Country 92.5’s 2013 Concert for St. Jude’s Kids

Country 92.5 Presents the 2013 Concert for Kids
Dustin Lynch, Jerrod Niemann, Jana Kramer,
Randy Houser & Courtney Drummey
Cadillac Ranch, Stonington, CT
February 25, 2013

Each year, Connecticut’s Country Music radio station puts together an acoustic show at the Cadillac Ranch, in Southington, CT.  The show is a benefit for St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis, TN, a charity country music singers have always greatly supported.  This year’s show included Jerrod Niemann, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, and Randy Houser.

Before the show, the ticket holders lined up in the cold to get entry to the Cadillac Ranch.  Jerrod Niemann appeared and walked up and down the line greeting fans, taking photos, and making jokes.  I caught up with him and cracked some jokes about the time we spent on the Blake Shelton Cruise this past October (see:  He joked with me, saying: “those were better, warmer times.  Also blurrier times”.  I thought this accessibility to the fans was a classy move by Jerrod and it made the time spent by the fans on line a lot easier. 

The show consists of a guitar pull, as each of the artists stay on stage the whole time, joining in on each other’s songs.  Jerrod carried the show’s banter, as he added numerous jokes and comments about each of the artists.  He even added a baseball themed song about an old man getting hit by a ball that had everyone cracking up. 

Jana Kramer tried to add into the banter and discussed a bit of her new engagement with Brantley Gilbert.  She got a huge round of applause when she sang her new single “Whiskey” and “Why You Wanna” became an instant sing-a-long with the crowd.  The actress (One Tree Hill, Entourage) turned singer’s live voice has improved each time I have seen her perform.

Jerrod sang his top four hits, including a slower version of his new single, “One God Can Love You More”  The slower, acoustic version added to the beautiful lyrics of the song, which he co-wrote with Lee Brice.  All throughout the show, Jerrod was making jokes, but there is no comedy when it comes to his music as he is a true hit-maker.  When he belted out “Lover, Lover” during the last pull, the crowd may not have been louder all night.

Dustin Lynch had the girls in the crowd straight giddy as I overheard numerous comments about his looks.  But his voice is most impressive about him.  Backed by a ridiculously impressive guitarist from his band, Dustin took us through four of the cuts from his debut album.  But “Cowboys & Angels”, his first #1 single, was the absolute highlight of the whole night.  One of, if not the best country song of the year had all the significant others  in the crowd holding on to each other tight.  I expect great things from him in his career.

Randy Houser has one of the best vocals in music today.  And in the intimate Caddy Ranch, those booming vocals were straight bombastic.  He soared on “Like a Cowboy”, had the place rocking during “Boots On”, and his new single, “Running Out of Moonlight” had people ready to immediately request it on Country 92.5.  The final song of the night was very fitting as his first #1, “How Country Feels” was belted out by Randy as well as every last person in the crowd.

Each of the artists was on point and were quick to acknowledge both Country 92.5 and St. Jude’s Hospital.  I am proud to have donated to St. Jude’s as well as attend this event the past five years.  There was a poster signing at the end of the night, where those who bought the posters could meet the artists and get their signatures.  An overall classy evening where it’s always great to see musicians get together for a worthy cause. 


  1. Good Time Coming On – Jana  Kramer
  2. Baseball Song – Jerrod Niemann
  3. One More Drinkin’ Song – Jerrod Niemann
  4. Dancing in the Headlights – Dustin Lynch
  5. Boots On – Randy Houser
  6. Whiskey – Jana Kramer
  7. What Do You Want From Me -Jerrod Niemann
  8. Cranks My Tractor – Dustin Lynch
  9. Like a Cowboy – Randy Houser
  10. Hope It Rains – Jana Kramer
  11. Only God Can Love You More – Jerrod Niemann
  12. Name On It – Dustin Lynch
  13. Running Out  of Moonlight –  Randy Houser
  14. Why  You Wanna – Jana Kramer
  15. Lover, Lover – Jerrod Niemann
  16. Cowboys & Angels – Dustin Lynch
  17. How Country Feels – Randy Houser


Only God Can Love You More
Cowboys and Angels
How Country Feels

The Blake Shelton & Friends Cruise – A Review in Pictures

The Blake Shelton & Friends Cruise aboard the Norwegian Cruise
Featuring: Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins,
Lee Brice Neal McCoy, Easton Corbin,
Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, Jana Kramer,
Chuck  Wicks, Willa Ford, Tyler Farr, Rae Lynn,
Chris Cavanaugh, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard,
JJ Lawhorn, McKenna Faith, Brinley Addington,
Logan Mize, HER and Kings County, Joanna Smith,
Maggie Rose, Clayton Anderson, Brandon and Leah, and Nik and Sam

1) Miami, Florida
2) San Juan, Puerto Rico
3) St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
4) Tortolla
5) Nassau, Bahamas

Day 1: Miami

Blake Shelton Welcolmes the Crowd
Neal McCoy Performs Poolside during the Sail Away Paty
Hung out with JJ Lawhorn & Chuck Wicks

Blake  Shelton Performs in the Arena

Spoke with Frankie  Ballard & Chris Cavanaugh, two future stars

DAY 2: At Sea
Q&A with Blake Shelton poolside

Frankie Ballard Show by the pool

JJ Lawhorn show at the Spinnaker Lounge

Met Blake Shelton

Randy Houser Show in the Arena

Chris Cavanaugh performed in the Atrium

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Home to the 1st ever Pina Colada

Neal McCoy at the Arena
Neal McCoy and Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge
Lee Brice

 Tyler Farr

 DAY 4: St. Thomas

Jerrod Niemann at the Arena

Tyler Farr withh Jerrod Nieman and Lee Brice at the Atrium

DAY 5: Tortolla and Joste Van Dyke Bay

The famous Soggy Dollar Bar

Brett Eldredge Poolside Concert

Lee Brice at the Arena (Best Concert/Performance of the trip)

Lee brought out Randy Houser, Tyler Farr & Jerrod Niemann for the encore

Chuck Wicks & Chris Cavanaugh in the Lobby Bar

Willa Ford at the Atrium

Tyler Farr at the bar

DAY 6: At Sea

Artist Q&A

Trace Adkins and Neal McCoy at the Pool

Logan Mize performs poolside

Jana Kramer performs in the Lounge

Trace Adkins meet and greet
Lee Brice  meet and greet
Neal McCoy  meet and greet

Easton Corbin  meet and greet

Randy Houser  meet and greet

Jerrod Niemann meet and greet

Trace Adkins at the Arena

Trace Adkins with Randy Houser

Chris Cavanaugh at the Atrium

Neal McCoy – Poolside under the stars

DAY 7: Atlantis, Bahamas

Jana Kramer

Tyler Farr performing in the Atrium

Hanging with Neal McCoy at the Easton Corbin show

Easton Corbin at the Arena

Partying with Willa Ford at the Bliss Nightclub

Artist jam session to finish things off

HERS and Kings County

Good friends, great times

Back to Miami