Friday night, May 16, 2014, sounds like a great time of year for an outdoor concert. And, there is not better place for an outdoor concert than our Amphitheater at Steele Creek Park in Bristol. I’ve been to a lot of shows at this venue. That’s where I saw Jerrod Niemann for the first time; and Jason Michael Carroll, and Meghan Mullins, and Brinley Addington, and many others. Last night – The Swon Brothers.
This was not my first Swoncert. So, I knew I was in for some fantastic entertainment. I saw these two last summer at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, Tenn. They not only put on a great show, they were great kids. Knowing what I knew about them, I wasn’t about to miss the show last night. But, it seems Mother Nature had a different set of plans for all of us.
By the time Zach and Colton took the stage, clouds had really thickened up. People with SmartPhones were telling us that it was already hailing in Kingsport, and it was headed our way. It wasn’t looking good. By the third song, we were trying to shoot pictures through raindrops, and attempting to see the show through an overhead sea of umbrellas – everyone was doing their best to keep at least a little bit dry. We failed miserably…..None of us kept dry, none of us kept warm, none of us were comfortable, but every one of us was having a great time!
(Above video from The Swon Brothers Facebook page).
Thanks to the folks at Steele Creek Park, the sound was fantastic, and even through the pounding hail, we could hear great. Colton and Zach were definitely planning ahead, and decided to do “Later On” right away, just in case the show had to be stopped because of the weather. It was really bad out there, but a lot of us stuck it out, and stayed as long as the kids were able to perform.
I am so glad I went. In spite of the bad weather, the evening gave me an opportunity to confirm a few things I already know about the Swon Brothers. I know they can sing, I know they are comfortable on stage in front of a lot of people, I know they care as much about their fans now as they did the first time I saw them. After an evening of ‘cold and wet’, they announced from stage that they would be going over to the lodge for autographs and pictures, and they would stay as long as they needed to to give every fan the opportunity to get a photo and an autograph. They are as gracious, appreciative, and caring now as they were before they found their way to the stage of The Voice. I didn’t stay for the autographs, but I did have a chance to talk to Zach and Colton at the bus before they headed to the lodge. I am sure they understand that I was really cold and wet to the point that I had to leave. But, I will be seeing them again in September, when they come to perform at our Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. I hope we get some sunshine for that show.
The was a night of many firsts for me. I even got to see a Drone. I have no idea what it was doing there, but it was flying around over the lake, and I thought it was pretty cool – so I took it’s picture. I’m sure I’m not the only one who was photographing the Drone. Colton jumped down off the covered stage to see what we were all looking up at – and expressed a little concern, because where he is from (Oklahoma), when a crowd starts to look skyward, he starts to think tornado! We didn’t have a tornado last night, but we had hail, and we had wind, and we had the Drone. Everything you needed to make a very interesting night at Steele Creek Park.
For any of our local folks who have never been to a show at Steele Creek, I hope you will keep an eye on their schedule, and be sure to get out there some nice spring or summer evening to see what they have going on. And, if you are going on a night when a country act is on stage, you will be sure to see our friends from WXBQ, and that WXBQ Rabbit somewhere in the area. The folks at WXBQ play a big part in bringing some of country music’s biggest stars to our region.
Here are a few more pictures from last night’s show.
Be sure to visit The Swon Brothers web site, and their Facebook page, too. You can also follow them on Twitter @TheSwonBrothers. And remember, if you aren’t following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
Time to curl up somewhere warm, it feels like fall out there tonight!