Photography by John Russell - courtesy of CMA
Following an electric set from Lainey Wilson to kick off CMA Fest 2023, as well as performances from Elvie Shane and Lauren Alaina, Holler's favorite cowboy, Ian Munsick, took to the Chevy Riverfront Stage on Thursday afternoon (June 8) with a ravenous crowd waiting for him.
Fulfilling his mission of "bringing the West to the rest," the Wyoming native ran through over half a dozen of his best tunes, including his smoldering 'Barn Burner' to start off.
In addition to dreamy tracks 'Dig' and 'Long Haul,' Munsick also made mention of country music being worldwide with the aptly named ode, 'Country Everywhere.' He also brought the energy, as well as some dance moves with the CMA Fest crowd ate up, to the Riverfront stage with a special version of the infectious 'Cowboy Killer.'
Setting the stage for one his breakout songs, 'Long Live Cowgirls,' Munsick shared, "When Cody Johnson told me he was going to sing this next song with me, I knew then that dreams come true every single day, Nashville."
He continued, "I'm from a town of 500 people in the least populated state in America. If I can stand on this stage here at CMA Fest at the Riverfront with some of my best friends and country music heroes, you can do whatever you put your mind to, CMA Fest."
Ending out his time at the Riverfront Stage, Munsick treated fans to the song that brought him to Nashville, 'Horses Are Faster,' which the CMA crowd was happy to scream along to.
In his parting words, Munsick screamed, "I love you, Nashville. Stay country," as he walked off the stage.
Throughout the rest of CMA Fest weekend, fans will be able to catch Munsick Saturday night on the Platform Stage at Nissan Stadium.
Ian Munsick - Setlist
From his set on the Riverfront Stage at CMA Fest 2023 on Thursday, June 8, 2023.
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