In the middle of performing his hit "Like A Cowboy," Randy Houser managed to stun the press and fans by stopping his band mid-song to belt out the powerful song acoustically, in LP Field. It's rare for an artist to hold an audience in the palm of their hands like that but it's exactly what Randy Houser did with "Like A Cowboy."
In its "30 Best Things We Saw at CMA Music Fest 2015" Rolling Stone Country praised Houser's performance for "Best Spontaneity," saying: "Since they were filmed for an ABC special to air later in the summer, the LP Field performances could sometimes feel overly rehearsed. Randy Houser, however, all but shredded the script. [On his] ballad 'Like a Cowboy,' the Mississippi singer (who is long overdue for a Male Vocalist nomination) looked to his band and called an audible, instructing them to stop playing so he could finish the song with just his acoustic guitar. It was a bold move, and also the perfect decision."
With the audience cheering and singing along with Houser, Joseph Hudak of Rolling Stone Country tweeted, "Randy Houser just called an audible mid-'Like a Cowboy' and finished the song acoustic. In a stadium. Moment of the night. #CMAFest2015" and Cindy Watts of The Tennessean shared, "@RandyHouser...if LP Field had paint on the walls, his voice would have just peeled it off. He's killing it, just him & acoustic guitar." Country Weekly added, "Man that @RandyHouser can hit some notes. Fans cheering him on at #CMAFest."
Houser also performed at the HGTV Lodge to add to his CMA Fest 2015 performances. He returns to the road with Luke Bryan for the Kick The Dust Up tour for the remainder of the summer. "We Went," Houser's new single, is at radio now.