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Nothing but Blood, Sweat & Beers.

Thursday night Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke brought The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour to Nationwide arena.  The crowd was rowdy and there seemed to be electricity in the air. With every passing minute the energy in the building was growing and fans were ready to rock. The country-rock showcase showed the many different styles of country music. The classic southern style rock of Blackberry Smoke as well as modern day country from Brantley Gilbert and Erich Church made the night a memorable one.

Blackberry Smoke kicked the night off with a stunning performance. The band came on stage to a half full Nationwide and showed everybody what true southern rock is all about. With a classic feel, comparable to that of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackberry Smoke showed how talented and well-rounded of a band they are. After a short set, the band left the stage to loud cheers, setting the tone for up and coming country artist, Brantley Gilbert.

Photo by Jason Mowry/Columbus Wired

Gilbert knows how to rock and from the beginning gave the rowdy Columbus crowd exactly what they needed. The fans cheered loudly and a packed Nationwide Arena greeted Brantley as he walked on to the stage. He kicked his show off with a fine tuned version of his song “My Kinda Party” and continued with other hits. From the beginning to the end, Gilbert had a calm and cool presence about him. Confidence in his music and the help of the audience singing along with his songs clearly impressed him and made for an energetic forty-five minutes of music.

After the two openers were through the real reason nationwide was packed became apparent. The Eric Church banner was raised, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Soon thereafter, Church walked onto stage and kicked off his set with “Country Music Jesus”.  From top to bottom Nationwide seemed to erupt. Church said during the concert that Columbus was the loudest on the tour, thanking the fans for their excitement. The set list covered a wide range of music, ranging back to his first album Sinners Like Me new release, Chief. The compilation of music made sure to reach out to all fans of Eric Church.  Playing for close to two hours, the show was one of best and most worthwhile shows that have made a stop in Columbus in a long time. Erich church and his tour partners, Brantley Gilbert and Blackberry Smoke make for a great time.

Ryan Taylor, Columbuswired

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