During a high-energy performance Sunday at the
A master showman, Adkins had the crowd in the palm of his hand as soon as he raised his black cowboy hat and strutted onto the revolving stage in cascading beams of light.
For the next 90 minutes, the country-music star delivered love songs, including "Big Time," "Every Light in the House" and, his first single, "There's a Girl in
He rocked on "I Left Something Turned On At Home" and "Ladies Love Country Boys."
And, boy, did they ever.
Whenever security or ushers looked away, women ran up to the stage to pose as their friends or significant others took forbidden photos with Adkins standing in the background on the stage.
When Adkins caught glimpses of these antics, he grinned.
In his gray goatee, long blond ponytail, jeans and T-shirt Adkins looked plenty sexy. Every once in a while he'd shimmy and reveal his cowboy belt buckle, which pleased the crowd every time.
Instead of midriff-baring backup singers, Adkins was accompanied by two young women in simple but elegant black dresses.
The six band members who shared the stage with him were at the top of their game -- though a little too loud at times. Sometimes they drowned out the backup singers and even, at moments, Adkins.
The audience whooped it up with Adkins to "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" -- a tribute to a shapely derriÈre -- and lapped up his growly rendition of "Hot Mama."
Punctuating the sass were quieter moments, as when Adkins sang, "You're Gonna Miss This," his musical plea for a young woman to slow down and smell the roses she's rushing past on her way to the next adventure, whether it be turning 18, getting a new house or raising squalling babies.
"You may not know it now," Adkins sang, "But you're gonna miss this."
In "Songs About Me," Adkins -- a former
Another poignant moment came when Adkins gave a shout-out to the 379th Engineers out of
Family members held signs saying they were counting the days until their loved ones came home.
The show opened with up-and-coming country star
"Funny how a melody sounds like a memory," he sang. "Like the soundtrack to July. Saturday night."
Or, he might have sung, "August, Sunday night."
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