Tonight, it’s Maren Morris, Texas born and once a jobbing songwriter in Nashville but now moving front and centre singing her own material. She’s over here promoting her debut album ‘Hero’ in her largest headline show to date.
The first thing that strikes you about Maren is that she’s tiny. The second thing is that voice. How someone so small can generate something so powerful is incredible. It’s a hair standing, spine tingling force of nature.
It’s a strong start with ‘Sugar’, ‘Just another thing’ and ‘How it’s done’ and then we get a great version of the John Prine classic ‘Angel from Montgomery’. I may have been one of the few that knew the song but hopefully some of the younger members of the audience can check him out. The next sixty minutes fly by as we are treated to most of the new album, a new one, a very old one and even a Beyoncé cover to boot.
The show builds to a crescendo with ’80 Mercedes’, ‘Rich’ and ‘My church’ and it’s been some time since I heard such a loud crowd singing it all back.
A wonderful night ending on a thoughtful note with the passionate letter ‘Dear Hate’ in memory to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
A star very much on the rise for the wonderful Maren Morris.
Keep on country rockin’ y’all