On Friday Night, Oct. 2, Mallary Hope and Easton Corbin each did acoustic performances at the Paramount Theater in Bristol, Tenn. When I went to the show, my intention was to take pictures, get an autograph, meet these two talented kids, write a short review, and put up one post about both of these new country artists at the same time.
But after seeing the shows, I quickly realized this is going to take two posts to tell you about what I saw and heard at the Paramount. So this write-up will just be about Mallary. The next one I do will be about Easton.
We’ve all heard Mallary’s debut single, “Love Lives On,” and a lot of us have gone to YouTube and heard “Times Like These”. If you’re like me, you probably even clicked on the YouTube link that took you to her rendition of Journey’s “Faithfully,” which we got to see her do live on Friday. If you somehow missed seeing her “Love Lives On” video, click here to watch. It’s great.
So I knew before I went that the girl can sing. But what I didn’t know is just how good she really is. I sat and watched her set with one word running through my mind – Wow! She is an amazing talent with powerful vocals. MCA Records definitely got a good one with Mallary Hope.
Mallary did more than sing. She talked to her audience, told stories, invited one of her fans up on stage to sing with her (actually, she invited anyone who wanted to join her), and she has the stage presence of a seasoned veteran. I enjoyed hearing her talk about her first flight out on the ‘red eye’, and her first trip in a tour bus. I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of ‘firsts’ in this young lady’s future.
Following the show, Mallary came out to the lobby, signed autographs, posed for pictures, answered questions from fans, and when she ran out of pictures she made sure she got the name and address of everyone who missed out, so she could mail them one when she got back to Nashville.
She opened her set with a song she wrote, called “Wise Beyond Your Tears”. It was written about her sister, who got pregnant at age 17. Mallary is definitely a good writer. And I believe that as long as she continues to write songs based on life experiences (be they her own experiences or those of family members and friends), she will continue to write great songs.
Accompanied by Michael Hill on guitar, we got to hear Mallory sing one of REO Speedwagon’s hits, and also the Journey hit, “Faithfully.” I had heard her do that on a YouTube clip, but really enjoyed seeing her do it live.
She is on an eight week radio tour right now, and said her debut album should be released early in 2010. The CD hasn’t been named yet, but she hinted that it might be called “Blossom in the Dust,” which is the title of a great song she sang on Friday. I know I’ll be anxiously awaiting the release of this CD, and also looking for places not too far away that I might have a chance to see her in perform again soon.
I have a lot of pictures to put up here from Friday night, so just click on “Read the rest of this entry below,” to see more shots from Friday night at the Paramount.
Can’t close this without thanking WXBQ radio for their part in bringing this great artist to our area. Be sure to check out WXBQ online, and listen to its great on air staff. We had Reggie Neel, Richard Quillen, Marcus Brooks and Marc Tragler at the show last night, along with Operations Manager, Bill Hagy. Thanks, guys!
I’ll get something up about Easton real soon. You guys enjoy your Sunday, and drop me an e-mail when you can. Love hearing form all of you!