Concert review: Hill and McGraw thrill fans with their chemistry, talent at Arena show

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill honored 20 years of marriage through a musical journey of romance where obvious chemistry and unmatched talent were on display.

The country superstars brought their 2017 Soul2Soul World Tour to to a nearly packed Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena on Thursday night and their instant connection as they sang the beginning of the 1997 power ballad “It’s Your Love” characterized the night. The first lines of the song were almost entirely drowned out by cheers: “It’s your love / It just does something to me / Sends a shock right through me / I can’t get enough.”

Hill’s impressive vocal and physical stamina were evident throughout her solo portion of the set list. She immediately stole the show with her soaring, easy high notes and stage presence when she sang her 2006 song “The Lucky One.”

McGraw joined his wife again to sing his cheeky 1995 hit about a new love “I Like It, I Love It” and the dedicated fans sang every word. Their vocal runs were expertly executed and the harmonies were as in synch as the couple’s chemistry as they sang to each other.

Hill mentioned that she “got her start singing in church” and the gospel soul in her voice was indisputable. Her most memorable numbers of the night included her 1998 hit “This Kiss” and 1993 cover of “Piece of My Heart,” a song made popular by Janis Joplin.

McGraw emerged from the depths of the stage like the couple did at the beginning of the show to sing “Angry all the Time,” a song about the ways love can fall apart. Though his stage presence paled in comparison to his spouse’s dancing and connection to her music, the rich twang and familiar, even tone of his voice did not disappoint.

Later, he sang a snippet of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart,” which showcased the voice that catapulted him to country superstardom and left fans cheering for more.

His performance of the 2015 hit “Humble and…

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