#HighwayVagaBond Thrills at Xcel
by Nicole Hills
Miranda Lambert brought the Highway Vagabond Tour to the Xcel Energy Center last night and they came to thrill!
You could feel the anticipation in the air at Xcel Energy Center as the lights dimmed and Aubrie Sellers stepped on stage to kick off the Highway Vagabond St Paul stop.
Fresh off her radio release of "Liar Liar", Sellers dazzled the crowd with her stage presence and incredibly powerful voice. The stories she tells in her songs, with the emotions she portrays on stage make you able to connect with her and the stories.
Sellers is one of Pandora’s “2017 Country Artists to Watch”, was voted into the current inaugural Taste of Country RISERS program and was added to Bobby Bones’ “Class of 2017”. It didn't take long for fans & leprachauns to fall in love with her.
Fan favorite Old Dominion opened their set with the fun hit Snapback. By the third song in the set, the St Patrick's Day mood was noticeably in the air as lead singer Matthew Ramsey declared that it was the biggest St Patrick's Day party they had ever seen. Even going so far as ad libbing a line about green beer in their underground hit "No Where Fast".
By the 6th song the band was donning St Patty's Day swag thrown up on the stage by the audience, proudly supporting St Paul's Irish heritage. Their 12 song set included their hits "Break Up With Him" and "Song for Another Time", as well as numerous songs from their first album, Meat & Candy. The band played two new songs, including 'Be With Me', and in a surprise move Matthew left the stage, walking to the back of the arena while singing and returning to finish the song on stage. The night also happened to be Geoff Sprung's birthday, who's celebration included shots on stage with all of his band mates.
Soon after Old Dominion left the stage, Miranda ignited her set with her first hit, Kerosene. With the crowd on their feet, she rolled right into the tour title song, "Highway Vagabond". In a candid moment a little later, she also introduced a new song called "For the Birds", which is a message about not caring what people think.
The crowd loved the two follow up songs, her recent hit "Vice" and the emotional "Over You". She put on a green feather boa (St Paul loves sharing St Patrick's Day!) for the fun "All Kinds of Kinds", which also saw audience members starring on the video screens singing along. Miranda followed that up with the ever humbling "House That Built Me", an emotional song about going home and remembering where you came from. After a couple of other new songs off of her new album "The Weight of These Wings", the energy was on another level throughout the end of the show, with songs like "Mama's Broken Heart", "Little Red Wagon", and "White Liar", and the crowd was singing along with every word. Miranda and her band even played "Tush" by ZZ Top, which has been a staple in their set over the years. She ended her first set with the electric "Gunpowder and Lead", the ultimate anthem about fighting back from domestic abuse. Not ready to go home quite yet, the crowd hung around for her encore, a stripped down acoustic version of Tin Man, an emotionally raw song about having a broken heart.
Lambert and friends definitely brought the party to the Xcel on Friday night. The tour moves on to Rockford, IL Saturday, but fans will see them again soon. Old Dominion will be back in the Midwest this summer at Moondance Jammin Country and both OD and Miranda perform at Country Jam on July 21st.