10 Best Live Performances of 2014

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As we near the end of 2014, it’s only fitting that Country Outfitter Style shares a few of those classic, end of the year lists with you. But, we’re kind of bored with the typical end of the year lists, so we’re putting our own spin on a few! 

One thing you can depend on during a live country performance? No auto-tune. You can also expect very little (if any) elaborate stage props and even pinpoint focus on the song’s lyrics. During 2014, some of the best live performances did just that. As fans have come to expect from the format, country songs often rip your heart out and leave you crying for more. Whether it was on a high-profile awards show or a private acoustic show, country music’s finest came out in full force this year. To celebrate, Country Outfitter has put together an esteemed list of the 10 Best Live Performances of 2014.

10 Best Live Performances of 2014:

10. Jennifer Nettles & Brandy Clark // “His Hands” // That Girl Tour

Two underrated vocalists took the stage together in concert and magic was created. Chills for days.

9. Taylor Swift // “All Too Well” // Grammy Awards

She might be total pop these days, but this performance of Red standout track was one of her best moments this year and a proper sendoff to her country days.

8. Tim McGraw & Faith Hill // “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” // ACM Awards

A nostalgic story about remembering the past, one of this year’s sure-fire highlights amidst so much pop-country and hip-hop had us itching for more tradition.

7. Leann Rimes // “Carol of the Bells” // CMA Country Christmas

Rimes dazzled with this tough-to-sing holiday classic, tearing into each lyric with poise.

6. Dierks Bentley // “I Hold On” // Sirius XM (Acoustic)

A touching tribute to his dad still brings the tears.

5. Carrie Underwood // “Something In The Water” // CMA Awards

For the song’s live TV debut, Underwood packed a punch with this gospel-tinged track (backed by a harmonious choir).

4. Eric Church & Lzzy Hale // “That’s Damn Rock And Roll” // CMT Music Awards

Two worlds collided for the year’s most explosive, most dynamically electrifying performance.

3. Mickey Guyton // “Better Than You Left Me” // CMT Next Women Of Country

A simple heartbreak lyric delivered with passion wrapped up in power.

2. The Band Perry // “Gentle On My Mind” // CMA Awards

The trio pulled back the rock-reigns for a truly monumental moment at the show. Kimberly’s tender delivery will be one for the books.

1. Kacey Musgraves & Lee Ann Womack // “Livin’ On Love” // CMT Music Awards

As a tribute to Alan Jackson and his 25-year career, these two songbirds joined forces for THE performance at this summer’s telecast. Nothing gets better than this, people!

Image Source: CMA