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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