If you have ever attended a country concert, sat back in your chair and thought to yourself, “that artist looks like he would rather be anywhere in the world but here,” then you were not at a Craig Campbell show. When Craig took the stage at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, Tenn., on Tuesday night, Sept. 11, he was there to provide a fun, music-filled, exciting evening for his fans. At least we can only guess that was his goal, because that is exactly what he did. Fairs don’t include concerts when they judge events, but it they did, Craig would have been a blue ribbon winner at this fair.
When an artist can get his audience singing, clapping, jumping up and down at their seats, and smiling throughout the whole show, he is definitely doing something right. There is no question Craig’s fans were making a lot of memories. Memories that will most likely stay with them until the next time they see him on stage. Comments from folks exiting the arena after the show were enough to convince us that these people are planning on a next time.
While Country’s Chatter was at Craig’s single release event in Nashville (for “Tomorrow Tonight”, back in 2015), this was the first time these two staffers have ever seen Craig live. We were like any of the other fans at the event, leaving the arena with words like ‘amazing,’ ‘awesome,’ and comments like, ‘ we need to get him at another event near home’ coming out of our mouths.
A few of the songs included in his show were “Outta My Head”, “Keep Them Kisses Comin’,” “Outta My Head,” “Outskirts of Heaven,” “Family Man,” his current hit, “See You Try”, and of course, “Fish” He did a great piano set, which included “Keeper of the Stars,” “The Dance,” and, even the song made famous in the Disney movie, Frozen, “Let It Go”.
Not only is Craig fun to watch, but his band is as well. Bands that work well together always make the entire show much more enjoyable for everyone watching. Those talented men sharing the stage with Craig were: David Karns, bass guitar; Jason Miller,lead guitar; and Joe Meyer,drums.
Craig did do something that just isn’t done much anymore. Older country fans remember when the artist almost always came out after the show to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Many of our veterans still do. But, you just don’t see it very much with the younger country artists. Craig Campbell is to be congratulated for giving so much time to his fans after the show. It means a lot to all of us to have an artist hang around for a while after they worked so hard on stage, and be willing to sign whatever was put in front of them.
To keep up with all the latest Craig Campbell news and find out where he will be appearing next, visit his website and Facebook. He has a lot of other social media links listed on his website, so be sure to check those out as well. And, you can follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.
We are going to close this out with a few more photos from Tuesday night at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville, Tenn. A huge thank for to Craig and his band for a great show. And, an invitation to Craig to join us in east Tennessee again soon.
(Article and photos by Country’s Chatter staff members, Brittany Johnson and Trevor Hensley).
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