On January 8, 2016, Chase Rice brought his Jack Daniels and Jesus Tour to the nearly sold out Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA. The Cadillac Three and young, up-and-coming artist, Tucker Beathard joined him on the road to help get the crowd ready for what promised to be an incredible night. Each of the three acts brought their own unique flare to the stage, captivating the audience from beginning to end.
Review by Taylor Ostrick
Thomas Rhett recently took a night off from his opening slot on Florida Georgia Line’s huge Anything Goes Tour to play a headlining show at Huntington’s local venue, the Paramount Theater on Long Island. Enthusiastic fans packed the venue to see one of country music’s most promising young stars perform and Rhett rewarded them with the charisma, stage presence and charm that fans have grown to love. His sense of humor, and energy on stage have set him apart from his peers as a performer and make his shows a must see for any country music lover. His concert at the Paramount was no different, as he put on a show that undoubtedly left fans excited for his next Long Island appearance.
As Halloween weekend came to an end, Love and Theft, and Joel Crouse kept the party going at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park New York, a smaller concert venue in the upstate area.
The spike in popularity of country music in New York and the rest of the northeast over the last few years has resulted in an abundance of growth, development and increased appreciation of of the genre by many who may not have given it a chance in the past. New York City’s first county music radio station in decades and their first county music festival ever have arisen from this growth that has also allowed up and coming artists to play in smaller venues on Long Island, NYC and upstate New York. In the past, only the biggest superstars of country music came to Long Island and NYC, and when they did, they played in enormous venues (Madison Square Garden, Jones Beach etc.) that are inaccessible to many due to cost.
After hosting country stars Jake Owen and Justin Moore the last two summers respectively, the Wayne County Fair continued their newfound tradition by welcoming Craig Campbell and Eric Paslay to play for local Pennsylvania fans. Concert goers were also treated to nice weather during the show, a pleasant contrast to the rain and lightening that altered the fairs first show in 2012, and the mild discomfort of the cold weather during the show in 2013. County fairs have always been popular and rewarding environments for country musicians to share their music and for appreciative fans to hear music they enjoy and relate to. This show proved to be no different as fans took a break from fair rides, food, shopping, and farm animals to watch the exciting performances put on by Campbell and Paslay.