Maybe Mother Nature just isn’t a country music fan.
For the second night in a row at Globe Life Park, severe spring weather knocked “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets” wildly off schedule, this time imposing a nearly four-hour rain delay on the evening, and forcing Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line, the night’s final pairing, to pull out, citing water damage to their equipment.
Thousands of fans — it appeared Saturday night drew more of a crowd than Friday — waited it out on the concourse, as high winds swept through the park, toppling fences, sending trash swirling into the air and heavy rains soaked the stage. (The day-time events in Arlington Saturday went off without a hitch.)
Despite organizers’ attempts to get ahead of the weather — Clint Black and Joe Nichols took the stage 40 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time Saturday, finishing just ahead of the rain — it was almost 11 p.m. before Miranda Lambert and Patty Loveless materialized to sing a dazzling mini-set of Blame It On Your Heart and Dear Diamond.
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It was an absolutely stunning pairing, the women seated close together and harmonizing flawlessly.
Amid all the frustration of two days’ worth of bad weather, it was a moment of genuine beauty and arguably, the strongest duet performance on either day.
Governor Greg Abbott, along with Brantley Gilbert, also made a cameo Saturday, handing out monies raised by the Party for a Cause Festival to various military beneficiaries.
Kenny Chesney, appearing by himself, delivered a polished, one-take performance (what I saw of Saturday’s “Duets” concert was plagued by re-takes for the eventual broadcast on CBS May 15), followed by Lady Antebellum and Brandy Clark’s glowing take on Islands in the Stream.
I didn’t stick around for the remainder of the night, but Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, John Anderson and Jake Owen all took the stage, with Keith Urban closing things out with a half-hour concert of his own.
Tonight, the action moves to AT&T Stadium, as the 50th annual ACM Awards gets underway at 7 p.m.
Preston Jones, 817-390-7713