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Tim McGraw packs energy, hits into his show

Country star Tim McGraw sings at a nearly sold-out show at Isleta Amphitheater on Sunday, July 27. (Courtesy of Jenn West)

Country star Tim McGraw sings at a nearly sold-out show at Isleta Amphitheater on Sunday, July 27. (Courtesy of Jenn West)

Tim McGraw.

There’s a reason the is one of the most recognizable names in country music.

With a 20-year catalog spanning full of hits, McGraw pulled out the big guns – no we’re not talking about his arms – during his Sundown Heaven Town Tour at Isleta Pavilion on Sunday night. (Though he did show off his chiseled body and shook hands with many of the fans up in the pit.)

McGraw is the epitome of a show man when it comes to commanding the stage. This and the fact that he was broadcast on five screens.

Opening with “One of Those Nights,” from his album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” McGraw quickly took charge of the night.

Immediately followed by “Real Good Man,” McGraw left a lot of the singing to the crowd for one of his biggest hits.

And the hits didn’t stop there.

McGraw peformed “Red Ragtop,” “Southern Voice,” “Southern Girl,” “Just to See You Smile” among others.

While McGraw’s career is now at more than 20 years strong, he represents old school contemporary country and its evolution.

Tim McGraw, left, and Cassadee Pope sing together during a concert at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Jenn West)

Tim McGraw, left, and Cassadee Pope sing together during a concert at Isleta Amphitheater in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Jenn West)

McGraw’s presence on stage kept the near sold-out crowd’s attention the entire two hours and 27 songs.

McGraw even went old school to one of his first – and controversial – hits “Indian Outlaw.”

Despite there being lightning all night, McGraw was able to keep the rain away for what was a great night full of country music.

Opening for McGraw was Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope.

The pair of singers showed why they are the up-and-comers in the country scene.

Pope flew through her set, with songs from her debut album, “Frame by Frame.” The winner of season three of “The Voice” told the crowd being on the tour was a dream for her. McGraw pulled her up on stage for a duet.

Meanwhile, Moore laid it all on the line with his set. At one point, even running through the crowd to sing to the fans in the lawn. Moore sang songs from his album, “Up All Night” and his upcoming album which will feature the singles, “Young Love” and “Dirt Road.”

Kip Moore ran through songs from his debut, "Up All Night." (Courtesy of Jenn West)

Kip Moore ran through songs from his debut, “Up All Night.” (Courtesy of Jenn West)

Tim McGraw performing in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Jenn West)

Tim McGraw performing in Albuquerque. (Courtesy of Jenn West)

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