In Performance at the White House, a concert series created by Michelle Obama, turns its ear to country music in a new PBS special premiering Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET (check local listings).
Artists gathered in the East Room of the White House Monday to tape the intimate show, with the President and First Lady sitting in the front row. According to USA Today, the president explained that traveling the country, he’s gained an appreciation for how much country music and its storytelling mean to so many Americans (and also told the audience “Hootie’s in the house!” referring to Darius Rucker, who was among the performers).
Dierks Bentley opened the evening with his inspirational hit “Home,” a song he was inspired to write after Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting in his native Arizona. Bentley also performed “Always on My Mind” with American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina and “Me and Bobby McGee” with Kris Kristofferson and the rest of the cast, which included Allison Krauss, James Taylor, The Band Perry, and Lyle Lovett.
Find the full setlist below:
“Home,” Dierks Bentley
“Cowboy Man,” Lyle Lovett
“Pancho & Lefty,” Kris Kristofferson & Darius Rucker
“If I Die Young,” The Band Perry
“When You Say Nothing at All,” Allison Krauss
“Riding on a Railroad,” James Taylor
“I Got Nothin’ ”, Darius Rucker
“Always on My Mind,” Dierks Bentley & Lauren Alaina
“Wichita Lineman,” James Taylor
“Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Lauren Alaina
“Funny How Time Slips Away,” Lyle Lovett
“I Will Always Love You,” The Band Perry
“Me And Bobby McGee,” Full Cast