There was no shortage of talent with the room full of music. Due to the rain, the venue made the smart decision to place the two stages inside on opposite ends. In turn, fans were able to see all acts, but only got to see a brief set of the Bluebird Cafe artists.
One of the biggest draws on the secondary stage was Brantley Gilbert. The Georgia native has been making a name for himself as a songwriter and now as a performer. Fans were quick to react to his crowd interaction.
Another fellow Georgia native, Brent Cobb, discussed the success of Georgia musicians. “I believe it is due to the fact we have been able to write what people are living in every day life. It is amazing and great to see the success of folks like Jason Aldean, Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins, Zac Brown Band, Blackberry Smoke, and more. I think people are finally taking notice and it is unbelievable to see the talent.” Cobb is one to watch and has caught the eye of Shooter Jennings, who produced his album after a connection with his cousin, Dave Cobb.
Lee Brice and Randy Houser both provided a trip down the backwoods to a honkytonk roadhouse with their sets. Brice would get the crowd singing along with his hit song, “Love Like Crazy” and “Sumter County Saturday Night.” Houser would let his strong vocals soar throughout his rowdy set, including his hit songs “Whistling Dixie,” “Boots On,” and his take of “Simple Man.”
Jamey Johnson eased up on stage waving to the crowd before jamming to “High Cost of Living.” Rolling through traditional country music, Johnson was a man of few words and let the music do the talking. During “Tulsa Time,” Melonie Cannon joined on stage to sing backup. The crowd was stomping and clapping their hands through the rowdy tune, “That Lonesome Song.”
Texas music was in full swing when Willie Nelson took to the stage, opening with “Whiskey River,” and flowing through the years through his hour long set. With a big Texas state flag as the background, it was evident that Texas music was shining.
Country Throwdown is one of the hot summer concert tours to catch. One of the biggest elements is the emphasis on some of the biggest songwriters and the songs they live. The secret to a good song? Erin Enderlin said it best, “Singing about real life and the truth. When a singer writes about a real life experience, it makes the song easier to relate to for the listener.”
Be sure to check out our exclusive interviews this week from the Country Throwdown Tour artists here on Examiner.com.