Brad Paisley at Mohegan Sun Arena

Photos and Review by Robert McDonald

Galleries: Brad Paisley, Tyler Farr

Brad Paisley launched the second leg of his “Son of the Mountains World Tour” with a spectacular show at the Mohegan Sun Arena on June 29. The night was filled with memorable moments, starting with an energetic opening set by Tyler Farr, who warmed up the crowd with hits like “Whiskey in My Water” and “First Rodeo.”

As the headliner, Brad Paisley did not disappoint. Known for his exceptional guitar skills and humorous songwriting, Paisley delivered a setlist that spanned his illustrious career. He opened with the crowd-pleaser “Ticks,” setting the tone for an evening of classic hits and fan favorites. Songs like “River Bank,” “Perfect Storm,” and “The Love Boat” had the audience singing along, while “Waitin’ on a Woman” and “Then” brought a more sentimental vibe to the arena.

Paisley made a young fan’s night unforgettable by gifting them one of his guitars. This act of generosity was met with roaring applause and showcased Paisley’s genuine connection with his audience.

The setlist was a perfect blend of Paisley’s hits and covers, including a powerful rendition of “Purple Rain” during “Last Time for Everything” and a nostalgic performance of “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley. The crowd was also treated to a duet with Tyler Farr on “I’m Still a Guy,” adding a fun twist to the evening.

One of the night’s highlights was Paisley’s heartfelt tribute to the military. He invited four military members on stage, honoring their service and dedication. This touching moment was a reminder of Paisley’s deep respect for those who serve, a theme that resonates throughout his music.

Paisley’s performance of “Whiskey Lullaby,” a Jon Randall cover, was hauntingly beautiful, and “She’s Everything” had couples swaying in their seats. The night ended with high-energy songs like “Mud on the Tires” and “Alcohol,” leaving the audience on a high note.

Paisley’s stage presence was electric, engaging the crowd from the moment he stepped onto the stage. With his infectious smile and witty banter, he had the audience laughing and singing along throughout the show. But beyond the humor, Paisley’s deep connection with his music and his ability to evoke emotions were truly captivating.

His heartfelt renditions of songs like “Whiskey Lullaby” and “Then” brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience, while his upbeat and energetic performances of hits like “Old Alabama” and “Mud on the Tires” had everyone dancing and singing along. Paisley’s guitar skills also shone throughout the concert, as he delivered intricate solos and effortless fretwork that showcased his incredible musicianship.

The production of the show was equally impressive, with state-of-the-art lighting and a massive video backdrop that enhanced the visual experience. Paisley’s band, featuring some of the finest musicians in the industry, provided a solid foundation for his performances, delivering tight harmonies and soaring instrumentals that complemented Paisley’s vocals perfectly.

As the tour continues, fans can expect more unforgettable performances from Brad Paisley. His ability to blend humor, heartfelt moments, and incredible musicianship ensures that each concert is a unique and special experience that will leave audiences with lasting memories. Whether you’re a longtime fan or discovering Paisley’s music for the first time, his “Son of the Mountains World Tour” is an absolute must-see event.

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