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Tim McGraw, FGL, Dan + Shay and More Take Over Austin for 2019 iHeartCountry Festival

CS Country headed to the Lone Star State to round up the best moments from the show!

On May 4th, iHeartRadio hosted its sixth annual iHeartCountry Festival at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin with the genre’s biggest superstars, chart toppers, and rising voices. With a lineup filled with unforgettable performances from Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Chris Janson, Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots, Lauren Alaina and an iHeartCountry Guitar Pull with Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammackthe concert was filled with beloved fans for each artist!

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Russell Dickerson performs live during the Daytime Village at the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

The day kicked off with a special Daytime Village at Frank Erwin Center’s North Box Office Plaza. Featuring our favorite up-and-comers Russell Dickerson, Michael Ray, Lauren Alaina, LOCASH and Morgan Wallenthe free event was the only way to get the crowd ready for what was to come from the festival inside the arena.

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Luke Combs performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

The show began with none other than Luke Combs, singing songs of his debut album This One’s For You. Alongside a full band, the singer/songwriter strummed away at his guitar performing “When It Rains It Pours,” “Must’ve Never Met You,” “One Number Away,” “Beautiful Crazy,” and “Hurricane.” For his closer, he selected fan favorite “She’s Got the Best of Me.”

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) (L-R) Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line perform onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Florida Georgia Line brought the party to Frank Erwin Center with an array of hits including “Colorado” and “Cruise.” The duo also showed love to their newest single, “Y’all Boys,” as well as “Talk You Out of It,” “Simple,” and their record-breaking Bebe Rexha collaboration, “Meant To Be.” The pair also surprised fans when they reunited with Daytime Village performer Morgan Wallen for their closing number, “Up Down.”

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) (L-R) Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, and Philip Sweet of Little Big Town perform onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Little Big Town took to the stage performing renditions of “Better Man,” “Front Porch Thing,” “Girl Crush” and “Boondocks,” but the highlight of their performance was their new single, “The Daughters.” Fairchild told the audience said, “We’ve only sung it a couple of times. This is a song for all the little girls out there and all the good men in the house that are raising up or caring for the daughters.”

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) (L-R) Preston Brust of LOCASH, Bobby Bones of Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, and Chris Lucas of LOCASH perform onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Host and performer, Bobby Bones took things to a new level with his performance when he brought out special guest, LOCASH. With The Raging Idiots by his side, the long-time on air personality brought the crowd to their feet as he went through his set of familiar songs including his new single, “The Emoji Love Song,” plus a hilarious tweaked rendition of “Jesus Knows,” The Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” and Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer.”

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) (L-R) Tenille Townes, Lauren Alaina, and Caylee Hammack perform onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Our favorite moment from the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival was the iHeartCountry Guitar Pull, which gave some of the genre’s most talented ladies the recognition they deserve on an arena stage.

Featuring Lauren AlainaTenille Townes and Caylee Hammack, Hammack kicked off the round with “Family Tree,” followed by Townes with “Somebody’s Daughter.” Alaina went for her 2018 single, “Ladies In The ‘90s,” as well as her ultimate anthem, “Road Less Traveled.”

After showing love to each of their respective songs, the trio saved the best for last when they churned out a playful duet of Shania Twain’s iconic smash, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman.”

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) (L-R) Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay perform onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Aside from the Guitar Pull, we were completely obsessed with Dan + Shay‘s performance (no pun intended). The guys delivered hits from the past and present as the pair kicked off their set with their newest single, “All To Myself,” followed by “How Not To,” “Speechless,” “19 You + Me,” and their smash hit, “Tequila.”

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 04: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE) Tim McGraw performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartCountry Festival Presented by Capital One at the Frank Erwin Center on May 4, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

To close out the night, Tim McGraw delivered an epic performance, making his birthday week truly the best ever. The country music vet brought his signature cowboy hat and suave demeanor to serve the many hits from his three-decade career, including “Truck Yeah,” “Southern Voice,” “All I Want,” “Barbecue Stain” and his new single “Thought About You.”

Hungry for more iHeartCountry Festival coverage? Click here to see our backstage interviews with Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Luke Combs, and Lauren Alaina. 

Additional reporting by Kaylee Cottee

Written by CS Country Staff

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