Country’s Chatter would like to welcome a new concert reviewer, Jennifer Sullivan. This past weekend, Jennifer saw Canaan Smith in concert, and wrote the following review for us – complete with some great photos!
This past Saturday night at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, VA I had the opportunity to attend my very first Canaan Smith concert. Needless to say I hope it will not be my last. This was one of the best concerts I have ever been to! Not only is Canaan a talented singer and entertainer, but he has with him some very talented musicians as well. Matt at the merchant table was kind enough to share with me who all the members of the band were. Performing with Canaan was Luke Berridge on bass, Kenny Fuller and Stephen Whitfield played electric guitars, and on drums Tucker Wilson. Together they put on an amazing show that was so full of energy it kept me and the majority of the audience on their feet the whole time.
Before the show Canaan did a Meet & Greet with a few fans, and fortunately I was one of the lucky ones that got to meet him. I must admit I was a little nervous as I went back to meet him, but as I was greeted with a welcoming smile and handshake those nerves soon went away. Canaan was a “sweet ole country boy”, very pleasant to talk to, and he even complemented that he liked my shoes! I told him that I was very excited for the show and he replied “me too” as he autographed my ticket. We also had our picture taken for his website www.canaansmith.com.
From the moment they took the stage it was literally a nonstop show. Canaan started the show out with his song “Hole in a Bottle.” He informed the audience that he was very excited and happy to be back in Virginia and he wanted to waste no time getting the party started…..and he did just that. We watched as he turned up a bottle of whiskey and took a nice long swig. Now some would say it wasn’t real whiskey in the bottle and it was just part of the show, but oh no, it was the real deal. How do I know? Well, as he finished his drink he then shared it with a fan that went to the front of the stage by pouring it into her mouth. Then he proceeded to “shower” the fans in the front row with the remaining liquor in the bottle, and finally tossing the empty bottle to a gentleman in the front row. From this point on I knew this concert was going to be one to remember.
For the next 60 minutes Canaan performed several of his songs from his debut album along with a few from the album he is currently working on. These included “Stuck”, “One of Those”, “Good Kinda Bad”, “American Muscle” which he dedicated to all of the military men and women, and “Mad Love” which he said he was inspired to write on behalf of the love story of Johnny & June Cash. Some of the new songs we had the opportunity to hear were “Come back to Virginia”, a song about crazy girls, as in Miranda Lambert crazy (not sure the exact name of this song), and “Bloodhound for your Sugar” which was wrote for his wife, who was actually currently traveling with him.
In between songs Canaan shared a little bit of personal information with the audience so we could get to know him better. Canaan was born in Williamsburg, VA and grew up there with 3 brothers and 1 sister. He spent the first 20 years of his life there before moving to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in country music. There he signed with Mercury Records and is currently working on his second album. In his performance tonight he covered a lot of topics including love, relationships, and loss. He shared with us that his brother Nathanial Smith was tragically killed in a car accident at the young age of 16. Canaan was greatly affected by this loss and it was after this event in his life that he picked up the guitar for the first time and began writing songs. He was 11 years old at the time. His song “Bronco” was wrote in memory of Nathaniel. During this song the other band members left the stage, leaving Canaan to perform this song solo. The performance of this song was very moving and while he sang you could witness the sorrow he still felt over the loss of his brother.
The concert started with a bang and ended with a bang, literally. For his last number he performed my favorite song, which is also his first single to reach number one on the charts, “Love You Like That”. He preceded the song by “smashing cancer”. This year Canaan teamed up with St. Jude’s to raise money for cancer research. They are calling this campaign “Smash Cancer”. At every concert he brings out a drum to intentionally beat and smash up. The drum is then placed at the merchant table for auction. The highest bidder not only gets to take home a one of kind souvenir from the show but they are also contributing to a good cause as 100% of the profit is then donated to cancer research. So far this year they have raised over $50,000.
After the show Canaan made his way over to the merchant table to sign any merchandise that had been purchased. It is so nice to see singers taking the time to meet, hug, and sign autographs for their supporting fans.
All I can say for my closing note is this, if there was anyone at the concert that did not know who Canaan Smith was before the show they definitely knew who he was after the show! He definitely knows how to put on a memorable performance.
In addition to Canaan’s website, visit his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. He has a number of other social media links on his website and you will want to check those out as well. You can also follow him on Twitter @canaansmith. If you are not already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
We are going to finish this out with a few more photos, and our thanks to Jennifer Sullivan, for her great review; and to Beverly Campbell Hood who contributed some of the photos used in this post.http://www.countryschatter.com/2016/09/canaan-smith-comes-home-to-virginia/ReviewAbingdon,American Muscle,Canaan Smith,facebook,Good Kinda Bad,Kenny Fuller,Luke Berridge,Mad Love,One of Those,Stephen Whitfield,Tucker Wilson,Twitter,Va.,washington county fair