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Review: Little Big Town concert was good for the soul

(Disclaimer: Any opinion contained in this column is that of the author)

There is something healing that happens when you find yourself slipping away into a good song – it’s magical. But have you ever seen 2,800 people disappear into a melody all at once? 

Little Big Town brought that kind of magic to Augusta Friday night with the Friends of Mine Tour.

Little Big Town brought fan favorites to the Bell Auditorium April 14. Anna Virella/AugustaGoodNews

An eclectic mix of strangers funneled into the Bell Auditorium, drawn together by a shared love of country music. Concert goers of all ages made the way to their seats, and excited chatter filled the room. 

Singer Ashley Ray kicked off the show when she took the stage and, in an instant, the crowd fell silent, captivated by her rich voice and old soul. Like all good country music, her songs offer a snapshot into the story of her life, her family and of course, that proverbial drink at the end of a long day. If you’re looking for something new to add to your playlist, Ray is a must listen. You can find her album Pauline, as well as her new song Married on Apple Music and Spotify, and find out what it sounds like when country music gets kissed by rock and roll. 

Lights out. It’s time. The energy in the room was palpable. Lights up. Little Big Town started strong with fan-favorite Boondocks as the audience roared their approval. 

Over the next several hours, the Pontoon singers, who have been making music together for 24 years now, took fans on a journey through old and new hits, staying ever true to their bluegrass roots.

People were dancing at their seats and couples made their way to the aisles to do the same.

And song after song, every voice in the audience sang back every word. 

Little Big Town performed fan favorites at the Bell Auditorium April 14. Anna Virella/Augusta Good News

Then, right in the middle of it all, that’s when it happened. An entire venue full of people were transported to an old, dirt road town. The kind of place where you can still leave your doors unlocked, borrow a cup of sugar from your neighbor, and fall into a happily ever after love with your childhood sweetheart.

But I’d like to really take a moment to pause and acknowledge what stood out most to me. I’m such a music nerd, I know, but the technical vocal ability of every member of Little Big Town just blows me away. Their harmonies are absolutely flawless and the strength and control in every note — unbelievable.

If you didn’t catch them at the Augusta show, tickets are still available to see Little Big Town in Atlanta April 15, Savannah. on April 21, or in Columbia April 22. 

Anna Virella is a photojournalist for Augusta Good News.