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Faith Hill Joins Tim McGraw Onstage During Brothers of the Sun Show in Nashville

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Everyone at LP Field was thinking it on Saturday night (June 23), wondering if Faith Hill would be joining husband Tim McGraw onstage during his performance as part of the Brothers of the Sun Tour, also featuring Kenny Chesney. When McGraw announced more than halfway into his set that he had a “special surprise” just for the Nashville crowd and began to sing the beginning of his duet with Hill, ‘I Need You,’ nobody had to wonder any longer.

The crowd came unglued when Hill entered from side stage, singing the second verse of the ballad that broke the Top 10 country singles charts in 2007. Wearing a black and white strappy jumpsuit, Hill looked adoringly into her husband’s eyes, ending the song by planting a big kiss on him — and fans went wild.

“My wife, everyone!” a blushing McGraw said as Hill exited the stage. Looking tan and tone in his white fitted T-shirt and tight white jeans, he then continued on with his set by treating fans to a musical journey of his hits throughout the years, including ‘Back When,’ ‘Something Like That,’ ‘Southern Voice,’ ‘Felt Good on My Lips,’ ‘Real Good Man,’ Just to See You Smile,’ ‘Everywhere,’ ‘For a Little While,’ ‘Down on the Farm,’ ‘Last Dollar (Fly Away)’ and ‘Where the Green Grass Grows.’

“It’s good to be home in Nashville, Tenn.,” McGraw exclaimed between songs. “I love my job!”

As the music began to slow down, the singer acknowledged his friends and family in the crowd at the local stadium show. “We go through life sometimes, stepping on peoples toes, and I also know I’m probably going to be an ass again someday,” he said, as fans began to recognize the intro to his most recent hit, ‘Better Than I Used to Be.’ “All I can do is try to be the best person I can be.”

He then played the Top 10 hit, followed by songs like ‘Let It Go’ and ‘How Bad Do You Want It.’ Before he exited the stage, McGraw performed an emotional and powerful rendition of his multi-week No. 1 smash, ‘Live Like You Were Dying,’ which moved one of the song’s writers, Craig Wiseman, to tears as he watched first-hand the crowd sing every word back to McGraw with their hands raised as high as they could go.

But McGraw wasn’t quite done entertaining the fans Saturday night. He and his band reemerged to go out with a bang with a three-song encore of ‘The Cowboy on Me,’ ‘I Like It, I Love It,’ and a brand new tune, ‘Truck Yeah,’ that had fans pumping their fists to the infectious chorus as the song’s title flashed on the jumbo-tron each and every time McGraw sang the words. As he exited the stage, McGraw walked hand in hand with Hill down the steps. The couple waved and blew kisses to the fans in the stadium who witnessed the sweet offstage moment.

The night, however, was far from being over. After a brief intermission, it was time for Chesney to take the stage. The stadium lights went dark as camera flashes flickered throughout the crowd in anticipation of what side of the stage Chesney would be making his entrance from. Chesney threw everyone for a loop when he rose from the center of the stadium on a small rotating platform singing ‘Beer in Mexico.’

Chesney looked fit as could be in his blue jeans and a grey sleeveless shirt which accentuated his sculpted, tan arms. His face was as bright as the spotlights shining on him, as anyone could see that onstage is where Chesney is his happiest. When he finished the opening number, the singer dropped his guitar and hopped up into a carriage seat that soared over the screaming fans. The superstar had the best seat in the house, waving and blowing kisses to his fans below who couldn’t sit still as he made his way down to the main stage.

Chesney’s high-octane performance continued on with his catalog of hits — everything new and old, including fan favorites such as ‘Keg in the Closet,’ ‘Summertime,’ ‘Reality,’ ‘Live Those Songs Again,’ ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,’ ‘What I Need to Do,’ I Go Back,’ ‘Come Over’ and ‘Anything But Mine.’

“I’ve gotta tell you … we’ve missed you,” he said to the Nashville crowd, adding the last time he played in Music City was way back in 2007. “Thank you for having me back!”

As expected, the night’s finale brought the two superstars together on the same stage at the same time for a 30-minute encore, where Chesney and McGraw saved the very best for last. McGraw belted out hits such as ‘Indian Outlaw,’ while Chesney rocked songs like ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.’ The twosome also performed their recent hit duet, ‘Feel Like a Rock Star,’ bringing the latest Brothers of the Sun performance to a fulfilling end.

Jake Owen and Grace Potter also took the stage earlier in the day, playing their own songs and fun covers, while Gloriana helped get the party started out in the parking lot, where they performed a special “unplugged” set while fans filtered into the stadium. The Brothers of the Sun Tour continues this weekend with a stop in North Carolina on Sunday, June 24. Click here for a full list of dates where the tour will be stopping throughout the summer.

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