All for the Hall 2012 Bridges Contemporary and Classic Country for a Sold-Out Crowd
The theme of Tuesday's All for the Hall benefit concert in Nashville was a celebration of country bands, duos and groups. But the Band Perry's Kimberly Perry perhaps summed up best what the night was truly all about: "To know where you're going, you've gotta know where you've been," she said.
The Band Perry was the youngest act to take the stage at the star-studded, sold-out event at downtown Music City's Bridgestone Arena. It was a night that celebrated hits currently on the charts, like the sibling trio's "Postcard From Paris," to songs that date all the way back to when their parents were young kids, as surprise guests Merle Haggard and Don Williams graced the stage to sing some of their classics.
The night's organizer, Keith Urban, kicked off the show with his infectious "You Gonna Fly" and "Sweet Thing." During the latter song, he introduced his "spiritual brother" and co-host for the night, Vince Gill. The two guitar slingers remained on stage throughout the concert, acting as the backing band for every artist.
The spotlight shone on Vince next and staying true to the night's theme, he dug way back into his catalog to before he was a solo artist and played the classic "Amie," a song he sang night after night back in the late '70s, when he was with Pure Prairie League. Vince also paid tribute to the Bakersfield Sound movement, singing the 1964 Buck Owens' hit, "Together Again."
Following Vince were Thompson Square, who sang "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "I Got You," and then Blue Sky Riders. "We're Blue Sky Riders and you've never heard of us," joked the