If you haven’t ever seen Jack Ingram in concert, get this date and time on your list. Jack will be performing in Kingsport, Tenn., on Thursday night, Aug. 20, as part of their summer music series, Twilight Alive Tennessee.
The show is in the middle of Broad Street in Downtown Kingsport, and it’s free. The folks in Kingsport have everything covered — if it rains, the concert will move into the Bus Depot. That’s what they did back in June, when Jypsi was headlining the event. The show begins at 8 p.m.
Jack’s “Barefoot and Crazy” is currently No. 15 on country’s top 40 chart. I’ve seen him in concert once before, at one of our local fairs, and he put on a fantastic show. He works hard on stage, and when the show is over – he is one of those entertainers who makes sure everyone who wants an autograph gets an autograph.
His new CD, Big Dreams & High Hopes, is scheduled for release on Aug. 25. There are 11 tracks, with Little Big Town, Randy Houser, James Otto and The Lost Trailers adding their voices to background vocals.
“I’m proud of this album like crazy,” Jack said. “We started to put it out a few times earlier this year, but then I’d hold everything up and go back to the studio and tweak this or mess with that, but now I’m finally ready.”
The songs on the new CD are as follows: “Free,” “Barefoot and Crazy,” “That’s a Man,” “Seeing Stars,” “Not Giving Up on Me,” “Barbie Doll,” featuring Dierks Bentley, “Big Dreams & High Hopes,” “Heartache,” “Man in Your Life,” “King of Wasted Time,” and “In the Corner.”
This kid has been recording since 1992, but I don’t think most of us knew he was around until his 2005, when “Wherever You Are” hit the top of Billboard’s country charts. Back in 1990, Jack toured throughout Texas, and opened for opened for Mark Chenutt, as well as other country artists. He released his first album, self-titled Jack Ingram, in 1992, and followed that in 1995 with Lonesome Question.
In 1997 Jack released Livin’ or Dyin’, which produced his first chart single with “Flutter,” which peaked at N0. 51. Two years later, he came out with “Hey You”, and that one only made it up to No. 64. I’m glad he kept at it though. His talent, and his persistence, gave him “Wherever You Are,” “Love You,” “Lips of An Angel”, “Measure of a Man,” and “Maybe She’ll Get Lonely,” and they all gave us the Jack Ingram who was named the Academy of Country Music top new male vocalist in 2008.
I don’t know anyone who can think Jack Ingram, and not think “Lips of an Angel.” So here’s a little YouTube clip for you all.
That’s it for this morning. You guys have a good Tuesday. I’ll talk to you all real soon! Tonight’s schedule: Answer e-mail.