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.
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