowd singing along and it sounded amazing! Jason just released a new album and played the debut single All Wanna Party and I feel like this song was written for Boots and Hearts! He also played the latest single from it, which I absolutely love, entitled Waves.
River Town Saints to me and for many others stole the side stage. They completely rocked Boots and Hearts! These boys put on such a high energy fun set and the crowd feed off of them. RTS played their debut single A Little Bit Goes Along Way having the crowd echoing back and it rang under the Front Porch tent. The boys even took us back to the ’90’s all sporting white cowboy hats and playing Alan Jackson’s Chattahoochee which was so much fun! They finished off their killer set with Cherry Bomb and again the crowd just exploded.
Lindsay Ell was so excited to be back in Canada and playing Boots and Hearts! This girl blew me away with her guitar solos! She just shreds the guitar, she strutted up and down the catwalk and owned every inch of it while ripping on her guitar! It was absolutely incredible, what a set she put on for us! Lindsay played many of her hits including, Trippin’ On Us, By The Way and Listen To My Heart Beat. She is a beautiful talented young lady and has such beautiful vocals to match her amazing guitar skills!
Dylan Scott was next to play the Front Porch Stage and came out delivering an incredible set. He too was full of energy and he looked like he really was enjoying the BH crowd! Dylan has an amazing powerful voice and it was great to see him perform live. He played his latest hit Crazy Over Me and had the crowd was going crazy over him. He did some covers but played a lot of his own music, including hits, Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy and My Girl.
Jason Blaine never ceases to amaze me with his performances. He has such a large repertoire of songs and he just rolls through hit after hit. It was a Great Day To Get Gone with Jason and the crowd was fully enthralled with his performance. He rocked many of is more rockin’ tunes like Rock It Country Girl and Country Side. But then slowed it down for some like his beautiful song Dance With My Daughter and one of my favourites They Don’t Make’em Like That Anymore.
Chase Rice not only played once, but twice for us on this final day at BH. He treated fans to a small surprise performance on the Coors Banquet side stage. We were so fortunate to catch him and it was a beautiful acoustic set. Playing one of my favourites Gonna Wanna Tonight.
He then not too much later took the main stage and gave one hell of a performance. These boys completely rocked the stage using every inch of the stage and catwalk, it was a fully energized set from them. Playing so many of his hits including, Ready Set Roll, We Goin’ Out and Doin’ It Like This.
Tim McGraw was the final act of what had been an incredible Boots and Hearts and it was a perfect closing performance. He was so happy to be back to celebrate 5 amazing years of BH and the crowd was very happy to have him back. He was so engaged with the crowd and he was blown away with how loud we were singing along to every song. Tim has a very long list of songs to chose from and his set list for the evening was great. He covered off every album and didn’t leave any fan disappointed. He played from Indian Outlaw to The Cowboy In Me all the way to the present with Humble And Kind. As all Tim’s shows he closed out his amazing set and BH5 with the beautiful song dedication to his father, Live Like You Were Dying.