On Friday (May 3) night, Charlotte, N.C. became the second stop on Tim McGraw’s 2013 Two Lanes of Freedom Tour. This was the country superstar’s first headlining tour after last year’s Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney.

The two-hour show took place at Charlotte’s Verizon Amphitheater in front of more than 17,000 fans.

McGraw’s setlist featured 25 songs, five of which were encores. He led with “Where the Green Grass Grows” from his 1998 album Everywhere. But the concert as a whole turned out to be a perfect blend of classic and new material — from 1990s songs such as “All I Want Is A Life,” to newly released hits from  Two Lanes of Freedom that included “Highway Don’t Care” and “Truck Yeah.”

“Any time you record songs or perform live,” McGraw told Radio.com in a recent interview, “you have to be willing to give up a piece of your soul with it. And I think that’s how fans respond to it. You’re not just phoning it in. You’re giving them something.”

And the fans did indeed respond. Throughout the night, McGraw playfully told the crowd “Don’t stop!” as they cheered loudly after each song.

Brantley Gilbert in Charlotte

Brantley Gilbert in Charlotte (Nichole Jaworski/CBS Radio)

While McGraw took the show home with his blend of old and new, the concert began with performances by opening acts Love & Theft and Brantley Gilbert.


Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom Tour continues across North America all summer long.

Tim McGraw’s setlist – Friday, May 3 in Charlotte, N.C.:

Where The Green Grass Grows
All I Want Is A Life
Down On The Farm
How Bad Do You Want It
Southern Girl
Let It Go
Just To See You Smile
She’s My Kind Of Rain
Nashville Without You
Friend Of A Friend
Highway Don’t Care
Two Lanes Of Freedom
Between The River And Me
Angel Boy
The Cowboy In Me
Something Like That
Felt Good On My Lips
Live Like You Were Dying


One Of Those Nights
Real Good Man
Indian Outlaw
I Like It, I Love It
Truck Yeah

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Radio/Charlotte

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