Chris Janson sold out Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday (Sept. 25) and delivered an Entertainer of the Year-worthy performance that had fans on their feet all night long.
Taking the stage by storm with the rowdy “Redneck Life,” Janson set the tone for the entire evening within the first few minutes. Covering every inch of the stage while singing and playing harmonica, Janson proved fans were in for a real treat.
“Thank you Jesus, thank you fans for another sellout at the Ryman Auditorium,” the Grand Ole Opry member told the crowd shortly after taking the stage, adding, “It’s good to be home tonight.”
He went on to perform songs such as “Fix A Drink,” “Everybody” and his current Top 5 single, “Good Vibes.” Janson even previewed a few tracks from his upcoming Real Friends album, out October 18, including the title cut.
It wouldn’t be a Nashville show without special guests. Janson delivered and surprised fans with two of them: Jamey Johnson, who took the stage with Janson for a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Footlights” and Charles Esten, who joined Janson on the chorus of “Buy Me A Boat.”
Prior to taking the stage, Janson addressed a small industry crowd at a private gathering and spoke about what an honor it is to sell out the hallowed venue for the second consecutive year.
“As an Opry member, a young Opry member, to be headlining the Ryman… it’s one thing to play it, but it’s another thing to have a sold-out one,” he shared after graciously thanking everyone for being there.
After seeing Chris Janson’s headlining set, it’s absolutely clear that he was born to be an entertainer. It’s as simple as that. His live show is truly a good time from start to finish, his energy is infectious and his ability to connect with the audience is unmatched.
Janson’s labelmate, Michael Ray, provided direct support, getting fans on their feet with hits like “One That Got Away” and “Think A Little Less.” He thanked Janson for inviting him to open up the show and admitted playing the Ryman was a pinnacle moment for him. “Tonight is a night I have dreamed of my whole life,” he confessed.