One concert out of the way …. a whole lot more right around the corner. All country music fans will probably agree that the “country music season” is the best season of the year. (Country Music Season for me is May through September … Look out Fairs, here I come!).
They weren’t the headliners, but you wouldn’t have known that from the reception they received. Nominees for “Top New Group” at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, their single “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” has already reached the top 10 on the country music charts. Their self-titled debut album rapidly reached No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums list, and No. 4 on the all-genre chart, The Billboard 200.
Scott’s beautiful alto voice combined with Kelley’s country tenor voice produces a distinct new sound in country music. Those two alternate the lead vocals, and the vocals from instrumentalist Haywood add harmony. Together they give us a totally new sound, which seems to bring country, R&B and even a little rock together in one very attractive package. Proof of their versatility was the performance of the Doobie Brothers “Long Train Running” (“Without Love”).
The concert opened up with “Love’s Lookin’ Good On You,” followed by “Slow Down Sister” and “Home Is Where the Heart Is.” Then, we got to hear a little more of the older rock style when they did Tom Petty’s “Free Falling”. Staying in that mode for the next song as well, it was here we heard the Doobie Brothers song.
They finished out their performance with “Things People Say,” “Lookin’ For a Good Time” and “All We’d Ever Need.” Their current single “Love Don’t Live Here,” was next, and the audience joined in on the vocals. Scott took the lead on “A Woman Scorned” and the group closed out their evening with “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crows.
It was a great show, and I think anyone who attended just to see the headliner got a very pleasant surprise when they heard the group sing. I hope Lady A comes back to this area again soon. Remember to check their web site, www.ladyantebellum.com for information about tours, upcoming CDs and other news about the group.
Jason Aldean was the main act that night. After a bit of stage rearranging, he came out to a stampede of people who crowded the floor area in front of the stage. Old, young, men, women, boys and girls all got as close to Aldean as was possible without having the ability to fly up on stage and join him.
Aldean, famous for his hits “Hicktown,” “Amarillo Sky,” “Johnny Cash” and “Laughed Until We Cried” sang those, as well as many other songs from self-titled CD and his CD Rentless.
He seems to be taking lessons from some other country performers when it comes to getting close to the fans. I’ve seen Trent Tomlinson and Craig Morgan run through the crowds at fair performances, but he is the first one I ever saw get into the audience in a venue like Viking Hall. And Aldean did it the hard way – from the left side of the stage, he climbed up to the lower balcony, ran around a while, shaking hands while singing; then jumped back to the stage, across to the right side to repeat the same for the balcony fans there.
Aldean is about to begin a tour with Tim McGraw. You can check tour dates at www.jasonaldean.com.
There sure has been a lot going on in the world of country music lately, and I apologize for not getting anything up here for the past week. But from time to time things happen, and we just don’t get done what we plan to. But, hopefully, I’ll be back tomorrow with more news for everyone. Keep writing! Love hearing from you all.