Country 92.5’s Concert For Kids 2014

Country 92.5’s Concert For Kids 2014
Cadillac Ranch Restaurant
Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, and the LoCash Cowboys.
 February 25, 2014

 

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 Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery, and the LoCash Cowboys. 

SETLIST

  1. Love This Life – LoCash Cowboys
  2. You Make Me Wanna – Thomas Rhett
  3. Suit & Tie (Cover) – Thomas Rhett
  4. Best Days of Your Life – Kellie Pickler
  5. Buzzin’ – Scotty McCreery
  6. Brought To You By Beer – Cole Swindell
  7. Hey Hey Hey – LoCash Cowboys
  8. Pour Some Sugar On Me (Cover) – LoCash Cowboys
  9. Round Here (Cover) – Thomas Rhett
  10. Selma Drye – Kellie Pickler
  11. Water Tower Town – Scotty McCreery
  12. This Is How We Roll (Cover) – Cole Swindell
  13. Hope You Get Lonely – Cole Swindell
  14. Best Seat in the House – LoCash Cowboys
  15. It Goes Like This – Thomas Rhett
  16. Closer to Nowhere – Kellie Pickler
  17. Feelin’ It – Scotty McCreery
  18. Ain’t Worth The Whiskey – Cole Swindell
  19. You Gon’ Fly (Cover) – LoCash Cowboys
  20. Truck Year (Cover) – LoCash Cowboys
  21. Get Me Some of That – Thomas Rhett with Cole Swindell
  22. Red High Heels – Kellie Pickler
  23. See You Tonight – Scotty McCreery
  24. Chillin’ It – Cole Swindell
  25. Friends In Low Places – Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Kellie Pickler, Scotty McCreery & LoCash Cowboys

This year’s event seemed to draw an even bigger (and rowdier crowd) than in years past.  Broadway and Cory, Country 92.5’s Electric Barnyard morning show introduced the artists and each of them sat on a stool next to each other.  The rest of the night followed a guitar pull, in which each artist takes turns down the line playing a song of their choice.

First up was the LoCash Cowboys.  They are very entertaining performers who tend to blend genres with a Hick-Hop type of vibe.  However, they were most convincing on their emotional song “Best Seat In the House” written for one of the member’s deceased father.  Their final pull was a combination of songs they have written for some of country music’s superstars, Keith Urban (You Gon’ Fly) and Tim McGraw (Truck Year).  The entire crowd was on their feet singing along word for word. 

The second artist was  Thomas Rhett, who has quickly risen from a talented Nashville songwriter to a solo artist with star potential.  He started with “Make Me Wanna” and threw in a little Justin Timberlake/Jay-Z “Suit & Tie” at the end of it.  He, of course, played his #1 hit “It Goes Like This” and sang the #1 song he wrote for Florida Georgia Line, “Round Here”.  He even freestyle rapped on one of LoCash Cowboy’s songs.  However, what I thought was the highlight of the night, was when he and Cole Swindell collaborated on his new single “Get Me Some Of That”, which happened to be co-written by Cole. 

Kellie Pickler was next on the stage and she added some background to each of the songs she sang.  “Red High Heels” got the biggest reaction of all of her songs, but the song about her grandmother, “Selma Drye” stood out the most to me.  It is a true story about her gradmother who she knows she got “her crazy from”.  Kellie was the only woman on stage and more than held her own.  Her voice was soulful and she looked as beautiful as ever. 

 

American Idol alum, Scotty McCreery was next and he ran through a mix of his new songs.  His deep, resounding voice boomed through the speakers on his four songs.  “Water Tower Town” had a huge reaction from the crowd, but it was “See You Tonight” that was arguably the best vocal performance of the night.  He explained to the crowd that it was his first single to make the top 10 and it is still climbing.  I had never seen Scotty live before and I was very impressed with his vocal performance. 

Cole Swindell was last but certainly not least.  He was, by far, the most charismatic of the performers and seemed to get the biggest response from the crowd.  He was into each of his other artists’ songs encouraging the crowd to clap and was constantly pumping his fist.  His songs off his new album such as “Brought To You By Beer”, “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” and “Hope You Get Lonely” got reactions from the crowd as if they had been released for years, not just one week ago.  However, his final song, “Chillin’ It”, which is currently the #1 song in the Nation, got the biggest response.  He was extremely humbled and appreciative of the crowd, his fans, and his fellow artists’ support. 

The night ended with the entire cast singing Garth Brooks’ “Friends In Low Places” with Scotty McCreery taking the reigns on the final “hidden” verse.  After the show ended, the artists sat in line and signed autographs for one hundred fans.  All the money was dedicated to St. Jude’s and the night was a complete and utter success, once again.  I commend Country 92.5 for putting on this annual event which helps such a worthy cause.