The full moon may have been what brightened the sky last night at Bristol, Tennessee’s Full Moon Jam; but, it was Daisi Rain who lit up the stage. With help from guest vocalist, Lexus Shipley, this band gave its audience two hours of great entertainment. Daisi Rain is made up of siblings Cameron Brown (lead guitar, banjo), Donovan Brown (drums and back-up vocals), Amelia Brown (fiddle, mandolin, back-up vocals), and Maurice Rajos (bass guitar). Being without a permanent lead singer wasn’t enough to slow this band down. With a little help from their friends, that position was filled last night by guest vocalist Lexus Shipley. Lexus is half of the duo Railroad Angels. Sister, Cheridan Shipley, makes up the other half of that duo, and these talented young ladies can be found performing at fairs, festivals and events throughout Southwest Virginia and Tennessee.
It can’t be easy to grab a substitute lead vocalist at the last minute. But, when you have a group of hard-working, dedicated, talented musicians like those who make up Daisi Rain, all they needed to do was add a very talented young lady who was willing to devote many extra hours of practice – the proof that it can be done stood on that stage last night.
They bill themselves as an “American country-pop music group”, however, those few adjectives can’t begin to describe how diversified these young musicians are. They opened last night’s show with “Little Red Wagon”. Lexus did a fantastic job covering the Miranda Lambert hit. And, we got our ‘new’ country. The second song we heard was one Nancy Sinatra recorded back in 1966 (nearly half a century ago). That song was “These Boots Are Made for Walking”. With this one, as with the first, Lexus was right on the mark. So, we got a little of our older country-pop right at the start of the show.
Back-up vocalists Cameron and Amelia blended beautiful vocals on songs like “Life in a Northern Town,” “Tornado”, “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Pontoon”. The spectators at this event, who are part of my very senior generation, had the pleasure of hearing a little Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash music as well. Audience members discovered very quickly that there wasn’t anything this group couldn’t do. The cover songs they performed included hits from The Band Perry, Big & Rich, Loretta Lynn and Skylark. The young, and a lot of the young at heart, put on the dancing shoes and spend much of the night dancing.
Daisi Rain can certainly be considered veterans on the stage, having served as openers for artists such as John Anderson, Jerrod Niemann, Craig Campbell, Jana Kramer, Ashton Shepherd and Easton Corbin. Each of them has their own unique talent, which though many hours of practice and patience has helped them to develop into the great entertainers they are today.
With great music, balloons to hand out to the children and fresh cut daisies for adults, the entire evening could not have been made more enjoyable. We are going to end this post with a few more pictures from last night’s show, and an invitation to all of our local folks to keep your eyes open for a Daisi Rain show near you. You won’t want to miss them.
Visit their Facebook page, and listen to clips of some of their music at Reverbnation. You can follow them on Twitter @daisirain. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
Hope everyone is looking forward to a fun-filled weekend. We’ll be back with more soon!