Have you have ever heard a song or two on the radio, and thought they were great songs. Then decided you would like to see that artist in concert, only to discover when he sang them on the stage in front of you, they didn’t sound like those songs you really liked on the radio. If you have, you probably walked away from that concert more than a little disappointed. That didn’t happen tonight at our Appalachian Fair.
Tyler Farr was the headliner on the Main Stage at our fair tonight. Tyler Farr, who gave us great radio hits like Whiskey In My Water, Redneck Crazy, and his current single, A Guy Walks Into A Bar. When Tyler walked out on that stage tonight, and started to sing, you knew it was Tyler Farr. What you were hearing was the same sound that you hear when his music comes out of your CD player, or your favorite radio station. There aren’t a lot of artists who are really as good live as they are on a recording, Tyler Farr is.
Tyler is an energetic performer. His interaction with his audience goes far beyond tossing a few guitar picks into the crowd. Tyler shakes as many hands as he can, while using every inch of the runway that jetted from the stage out to the sound booth. At one point, he got off the stage and made his way to the bleachers to make his way through that crowd, getting close to his fans. At another point in the show, he danced with a young girl near the front of the audience, and got down in the audience again. The fans loved it, and it seemed like Tyler was having a good time, too.
We got a good look at some of those very talented musicians who shared the stage with Tyler, as they also made use of that runway, stepping out into the audience to perform. Alongside of Tyler were Gary Jannaman, lead guitar; Dirk Weaver, steel/guitar; Mark Poiesz, drums; and Tracy Goode on bass.
He had a Meet & Greet before the show; came out and did a 90-minute concert, followed by a 4-song encore, and still left his crowd wanting more. No one was bored, no one was ready to go home. I saw people in Tyler’s audience from infants to senior citizens, and all of them looked like they were having the time of their life!
The day started out stormy, but fortunately, by 3:00 p.m., the rain moved out of the area, and left us with a cool, breezy, sunny afternoon/evening. The weather was perfect, the show was great.
Brinley Addington opened the show for Tyler tonight and will be back on stage tomorrow night to open for Thomas Rhett. We’ve written a lot about Brinley over the past few years, and will get something up about his Fair appearances soon. It’s always great having Brinley in town. He’s a Kingsport, Tenn., native who now lives in Nashville.
Going to close with a few more pictures from tonight’s show. Any of you who missed this really missed an awesome night of great entertainment! I hope you will get Tyler on your list of ‘concerts I want to go to’ real soon.
In addition to Tyler’s web site, be sure to check out his Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there! You can also follow him on Twitter @tylerfarr. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we invite you to do that, too. You will find us @countryschatter.
It’s the beginning of a very long week, but I will be back with more soon!