Last night I had the pleasure of seeing Jack Ingram and Brinley Addington perform in downtown Kingsport, Tenn. I had seen both of these guys before. It was two years ago that I saw Jack at the Appalachian Fair in Gray. It was just last month that I saw Brinley at the Pepsi Independence Day Fireworks in Johnson City, Tenn. They both put on great shows then … and now.
I remember the first time I saw Jack. He was relatively new to the country music scene. Not a lot of people put the name Jack Ingram along side the song “Lips of an Angel.” And the result was … not very many people showed up for his concert in August of 2007. But it didn’t matter. Jack still got up there and put on a fantastic show. He couldn’t have worked any harder if he were singing for 10,000 people.
He is one of the ones I always called “fan-friendly”. And after his performance last night, I can go on saying that. Because once again, Jack stayed and autographed every shoe, shirt, picture, arm, leg, or whatever other object was put in front of him. He talks to his fans, and you never feel like you’re being pushed through the autograph line. He has a way of making you feel important.
Jack remembered me from the Fair two years ago. He remembered me from a few messages we exchanged via MySpace pages. It’s always nice when someone like that remembers you.
Brinley Addington opened for Jack last night. This kid is very good. Not just his singing and songwriting, but his entertainer skills. He has great stage presence, he knows how to sing to his audience. He puts on a great show. I really expect to see great things from this young man.
People always say a picture is worth a thousand words … if that’s actually true … I have a whole bunch of words for you guys – in the form of pictures I mean. Hope you enjoy these photos from last night’s Summer Concert Series in Kingsport, Tenn. We’ve got Brinley, Jack, their bands, and a few of their fans for you.
I can’t close this without thanking the City of Kingsport, the Kingsport Police Department, all the sponsors of this great event, and everyone who had any hand in bringing Jack and Brinley to Kingsport last night. It was a great way to spend an evening!
I’ll talk to you all soon. I know I still owe some of you guys an e-mail, but it’s almost the weekend… I’ll get caught up then.