Tonight I went to State Line Bar & Grill to see James Meadows’ show. It’s something I’ve been telling myself I was going to do for more than two years. In fact, it was October, 2010, when I first told you all about James. He is an ASCAP affiliated Singer/Songwriter and Nashville Recording Artist who currently resides in Abingdon, VA. I had never seen him perform live – with or without his band. I had listened to his music online, visited his web site, saw him on YouTube, met him at one of our local fairs, and I liked him enough that I wanted to share him with my readers. If you missed that article, you can read that article by clicking here. Now that I’ve had the opportunity to watch James on stage, you are all going to get to hear more about this very talented young man.
But before I get into that, I really need to tell you a little bit about the State Line Bar & Grill in Bristol, Tenn. This was my first visit to the State Line. It probably won’t be my last. The historic old building that houses the State Line Bar is beautiful, topped off with what is no doubt the original stamped-metal ceiling. The staff was friendly and the service was great. And the food was very good, and very filling! No skimping on the portion size in this place. From sandwiches to steaks, and just about everything in between, the food itself was worth the trip to Bristol. I’m also going to take just a second here to thank Marcus, who was tending bar and made sure I had a great table right next to the stage; and our waitress, Holly, who couldn’t have been more attentive – keeping our glasses full, and making sure we had everything we needed.
If any of you aren’t familiar with the city of Bristol, Tenn./Va., Here’s a very brief explanation of that city. State Street, where the State Line Bar & Grill is located, is literally the border between Virginia and Tennessee. And, the City of Bristol is located in both states. One side of the street you’re in Tennessee; cross the street, and you are in Virginia. The picture above is a sign that you can find in many places in Bristol.
It isn’t often I start a post by telling you about the venue and the city, but both I felt were worth mentioning. Now, here’s what I thought of the artist, his music, and his performance. This is what you will get when you go to a James Meadows show. What you get is Gary Allen, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Otis Redding, Eli Young Band, Kenny Chesney, Doug Stone, Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Elvis, CCR, Willie Nelson, Chris Young, and even a little bluegrass. He covered those songs as if he had written them. He did songs by other artists as well. It’s just that he did so many, I can’t remember them all. And, of course he did some of his original songs, too.
Tonight’s show was an acoustic performance. He didn’t have his band. He accompanied himself on guitar. And he did it really well. He sang Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” and, if you did close your eyes – you might have believed you were listening to Keith Whitley. Not so much vocally as professionally. The song was that well done.
James works with his audience, trying to do all of their requests, and of course taking time to visit with them when he took a break. However…’taking a break’ is really not part of what James does. He is on stage to entertain, and rarely takes a break during his show. He loves what he does, and the audience obviously loved what he does, too.
His new CD, “Keepin’ It Real” gives you 11 songs; including several James wrote; and the old Randy Travis’ song, “Forever and Ever, Amen”. The songs on this CD are: Like a Radio, Somebody Up There Likes Me, I Get To, Forever and Ever Amen, All I Ever Wanted, Knock Knock, They Walk on Your Heart, Keepin’ It Real, Feelin’ Good, Sad Songs Make Me Smile, and People Need People. You can find more Information about this CD on James’ website. For the record, my favorite song is “All I Ever Wanted.”
So what have we got with James Meadows? We have a very talented musician/singer/songwriter, who likes what he does, and does it well. He spends time with his fans, and appreciates all the people who come to watch him perform. I hope you will all visit his pages, and let me know what you think of his music.
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