Dalton and the Sheriff’s Top 10 Songs

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Hey everyone!  Welcome back to another Thursday Thoughts here with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast.

Today we are brining you some of the best Dalton & The Sheriff’s songs according to me!  

These guys are absolutely incredible and a Boston heavy act from playing Harborlights (or whatever it’s called this year) last summer to playing the beautiful new MGM Music Hall Fenway this coming Saturday (get your tickets now) to the Bell in Hand to Fete Music Hall in Providence to Nashville to shitty gigs in Mississippi, just to say they made the drive.  These guys have been everywhere!  Go see them whenever they are near you, or take the trip to New England, it will be worth it….trust me.

But here is our Top 10 Dalton & The Sheriff’s Songs:

PS) ‘Luckier By Half’ is the best album from anyone in the last 10 years, and no not just locally.  These songs could be interchanged anywhere.  They’re all great…but let’s try here.  I don’t think many of these will have a commentary.  I mostly want you to hear this music honestly.

10) Cheap Guitars 

9) The Strummer 

8) Cheap Seats

7) Take My Hand

6) Bones

5) Her Good Name

4) A Few More Almosts

3) Flying Blind


1) Sunday Nights

I honestly don’t have much to say about these songs because I think they say enough on their own.  The top 5 really hit me right in the feels because I feel it personally when I hear these songs.  I am curious as to what you think of them as well!  What songs did I miss?  What songs are on here do you think shouldn’t be?

I hope to see you all Saturday!  Feel free to say hey!

Cheers ya’ll

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Chris Lane at Bold Point Park Review

Concert Review Time

Hey everyone!  Thanks for checking out this review of Chris Lane and Dalton & The Sheriff’s at Bold Point Park in East Providence RI!

As always, a HUGE thank you to our friends over there a Bold Point and Waterfront Concerts for having us at all these shows and letting us be a part of what they’re doing there.  We absolutely love this venue right on the water, great place to see a show with the city skyline behind you and a very intimate setting.  Absolutely love it!

We have already done a Chris Lane review earlier this year on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cysjxAl5g3Q&t=1s … this was the first YouTube review we did…maybe we will get back there soon.  Probably should.  

This show was much different than that.  No big production, nothing fancy.  There was smoke and such, but nothing crazy.  But we will get to Chris’s set here in a minute.

First, I wanted to talk about another band we have reviewed; Dalton & the Sheriff’s.  You can find that review here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HKpXk_NG6Y .  Again another show that was completely different this time around. 

Historically the guys in Dalton like to bust my chops about the over abundance of covers the first time I saw them.  Well, this time. Only 1 … and a half!  I saw the guys backstage before the show and it was the first thing, they said to me.  I found it pretty comical.  Before the show we got to hang and shoot the shit and catch up and I appreciate those guys so much for having me and letting me hang out, it was a blast.

With that being said, this review has NOTHING to do with our friendship or the way they treat me and have treated me.  But this was the best sounding live show I have seen in a long time.  Not for an opener or local (regional act) but everyone.  They were spot fucking on.

They opened the night with an hour long set too, that NEVER ever happens in these situations so I was psyched to hear and see that.  I know I said I was going to put in setlists for the reviews, unfortunately I don’t have one for them.  I guess I could have asked, but this article is too far gone and written to stop and start again or add it in.  Maybe we’ll add it to the article if we get it.  

I will say, if you’re anywhere and they are too, GO SEE THEM!!!!  You won’t be disappointed.

After a relatively quick stage change, or maybe it was quick because I was socializing, it was time for Chris Lane.

The last time I saw him he was great.  High energy, great sound, so on and so forth.  Unfortunately, this time some of that was lacking.  The energy was there.  100% can not take that away. However, his voice sounded like shit.  It was horse and he sounded just sick, which he may have been but the vocal range was not there that night.  Not even close.  I made mention about it to a friend that saw him two nights later and said his voice was fine, so maybe it was just a bad night vocally.

The band was great, and we got some great photos as well!  Overall, the crowd was definitely into it which is always the point.

I do want to mention the set list and the timing of Chris’s set.  From what I gather, Bold Point as a 10PM curfew which is totally fine and great.  He went on at 8:10 ish and got off stage at exactly 9:30. A hour and twenty-minute headlining show.  Not to mention half of it was covers.  I bet you’re starting to see a pattern with me.  Chris Lane has several albums out with at least 10 songs on them.  PLAY YOUR ORIGINALS AS A HEADLINING ACT!!!!!

If you can’t get a full set of originals then please stop headlining and doing big tours.  You want to throw in one or two, fine!  Great!  But HALF THE SET?!?!  

Anyway, I don’t want these reviews to sound negative because it isn’t I just have my preferences on set list choices for headliners haha.

Overall, it was nice to see Chris again and always great to see our friends in Dalton & the Sheriff’s.

We have some more shows coming so stay tuned for those reviews coming soon!

Till next time ya’ll Cheers! 

Thank you all for reading along and listening to the show.  Check us out on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitter all of the above.  And check out our website at http://www.bootsandwhiskeyentertainment.com


Morgan Wallen and Hardy Concert Review

Concert Review Time

Hey everyone!  Thanks for checking out this review of The Dangerous Tour featuring Morgan Wallen, HARDY, and Kameron Marlowe.

I know I have been beating ya’ll over the head with all things Morgan Wallen and company lately, but this will be the last thing on it for a while.  Unless something major happens.

First a big thank you to Live Nation and Morgan Wallen’s team for having us out to the show on Thursday August 11, 2022 at the Xfinity Center (aka Great Woods) in Mansfield MA.  It was a great night and a nice 20K sell out for the guys.  Love to see a country show sell out here in Boston.  

We got there a little early for some tailgate cheese burgers and some Miller Lites, because who doesn’t like to start a show that way?  After a couple burgers and libations, we made our way to the box office to pick up the tickets.  Now, we never know where the tickets will be.  For Tim McGraw we were in Section 8, small club shows we typically have General Admission which honestly, we could be sitting on the moon and we are just so humbled and appreciative of the opportunities to do all of this.  We get to the box office and we find out it was Morgan’s team that issued the tickets, so a big thank you there!  The seats were incredible as you can see from the photos below.

I had to get there in time for Kameron Marlowe.  I’ve been a big fan of his for a while now and although some things fell through with him this past weekend.  We won’t hold it against him.  We’ll still give a good review because it’s what is deserved.  I am teasing brother, but in all seriousness incredible to see him live.  

Marlowe played 8 songs in total.  He played all of the songs most people would know if they listen to country music from ‘Sober as a Drunk’ to his biggest hit to date ‘Giving You Up’.  Every song and every line were delivered with ease and excitement.  It was nice to see such a great talent get the chance to open for such a huge tour.  I see Kameron really exploding in the next year or so.  Kameron is going on tour this fall and if he’s coming near you, he is a must see.  I would list out the setlist like I am going to do for the others, but I can’t find a reliable source on it, but if you have it, please let me know and we’ll update the article! 

Now, do I need to tell you much about HARDY?  Everyone knows my new found love for this dude.  We saw him back in April acoustic and he killed.  The expectations were high here.  Needless to say, he did not disappoint.  Not one bit.  He played all the songs you would expect as you can see from the setlist below:

  1. Sold Out
  2. TRUCK
  3. BOOTS
  7. Jack
  9. God’s Country

(Blake Shelton cover)

  1. 4X4

This is a solid set by all means!  I am not sure he could have picked a better 11 songs.  Some songs I love were left off like ‘ROCK’ but it is what it is.  Can’t win them all.  HARDY’s full band energy is unmatched.  Absolutely unmatched.  This dude brings it every time to every show.  He may be the best song writer in the game right now.  He could have played two hours and never would have been upset about it.  He may have stole the show….shhhh wait, don’t be mad….keep reading and I will explain.

After HARDY, we had the man himself, Morgan Wallen.  I have to say, it was great to see Morgan on this huge tour.  His set was well orchestrated and the song choices were stellar.  He played for about 2 hours as well, which is another thing you don’t see much anymore.  Most headliners give us an hour and a half if we’re lucky.  From the looks of it, the set was the same every night, which is fine.  I get it.  The set that night was as followed: Thanks to setlist fm for the setlists.

  1. Up Down
  2. Dangerous
  3. Still Goin Down
  4. You Proof
  5. Silverado for Sale
  6. 7 Summers
  7. Country A$$ Shit
  8. Somebody’s Problem
  9. Chasin’ You
  10. 865
  11. Sand in My Boots
  12. Cover Me Up (Jason Isbell cover)
  13. Thought You Should Know
  14. Flower Shops (Ernest Keith Smith cover)
  15. He Went To Jared (with HARDY)
  16. Warning
  17. This Bar
  18. Don’t Think Jesus
  19. More Than My Hometown
  20. The Way I Talk
  21. Encore:
  22. Heartless
  23. Whiskey Glasses

As you can see, solid solid setlist for sure.  I would have liked to have seen a little more variety in the set, but when you have the biggest album in the universe, you play what’s off of that album.  Makes total sense to have the setlist this way, I am just being a shit.

I mentioned earlier, that HARDY stole the show.  He did, and I say this because one I think Hardy is a better song writer and overall better artist.  I like Morgan Wallen, don’t get me wrong, as any of you know who follow us, knows, I am big Team Wallen guy.  My biggest gripe and again, can’t do anything about it, is that this exact show is all over YouTube.  You could watch the whole thing start to finish and not see a different show.  I don’t understand the folks that go back-to-back nights of tours like this because that’s exactly what you get.  I am not saying it’s bad, I just wish there was a little variety night after night, but I get you can’t do that in a lot of cases on a major HUGE tour like this.  I don’t take that away from the performance at all, the performance and show were incredible.  

Would I see Morgan again?  Absolutely!  Would I rather it in a smaller venue, yup!  But that’s also my preference too.  It will be a long ass time til we see Morgan Wallen in a small venue show and that’s amazing for him and a testament to his talent and success.  I look forward to seeing him again and again.

Thank you again to his team and to Live Nation and of course all of our friends at the Xfinity Center Mansfield.

Till next time ya’ll Cheers! 

Thank you all for reading along and listening to the show.  Check us out on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitter all of the above.  And check out our website at http://www.bootsandwhiskeyentertainment.com


Is Cody Johnson the Modern King of Country Music?

Thursday Thoughts with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to another Thursday Thoughts here with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast.

Today I want to talk about Cody Johnson.  COJO if you will and I will probably refer to him as such through this article.

Living in Massachusetts, we don’t get a healthy dose of what I call “authentic” country music.  We get pop country, which is great.  It has its place and, in these markets, out here, that’s what sells.  We have had COJO on the radio out here when he has had his radio hits with ‘Til You Can’t’ which was Number 1 a while ago as well as ‘On My Way To You’.  But that’s two songs out of his whole catalogue.  Two songs that although great, miss the absolute genius that this man is.

Cojo has been doing this thing for a while now.  Those of you who know his story, know his origins of being a real rodeo cowboy out of Texas and being an absolute bad ass.  If you haven’t yet, go check out ‘Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story’ I believe it’s still on Amazon Prime, definitely worth a watch.  It gives you his whole story, which I don’t have the memory to serve it justice.

Now, back to the lack of COJO in New England.  Some may say, “well he did open of Zac Brown Band” yes, he opened for ZBB.  That’s not a headlining ass kicking show.  To me this is where I am sure COJO shines.  Now mind you, I have never seen him live and hope to someday soon, but I can’t imagine an opening set from him would be the experience I am looking and hoping for.  If memory serves, he also opened for the King at Gillette Stadium as well when he was here a few years ago.  If you don’t know who the King is, then you don’t know Country Music.  Again, an opening slot, I am not interested in that, I want a full show.

Some may say I am being picky and you’re goddamn right.  If I am going to see who I consider the ‘new King’ of country music I am seeing a headlining show.  End of discussion.

I call Cojo the ‘New King of Country’ because I truly believe he is.  This guy is the real deal.  Just listen to his catalog of songs, every song is a country song even the radio songs.  They talk about life, love, and family.  It talks about day-to-day blue collar working man (or women) beer drinking, whiskey shootin’ America.  I LOVE IT!!!!

From the videos I have seen of his shows he’s also not afraid to speak his mind and give his thoughts.  I know I am being a bit of a hypocrite because I publicly say all the time, I don’t want to hear their thoughts and opinions, but the way he does it, and makes it come across is that we are all in this together regardless of views and beliefs and even though he has his, he’s accepting of others as well.  It’s fucking incredible!  More people should take this stance at their shows instead of living in their own bubbles and spewing their belief system onto their audience.  Let them decide what’s best for them.  Anyway, I am not going down this rabbit hole.

Cody carries himself with such grace and a reputation that exceeds that.  This man is what all country artists should be.  I mean that sincerely.  There’s no controversy, really, there’s no trax, there’s no bullshit in the music.  It’s clean, crisp, and country through and through.  It’s rock n roll … to a point … with songs that have a bigger message than I think we really can comprehend.  

This New King of Country needs to start being taken more and more seriously all over the place.  Hell, I could be wrong and maybe he is, but I am going by what I see here in Massachusetts.  Regardless, COJO is the face of this genre to me, and he should be to all of us.

Cheers ya’ll

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Country Music’s New Power Trio is a Problem

Thursday Thoughts with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast

Hey everyone!  Welcome back to another Thursday Thoughts here with the Boots & Whiskey Podcast.  Sorry we missed last week, but with all the reviews and shit, I didn’t want to bombard you with more!

So tonight, we get to see the Dangerous Tour with Morgan Wallen, Hardy, and Kameron Marlowe.

To say the excitement is there would be an understatement.  A big Thank You to Live Nation for this opportunity. We will be doing a full review that will be out I am sure next week.  But for today, I wanted to talk about the Ernest/Hardy/Wallen trio.

I have said it and said it now twice in Ernest reviews that his live show has A LOT to be desired.  With that being said, I honestly think, as a solo artist, he has some of my favorite songs in country music right now.  Tunes like, ‘Cheers’; ‘American Rust’; ‘Sugar’; ‘Flower Shops’; ‘Tennessee Queen’; the list goes on and on.  These songs are absolutely fantastic and very much country in sound and in story-telling.  When it comes to a songwriter, I don’t think Ernest Keith Smith, gets enough credit.  Sure he has written the forementioned tunes but has written so many other songs for other artists.  

We obviously know the Morgan Wallen songs he has written from ‘Heartless’ to ‘Somebody’s Problem’ (which is one of my favorite MW tunes) and others.  He has even written for Chris Lane, Kane Brown, and Florida Georgia Line.  Ernest has writing credits on some of the biggest songs in country music over the last few years.  Like I said, Ernest is an artist the genre is sleeping on and the masses are sleeping on as well.  Just wait for Ernest to BLOW UP!  You heard it here for on the B&W Podcast Blog.

We then of course have HARDY.  Oh Michael Hardy, this dude…fuck.  This dude has the star power, the song writing and the vocal chops to hold his own in country music and rock and roll.  Remember back in April we saw HARDY acoustic in Boston and he blew the roof off of Big Night Live.  I can not wait to see him full band later tonight.  I have HIGH hopes for that portion of the show.

Let’s talk about HARDY’s song writing and what he brings to this trio.  He has solo hits like ‘Sold Out’; ‘Give Heaven Some Hell’; ‘Truck’; ‘A Rock’; the list goes on and on and on.  Not to mention all the tunes on HIXTAPE Vol:1 & 2.  Those two albums alone are killer from start to finish.  I would argue that out of the three HARDY is the MOST Rock N Roll.  Obviously country music elements like the story-telling and the topics he sings about, but the overall sound is nothing short of a big Rock N Roll production.  Which is also sort of nice for those of us who grew up in the 90s and early 2000s and that’s what the staples were from Audioslave to Nickelback (yes Nickelback, fuck you, they were great for what they were) it’s incredible to have that energy in the music.  When you listen to everything he’s done so far, you can tell HARDY has what it takes all around, top to bottom.

He’s written songs for Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen (obviously, it’s what the fucking article is about), Chris Lane, LOCASH, Jameson Rodgers, and so on.  He’s really making a mark on the genre and some of the best artists in the game today.  Also, don’t sleep on Jameson Rodgers.  He’s coming for ya too.  His popularity is gaining traction but look out in the next year or so for Jameson.  Goddamn.

Now Morgan Wallen.  Where do we even start.  Oh, I know where.  Probably for my initial annoyance of him.  Before ‘Dangerous’ came to the masses.  My oldest song used to sing ‘Whiskey Glasses’ at the top of his lungs every day every chance he could.  Needless to say, the song got old, and my resentment for MW was very prominent at the time.  Off of Wallen’s debut album ‘If I Know Me’, there were several great songs, including ‘Up Down’ which is much better without FGL, ‘The Way I Talk’ and as we mentioned ‘Whiskey Glasses’.  

Morgan started to get noticed with this album from 2018 and I am probably speaking out of turn, but fame hit Wallen like a ton of bricks.  As he’s getting going, a pandemic forces him to stop, get off the road, and produce one of the best albums in the last ten years with ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’.

I remember hearing this album for the first time and loving songs like ‘Sand in My Boots’; ‘865’; ‘Your Bartender’ and hell pretty much every other song on the album.  There was something about the songs and how the blended and the sentiment of these songs.  The sense of heartbreak, the feeling of figuring out life, and navigating a world we don’t know how to until faced with certain situations.  

This bad boy of country is no stranger of controversy and I think a lot of these songs give us a glimpse as to why that is.  Remember back before the “incident” he was supposed to be on SNL and got pushed because he went to a party in Alabama.  He’s a young guy with the world by the proverbial balls and not to mention a huge Fame and constant media attention.  What did we really expect?  Honestly, what did we expect.  

Now, I wasn’t going to acknowledge the elephant in the room when talking about Morgan Wallen and his comments to his friend drunk at his home.  But I need to.  I also know I am probably going to piss some people off with what I am about to say, especially seeing the horse has been beaten to death, but I feel it important to say.  

Do I support or think it’s ok to use racial slurs?  No of course not.  In this house, my kids know better than to say words like that and how they make others feel.  And that goes for all derogatory terms towards anyone.

Do I think Morgan Wallen is a racist because he said the “N Word”.  Not in this life time or the next.  This is a PERFECT example of throwing stones at glass houses.  Everyone crying to cancel Morgan and all the shit that was said or tried to be done to him was insane.  You CAN NOT look yourself in the mirror and say “I am free from this mess because I have never said one thing that could be seen as off color or insensitive to someone else.”  If you’re saying “well yes I can.”  You’re full of shit or a complete saint that has their one-way ticket already punched and laminated in gold.  

I truly believe that’s why there’s been such a rally behind this guy.  I think the masses knew his intentions and saw a little of themselves in the situation.  The difference he’s famous, the majority of people aren’t.

I am psyched to see this show tonight.  I am psyched to see MW sell out Great Woods in Mansfield, MA.  I can’t wait to report back to yall how it was. 

Cheers ya’ll

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LANCO at Off the Rails Concert Review

Concert Review Time

Hey ya’ll !!!   We have FINALLY caught up on all our reviews!  This one is actually current and not even a week old as I am writing it!  We had the pleasure and opportunity to cover LANCO at Off the Rails in Worcester, MA on July 29, 2022!

First off, a HUGE thank you to Amy and the staff at Off the Rails.  This place is absolutely incredible!  If you haven’t been you need to go!  It legit is a slice of Nashville in Worcester.  They have a great menu with Nashville inspired food and they have our favorite, a hell of a whiskey selection.  Every Wednesday you can see our dear friend Jared Reinert there in the dining room along with many other local acts throughout the week.  Don’t miss this place.

Now, I am going to get a little somber, but this was our first trip back to Off the Rails since the sudden passing of our friend here at the show, Eric Lindquist.  Eric was the man over there at Off the Rails.  He did It all.  Most importantly to us, he gave us a chance.  He allowed us to come to shows and get a glimpse into the venue world looked like and how to do all the behind-the-scenes stuff and gave us an idea on what we needed to do to do the Concert Review portion of this show.  

Luckily, we now have someone in Amy who is just as great as Eric to bring us back to the Off the Rails family and we are ecstatic to be a part of it all.  So, stay tuned for many more shows from this incredible brand-new venue in Central Massachusetts.

The venue itself holds a couple of hundred people and is a great place to see an intimate show of some of your favorite artists!  And who knows, maybe we can get some of our friends from our show to come to Worcester and play too!

OK!  On to the show!

We got there a little early and were able to see sound check of LANCO and their opener, a local guy named Eric Marcs.  It was really cool to see sound check in a small club.  I have seen it in bigger places but small like that was interesting to see the interactions between the band and the local sound guys.

My friend Samantha came to help on this show take pictures, that we will be posting soon!  A big thank you to her!

Now, we did get to see a few of Eric Marc’s tunes, which sounded great, but during his set we were with LANCO getting an interview and podcast episode we have now released!  Go check it out on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, legit anywhere! We had a great time with those guys and the episode came out absolutely fantastic! A big thank you to them and their TM Max and Amy at Off the Rails for getting it set up for us.  Cheers to you all!

Once the interview was over, it was time for LANCO to hit the Off the Rails Stage!  We were super close to the stage and everyone who has ever been to a show that close, you know the sound isn’t perfect.  So I moved around and the guys sounded absolutely incredible.  They brought stadium sized energy to a small intimate venue.  It was incredible.  A few songs in and the guy’s lost power on stage so there was a brief intermission while they got that cleared away.  Show biz is crazy sometimes! 

I thought this little delay would take some of the wind out of the crowd and the band, but no one missed a beat.  True professionals right here for sure.

The show started about 8:40 and LANCO walked off stage about 10:30 give or take a few minutes.  The show flew by.  They did a nice little acoustic performance in the middle of the crowd which I always love to see!  It makes it special for people for sure, especially the ones in that area.

From start to finish, the crowd and band were in line, the energy was incredible and of course they played all their hits and some other great songs as well.  Nothing missed, I can’t even believe how incredible it was.  I was very pleasantly surprised how great they were.

This was our second time seeing them, the first was opening for Luke Combs ironically enough across the street from Off the Rails at the DCU Center a few years before that.

I can’t wait to get back to Off the Rails and to see LANCO again.

Again a HUGE thank you to everyone who made this night a huge success!

Till next time ya’ll Cheers! 

Thank you all for reading along and listening to the show.  Check us out on Spotify, Apple Podcast, Amazon Music, iHeart Radio, Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitter all of the above.  And check out our website at http://www.bootsandwhiskeyentertainment.com


Country 102.5 Music Fest feat. Dierks Bentley and Elle King

Concert Review Time

Hey ya’ll !!!   I have been super busy and totally slacking on these concert reviews and getting them on YouTube and such so I am just going to just make blogs for them and maybe later on do a whole “End of Summer Shows” recap?  I don’t know yet, but this review is about Country 102.5s Country Music Festival featuring Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Travis Denning.

First off, I have to thank everyone at Country 102.5 here in Boston for this experience.  A big thank you to my dear friend and show Alum Alison Sawhill for having me as her guest the night of the show.  This experience was unlike any other I have ever been a part of.  This station knows how to treat its guest, I will say that!

The night started with the opportunity to be a part of some interviews for the DJs on their shows.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get there that early, but we were able to take part of the mingling with the other guests.  The radio station, like I said treated us right and the hospitality was absolutely incredible.  The seats weren’t bad either!  I mean really whenever you’re invited to a show or get the chance to cover a show, it doesn’t matter where the seats are.  I even got to meet some great friends while I was there as well!  A big shout out to them!

Now, to the show.  First off as Travis Denning.  If you haven’t seen Travis or know who Travis is…get on that bus right now and check him out.  It amazes me he isn’t bigger than he is.  We saw him open for Brothers Osborne last year and he’s only gotten better!  To me, his set wasn’t long enough and he should have been the second headliner, but that’s my bias for sure.  He has a local kid Matt Davidson playing guitar for him as well.  We have reached out to the Denning camp several times for interviews and timing hasn’t been right.  We gotta get this guy on!

After Travis was Elle King.  I am still in absolute shock she is Rob Schneiders daughter.  Totally took me by surprise when I learned this little factoid at the show.  You all know Rob Schneider, he’s been in almost every Adam Sandler movie to date.  Anyway, I have to say this.  I was hugely disappointed that Ashley McBryde had to cancel her time on this part of the tour.  However, Elle was pretty good.  I didn’t see her full show as I was mingling and doing other things that we needed to do, but she was definitely entertaining and a great way to Segway into Dierks Bentley.  I am not really sure what to say about Elle King because her music doesn’t speak to me much.  ‘Exes and Ohs’ is a cool tune and so is ‘Drunk’ but it’s not what I would consider country sounding.  It’s rock and roll for sure.  She has a soulful voice, she just doesn’t speak to me.  I don’t get the country connection.  But that’s always my complaint here huh?  It’s not ‘country enough’.  Whatever, I don’t think it is.

The man of the hour, Dierks Bentley.  For those of you who know me, Dierks is one of my top country artists of all time.  I know most of you just made a face.  But I absolutely love this dude.  Now, I will say this, the new Dierks releases.  No thanks.  But old Dierks.  Before 2019 Dierks.  Give it all to me.  He mixed it up with song choices between old and new and it was a great show!  I specifically loved the Hot Country Knights encore they did.  That was something I didn’t expect at all.  They did a tour I believe before Covid and I wish I saw it, or maybe it was planned for 2020.  I don’t remember but a full show of them would have been pretty sweet too!  

Dierks to me is timeless.  Maybe because he was the first person I really heard when starting to get into the genre or it was something else, but to me this guys is Gold.  Ha see what I did there cause his latest release is called ‘Gold’….don’t hate me.  I have now seen Dierks, three times and every time it gets better.  I look forward to the next time we see him!

Again a HUGE thank you to Country 102.5 and their team over there!

Till next time ya’ll Cheers! 

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Chris Young Concert Recap

Hey ya’ll !!!   I have been super busy and totally slacking on these concert reviews and getting them on YouTube and such so I am just going to just make blogs for them and maybe later on do a whole “End of Summer Shows” recap?  I don’t know yet, but this review is of the Famous Friends Tour!  This show had Ernest, Mitchell Tenpenny and Chris Young as our headliner.

This was the first of many shows we got to be a part of with our friends over at Waterfront Concerts and Bold Point Park in East Providence Rhode Island.  So, a BIG thank you to them for their amazing hospitality as well as our friends over at Live Nation!  Without these folks, this review wouldn’t even be possible!

So here we go!  

If you have watched the You Tube Reviews you know we have already seen Ernest when he opened for Chris Lane at the House of Blues earlier this year.  This take on Ernest is going to be eerily similar to that one.  I will say that I was psyched to see him again.  We just need to see Morgan Wallen to finish the trifecta with those guys.  I felt that this show and performance was much weaker than the last time.  It felt forced in some areas of the show and set.  There was a over whelming feeling the crowd was confused as to who he was or why he was singing songs off of Morgan’s album.  These folks that had this sentiment had no idea who he was or why he was, but they were the ones there early to get a good spot for Chris Young.  For myself, I thought that Ernest himself sounded great.  My biggest issue is still with his band.  He needs a real band.  They don’t look like they are actually playing except the drummer!  It all sounds and looks like it’s dubbed with a backing track.  Ernest could be the next big thing, but he has to do a better job at selling himself.  His songs are incredible and he needs to show that side of it.  I thought the song choices for this set were weak compared to the last time I saw him as well.  Overall, I thought Ernest’s set was just meh.  This bums me out because I absolutely LOVE his stuff.  This dude needs to get better at the live game or just write songs and release EPs.  

Once Ernest was over, we got to see Mitchell Tenpenny, who I have been wanting to see for years and he did not disappoint.  He was actually much better than expected.  His energy, his song choices, and his ability to move a crowd were all worthy of a headlining spot.  This dude can really perform and I loved every moment of his set.  The best part came when the set was just about over and the skies opened and the rain came coming down.  Tenpenny really ate that shit up and the energy in the whole place just erupted!  There’s not much more to say about this set other than it was fantastic and a complete joy and pleasure to see and hear.

After the two openers we get to Chris Young, the man we are here to see!  I have been a huge fan of his for years and I have wanted to see him for a long time.  His music and his lyrics just hit me in the feels.  He is a purist when it comes to the lyrics and that country music sound.  I absolutely love everything he has released and his catalog as a whole is absolutely incredible.

Now, with that being said the next part hurts my heart to even say out loud or in print because I do not want to come off as an asshole because I love Chris and what he’s doing.  BUT …. As a headliner, absolute snooze fest.  In all of my years seeing country shows and shows in general, I have never seen a headliner as boring as this and I have seen James Taylor.  It was like watching a statue sing.  I have to admit, it was not at all what I expected.  I am not used to a country artist standing in place like that at his age with the level of songs he has.  Even Ed Sheeran moves around and he’s by himself.  Hardy as sick as he was moved around more than Chris did.  It was so disheartening.  If we weren’t there in an official capacity that night for Bold Point, I would have left mid set and beat the traffic getting out.  The music and set list choice was great, but as a performer, would not recommend seeing live.  Sorry Chris, maybe it was an off night.  At least I hope so! 

A big thank you again to our friends at Bold Point and Waterfront Concerts for this experience.  If you’re in the area and want to see an outdoor show at a great intimate outdoor venue, check out Bold Point Park, you won’t be disappointed.

We will be giving away tickets to the remaining shows this summer including Chris Lane, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, and Brett Eldridge, so stay tuned on our socials and like and share and see if you win your way in to one of these great shows! 

Till next time ya’ll Cheers! 

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