This past Friday night, Aug. 23, I went to the Appalachian Fair. To be honest, I pretty much take up residency there for one full week, every August. On Friday I was there to see Gretchen Wilson, who was going to be out on the Main Stage at 8 p.m. But, I was also there to see Brinley Addington, a Kingsport, Tenn., native who now makes his home in Nashville. His job these days is actually to entertain country music fans everywhere—and he does his job very well.
I’ve been having so much fun watching Brinley grow in his country music career. Every time I see him he gets better. I watch him on that stage, and I just smile, and I’m not the only one. He knows how to make his audience happy. He knows how to entertain a crowd. And he had a nice crowd on Friday. You can’t watch him perform, and not know that he is going to be headlining his own tour in the not too distant future.
Brinley released his latest single, “Better On A Boat,” on Aug. 13. We got to hear it live on Aug. 23. We got to hear a lot of music from Brinley on Friday night. But even with all that he did, it seemed to me that the people watching him would have been more than happy to let him go on a lot longer. He has a captivating smile, a wonderful personality, and some pretty impressive dance moves. You put all that together with a very talented band, good vocals, and great songs – and you have a show worthy of headliner status. He also has a reputation for going out of his way to let his fans know he appreciates them. Seems to be Brinley Addington understands what it takes to achieve his goals in country music.
The singer/songwriter, Belmont University alumnus was recently signed by Artist Concepts’ in Nashville, where he will have an opportunity to work with creatively talented pros like Chris Young and Anthony Smith. He has signed a publishing contract with Razor & Tie, and in addition to his busy show schedule, he took part in the Blake Shelton & Friends Cruise last Fall. With the way things are going for Brinley, I better make sure my GPS is working properly and plan for a few road trips, because I don’t think he’s going to stay within driving distance much longer.
Going to leave you with a few more photos from Friday nights show. We’ve got the band, the singing, and even a few of those dance moves.