Country star Maren Morris' 'Girl: The World Tour' shuts down Water Works Park
Maren Morris rehearses her new single, "All My Favorite People" to perform at the ACM's Nashville Tennessean
Maren Morris brought live music to Des Moines' Water Works Park Amphitheater on Thursday for Big Country Bash. The 29-year-old performed a medley of hits as well as tracks from her sophomore project, "Girl."
As the sun set, blue and purple florescent lights glowed and Morris walked into the spotlight. With smoke bursting and the soulful sounds of the guitar playing, Morris opened with the title track "Girl." She had an all-black outfit for the night. Morris transitioned from her feminist anthem to "80s Mercedes" off her debut project "Hero."
"If you've been a fan of mine for a long time, you know I'm obsessed with this type of car," Morris said before introducing the song to the crowd. Purple and rainbow lights flickered as her guitarist did a brief solo.
Morris slowed it down with "Good Woman" from "Girl." For the more traditional country record, lovers could be seen embracing each other and parents holding their kids, rocking back and forth for the heartwarming track.
Morris had a ton of stories for her fans. Before "There's a Song for Everything," she told the audience the reasons why it took her two years to release a new project: Morris said that she was touring a lot during that time. "I had to learn how to write a song on the back of a tour bus," she said. Morris' "A Song for Everything" was inspired by conversations with her friend about their youth. Whether heartbreak or a fight with your boyfriend, Morris said: "There's a song for everything."
To bring the party back to fans, Morris performed "All My Favorite People," then slowed it back down with "Hell & Back." She dedicated the record to her husband, Ryan Hurd, whom she wed last year. "Before we met, I was going through a brutal breakup," she said. "I was doing some soul searching, and the most important relationships are the ones we have with ourselves. I wrote this song doing the dating part of our relationship, this song is out of gratitude," Morris added.
"Flavors" let Morris showcase her girl boss moves. She then began singing "I Wish I Was" a cappella; when Beyonce is involved, you really can't go wrong. Morris took it back with "Second Wind" from her 2016 project "Hero." Morris intertwined the lyrics of the song with Bey's "Halo."
Morris, who is Grammy-nominated and the winner of the iHeart Radio Music Award for Song of the Year, had fans going crazy, in a good way, with her electronic hit record "The Middle." The lyric "So why don't you just meet me in the middle?" spread throughout the park as fans sing along.
Morris then played her first No. 1 song on Country Radio Airplay, "I Could Use A Love Song," followed by "Crowded Table." Morris requested that fans hold up the flashlights on their phones. Bringing up the energy again, the band returned to the stage for Morris' "RSVP" record. The rhythm and blues vibe had the crowd pumped as red and purple fluorescent lights flickered.
Following "RSVP," she performed "Once" and then the upbeat "Rich" record. Morris then told the fans that they had time for one more song.
"Thank you! Whether you're local or you traveled, that's not taken for granted," she said, also telling fans to be kind. The crowd cheered as she sang "Bones" off of her latest project.
However, it wasn't over yet.