Blake Shelton was among many country stars closing 2021 at Music City on New Years Eve, performing his current single, “Come Back as a Country Boy,” during New Years Eve Live! The Big Nashville Party.
Taking the stage from his own bar in downtown Nashville, Ole Red, Shelton performed a catchy version of his fiery, rocky single. A compact crowd sang on the sidelines, many of whom wore New Year’s themed outfits and accessories.
The singer was one of a wide range of country stars who performed as part of The Big Nashville Party, in a lineup also featuring Dierks Bentley, Gabby Barrett, Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker and many more. This was the 2021 iteration of the city’s annual New Year’s Eve party – a free concert at the city’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall, which this year also aired as a five-hour TV special on CBS.
The fun kicked off on New Years Day (December 31) at 8:00 p.m. CT, offering a full range of successes and surprises leading up to the New Year. Luke Bryan covered Kenny Chesney’s “When the Sun Goes Down” as part of his performance at his own Lower Broadway bar, 32 Bridge; Meanwhile, Chris Janson led a tribute performance to Hank Williams, Jr. with contributions from Riley Green and Jon Pardi.
The evening also featured a cover of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by headliner Dierks Bentley and Ingrid Andress, as well as Carly Pearce’s rendition of a Shania Twain classic, “Any Man of Mine “.
In case you missed it, New Years Eve Live! The Big Nashville Party is available to stream now on Paramount +.
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