During the last 45 years, I have been to a lot of concerts. Last night, I went four more shows. I saw a country concert, a country-rock concert, a rock concert, and a country-rap concert. Really, I saw all of that last night! No, I didn’t go to four shows – I went to one show. One show that was so well thought out, so well planned, and so well executed that it definitely had something for everything.
I went to see Colt Ford’s show at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn. If you ever get the chance to go see Colt, keep this in mind – you are going to need six pair of eyes. Because you are going to want to put one pair on each of the very talented people on that stage.
When I saw Colt’s show last year, I was really impressed. I didn’t exactly go as a huge fan of country-rap music. I went more as the writer of a country music web site who wanted to find out what was making this man’s music so popular. I left with a completely different attitude, and a newly discovered respect for Colt and his band. While I am still not a huge fan of rap music (country-rap or otherwise), I am a huge fan of Colt Ford. I would go to this man’s show over and over again. Colt Ford is an entertainer! And regardless of the ‘style’ of his music, he definitely knows how to work on that stage, and work his crowd! Mr. Goodtime makes everyone in the audience happy!
There were some personnel changes this year. Suzanne Rohrer, Lindsey Hager, Jayson Chance and Tyler Farr have all left the group. I knew Tyler had a solo career, and would be leaving. I knew Lindsey was leaving for the same reason. I didn’t know Suzanne had left until I got to the fairgrounds last night. And, I was really sad to hear that. I didn’t think the show would be nearly as good without the girls. And if they had tried to do the same show they did last year, without the girls, it wouldn’t have been as good.
But let me tell you what they did. They totally redid the show, and when those men walked out on stage, hit those instruments, and started to sing, I really didn’t even realize Lindsey and Suzanne weren’t there. It’s a new show, it’s a great show – and it was put together for these six talented people to showcase their individual talent.
Rick Brothers is still sitting behind the drums. He’s awesome. And again this year, he turned his drumsticks over to Colt, and came out from behind his drums to sing for us. I think this guy would love to front a rock band, but I like him where he is. Paul Chapman is also back with the group this year, he’s on bass. Dan Weller, guitar; Brad Henderson, guitar and vocals; and Shaun Boudin, fiddle/acoustic. They are all fantastic musicians, who work together to make Colt’s show one the audience members hope will never end.
I have to thank Colt for remaining appreciative of his fans, for taking time to sign autographs and pose for pictures with them, and for really taking the time to talk to the fans who come up for an autograph. The autographs and pictures are so important to the fans, and it’s great when artists like Colt realize that.
Here are a few more pictures for that great show in Gray, Tenn., last night.
Thanks again, to the Appalachian Fair, WXBQ Radio, Hometown IGA, and everyone who had anything to do with bring Colt’s show to our fairgrounds last night.
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