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: http://millertimemusicspot.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-blake-shelton-friends-cruise-review.html). 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.
- Good Time Coming On – Jana Kramer
- Baseball Song – Jerrod Niemann
- One More Drinkin’ Song – Jerrod Niemann
- Dancing in the Headlights – Dustin Lynch
- Boots On – Randy Houser
- Whiskey – Jana Kramer
- What Do You Want From Me -Jerrod Niemann
- Cranks My Tractor – Dustin Lynch
- Like a Cowboy – Randy Houser
- Hope It Rains – Jana Kramer
- Only God Can Love You More – Jerrod Niemann
- Name On It – Dustin Lynch
- Running Out of Moonlight – Randy Houser
- Why You Wanna – Jana Kramer
- Lover, Lover – Jerrod Niemann
- Cowboys & Angels – Dustin Lynch
- How Country Feels – Randy Houser