Written by Emilee Lindner • July 14, 2017
Sometimes you need to see it to believe it. Sure, your friends could tell you that going to the Eric Church concert is going to be a blast, but you're the kind of person that needs proof. That's why these country artists released their official music videos with performances built right in to them -- so you can see the raw power and emotion that goes into their live shows. So dig into the best live country music videos below, and be prepared to empty your wallet for tickets.
When Blake Shelton decided to cover Michael Bublé's "Home," he needed an authentic music video to match the heartfelt matter of the song, which tells the tale of a homesick country boy. In this simple cut, Shelton sits on a stool and strums earnestly on his acoustic guitar, blending in those smooth, low vocals the star has been known for.
Carrie Underwood is the whole package -- the voice, the style, the stage presence -- and this music video for "Church Bells" shows off all facets of the entertainer. The footage from the video was shot during her Lincoln, Nebraska, stop on her Storyteller Tour, proving just how magical her live performances are. If you don't want to buy tickets to a Underwood show after seeing all the guitar shredding, epic pyrotechnics and flashing lights, then you might be boring.
The "Flatliner" video inserts even more drama into Cole Swindell's already enthusiastic performance -- not to mention that Dierks Bentley always add a special spark to everything they do. The legendary team-up pace the stage in this live footage directed by Michael Monaco, meeting with fans and feeding off the energy of the audience. The beginning of the video also features their pre-show ritual, which includes taking shots of whiskey.
If you missed Shania Twain's residency at The Colosseum At Caesars Palace, we feel for you. We really do. But the live video for "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" sums up the glitery experience in four minutes. At first, you see a montage of her entire show -- from the footage of "You're Still The One" to her leopard-print "That Don't Impress Me Much" outfit -- but then the video switches into showgirl territory, where Shania and her dancers fulfill their prerogative: to have a little fun. Fun, fun!
In the opening for his "Lights Come On" video, Jason Aldean reflects on his come-up -- from small night clubs to arena shows. The music video that follows features clips of his sound checks, his set list, his cowboy boots resting backstage, the first glimpse of the crowd. It's all about live music, just like the song. "When the lights come on / Everybody screaming / Lighters in the sky / Yeah, everybody singin'," Aldean sings in the song, which instantly makes you wish you were at one of his shows (and you can, because he's currently on his They Don't Know Tour -- get tickets here).
Every album cycle, Taylor Swift puts so much work into her live shows that she needs to show it off in a music video. Whether it's "Red" or "New Romantics" or this throwback, "Sparks Fly," you not only get a performance of a song, but you get a glimpse into the entire tour. You can see all her looks -- from her acoustic set to her fairy tale storytelling to her sparkly golden dresses to her all-out jam sessions. And if you were at her Speak Now Tour in 2011, watching "Sparks Fly" will have you nostalgic for those old times.
With Eric Church's "Kill A Word," he points out how harmful words can really be and wishes he could squash them out. In his performance video from Red Rocks, you can feel his inner angst as he seemingly holds it together on the outside. The video, directed by Shaun Silva, has Church in a rustic stage environment with a courteous crowd there to unite around music -- which makes Church crack a smile by the middle of the song. (Church is currently on tour, so check the tickets out here.)
With their shows being the ultimate party, of course bro-country duo Florida Georgia Line would have a music video detailing their Anything Goes Tour. For their "Anything Goes" video, they take you backstage and onto the tour bus, where you can see them filling up their plastic cups and saying prayers. Their shows are filled with hands-in-the-air abandon, a kind of philosophy the guys take into their everyday life. To catch the contagious happiness seen in this music video, perhaps you better consider getting tickets to their Smooth Tour this summer.
Kenny Chesney is pretty much the king of live country music, selling out arenas whenever he goes on tour. "Summertime" is just one of his many music videos that capture his live show on film. In this clip, you can see Kenny standing arms wide open onstage, soaking in his loving audience and the warmth of the spotlight. You can also see fans tailgating with red Solo cups and displaying their "I <3 Kenny" T-shirts in the parking lot before his concert. (Surprise, surprise! Perpetual tourer Chesney has shows coming up this summer -- here's how you won't miss them.)
Follow Rascal Flatts go from their dressing room to their secret trap door entrance to their position in the spotlight during a 2004 show in their "Here's To You" music video. There's confetti, headset microphones and plenty of choreographed lighting -- and anyone who saw the Ohio band that year will remember that giant, light-up moon.
The Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley supergroup released this retro-themed video for "Hell On Heels," which includes different performances of the moody 2011 track. The singers sing on a couch for an acoustic version of the song, but they're also shown playing it on stage in front of an adoring audience a few other times. Hearing these harmonies, you'll want them to reunite right away and come to your town.
We're taking it way back with this Brooks & Dunn track. The music video for "Boot Scootin' Boogie" shows the legendary country duo peforming at a club -- the Tulsa City Limits nightclub in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be exact. You can also see a bunch of prime 1992 fashion and some carefree dancing when times were a bit simpler.
Ready for an additional throwback? Here's another classic live performance that turned into a music video. Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" from 1992 is not only a staple on a country jukebox, but its music video shows the joy in having a good time. In the clip, you can see Billy Ray rolling up to his gig at the Paramount Theater and hopping onstage to play his most famous hit. Imagine being in the crowd that night and being a part of musical history!
In black and white, Lady Antebellum get interviewed about their first memories of dancing in the beginning of this video. Not-so-coincidentally, the interviews complemented live footage of their song "Dancin' Away With My Heart." In the Adam Boatman-directed clip, you can see the trio practicing the song backstage, along with a rendition of the ballad during their Own the Night Tour. (You can feel all the feels with Lady Antebellum on their You Look Good World Tour this summer by getting tickets now.)
Toby Keith gave his "Made In America" song a hyper-patriotic treatment with his music video for the song. Not only can you find Keith rocking out to the country bop onstage, with red, white, and blue imagery swirling around the screens behind him, but there's footage of a farmer and his teacher wife saying the pledge of allegiance and showing off a semper fi tattoo. It's very 'Merica.
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