Last night, at the Appalachian Fair, I saw Danny Gokey. We all know Danny. We saw him on American Idol, a lot of us (myself included) thought he should have won. This was my first opportunity to see one of his shows. But I had heard a lot about him from his fans, and I was really looking forward to going.
He has powerful vocals, a great stage presence, and a real connection with his audience – anyone could honestly say that Danny is a well-balanced performer. I once heard that a really good entertainer is someone who always leaves the audience wanting more. I believe Danny accomplished that last night. He could have gone on forever, and no one would have gotten up to leave.
I watched Danny as he was being interviewed by WXBQ’s Marc Tragler. All you need to do is listen to him to know he’s real. He’s genuine, he’s comfortable, he’s not pretending to be someone he is not. Danny is a “what you see is what you get” kind of person – and that’s nice.
I met a lot of Danny’s fans through this web site – because they fussed at me when I wrote an article about Danny signing with RCA Nashville, and because when I did that, I said that Danny Gokey is not a country artist.
You guys didn’t need to fuss at me. I never said Danny isn’t talented. I never said he doesn’t have an awesome voice. And I never said I didn’t like him. All I said was that he isn’t country. But, keep in mind that I am much older than most of you, I have been a country music fan for 50 years, and I like what is now referred to as “classic country”. I’m just having a real problem with country-pop, country-rock, and whatever other terminology is currently being used to describe country music.
Now, ask me if I would ever go see Danny Gokey in concert again. Go ahead, ask me…. my answer to that question would be without hesitation! I would go see him again, I would tell others to go see him, and I would tell them how hard he works on stage to make sure the people in that audience see what they came to see… a great show, by a talented young performer who I believe will be around for very long time.
After the show, Danny said he would stay and sign autographs for everyone who wanted one. What a long line that was. I looked at the people in that line. It was kind of strange really. Because while I was watching the show, I thought he was more of an entertainer for the younger crowd. But when I looked at the line waiting for autographs, I found people from six to 60, and maybe even a few older … and a few younger. Old, young, male, female … everyone was there to see Danny Gokey.
I think it’s time now for a few pictures from a great evening with Danny Gokey.
That was night one of our 2010 Appalachian Fair. And all I have to say is we are off to a great start!
You all know I will be at the fair every night, but I’ll do my best to keep the reports coming. If I miss a day or two, I’ll catch up. Hope you all have a good Tuesday. Write when you have a minute!