7 great live country performances from the past year

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It’s easier for musicians to sound great on a record track when they have studio help, but the pressure of a live show can sometimes lead to a less than spectacular performance. Some country singers, however, thrive under the pressure. These are seven of the best live country performances from the past year.

Do you know of any great live performances that we missed? Let us know in the comments.

1. Brad Paisley live at the Grand Ole Opry performing “Crushin’ It”

2. Blake Shelton live at the 49th CMA Awards 2015 performing “Gonna” 

3. Carrie Underwood on Jimmy Kimmel Live performing “Smoke Break”

4. Thomas Rhett on The Ellen Show performing “Crash and Burn”

5. Jason Aldean on Jimmy Kimmel Live performing “Just Getting Started”

6. Chris Stapleton on NPR Music performing various songs

7. Eric Church in Austin performing “Give Me Back My Hometown”