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Martina McBride, Trace Adkins give shining performance in Oklahoma City
Martina McBride and Trace Adkins shone brightly for their Oklahoma City audience Saturday night.
Between McBride's powerful voice and sassy energy and Adkin's rowdy honky tonk and heartfelt ballads, the pair's Shine All Night tour seemed to thrill the near capacity Ford Center crowd.
The show opened just after 7:30 p.m. with an Adkin's video that wrapped as he rose from below center stage to the rollicking show opener, "I Got My Game On."
"You ladies better watch out tonight," Adkins teased the crowd before singing "Swing."
The ladies in attendance seemed appreciative of the sentiment, as the big, tall cowboy in his black hat, button-down shirt, boots and jeans moved seductively about the stage.
Adkins is a big man with a deep, rich voice and a big presence, and his band is wonderful. While his first three songs were rockers, he slowed things down a bit for "I Wanna Feel Something."
And so his hour-long performance went: a few hard-hitting songs and then a few ballads. It's almost as if he feels he has to give his fans what they've come to know him for — steamy hits such as "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "Hot Momma" and "Chrome." On the other hand, it seems he's stretching for a bit more maturity with songs such as "All I Ask For Anymore" — nominated for two Grammies this year — and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' Song of the Year winner "Your Gonna Miss This."
Before Adkins played his encores, he told the crowd his reasoning. "I do a lot of songs that my mamma says, 'You were raised better than that boy.' And I was. So I do a song every now and then to let my mamma know I ain't forgot."
With that, he dedicated the song "Muddy Water" to his mamma. Backed by the Philip Thomas & Annointed Praise choir from Oklahoma City, the sinner turned saint sang about washing his sins away in the waters of baptism. He then ended his set with the Stevie Wonder classic, "Higher Ground," a moving and spiritual tribute.
An intermission video highlighted loveisrespect.org, a national teen dating abuse helpline, promoted by McBride and her daughter, Delaney, and their My Time to Shine campaign. McBride's road crew also kept the crowd entertained with dancing and some fly exercise moves while the stage was switched out. The team even pulled an audience member onto the stage giving her a chance to dance.
As the lights went out, dozens of images of hands clapping were projected onto the curtain-wrapped stage. McBride's band rose from a smoke-covered riser. Then it was McBride's turn to shine. Emerging from beneath the stage herself, she bounced into "Ride" off her latest album, "Shine." The crowd went wild with applause and cheering and quickly began singing along.
McBride is energetic and flawlessly beautiful. She marched around stage in her silvery, gold shimmer vest, her leather trimmed breaches and her stiletto heeled rhinestone shoes, touting her big voice with its super wide range and her captivating lyrics. She kept the crowd entranced for more than an hour jumping between toe-tapping songs such as "When God-fearing Women Get the Blues" and "Happy Girl" to soul-searing numbers such as "I'm Trying" and "Walk Away."