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Kenny Chesney Throws Hurricane Party For 59,000 Fans

Concert ReviewsKenny Chesney Throws Hurricane Party For 59,000 Fans

Hurricane rains did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of Kenny Chesney’s fans on Saturday in Foxboro, MA, as 2,000 tickets released on the day of the show were snapped up within minutes despite hurricane warnings, bringing the attendance for Saturday’s show to 59,000 and the total for Chesney’s two sold-out Gillette Stadium shows to over 106,000.

As the first ring of storms from Hurricane Irene showered the capacity crowd in advance of Sunday’s expected storm impact, Chesney celebrated the close of his 2011 'Goin' Coastal' Tour with a triumphant set that included a massive crowd sing-along on "She’s From Boston," a high kicking chorus line by Billy Currington and his band on "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," an audacious version of "Baby Got Back" with Zac Brown Band, and a mid-set award by CMA President Steve Moore to Chesney keyboardist Wyatt Beard as the CMA's first-ever ‘Touring Musician of the Year.’ Chesney was jubilant during the show, calling the Foxboro crowd "one of the loudest and most loving crowds of the tour." Beach balls flew through the air and a sunny spirit prevailed while waves of rain drenched the audience and the performers several times throughout the evening.

Chesney's triumph at Foxboro was an exciting cap to an eventful week for the superstar. On Friday, the artist regaled his fans at the first CMA Songwriter Series event in Boston, an intimate performance chat with a handful of Music Row’s biggest hitmakers. Chesney also made a surprise visit to the Boston College football team the Eagles on Friday following a screening of his documentary ‘The Boys of Fall’, then spent an hour practicing with the New England Patriots but was unsuccessful in attempting to catch passes from Quarterback Tom Brady (Kenny’s only brush with defeat this week.)

Then Friday evening Chesney headed to Foxboro for the first of two capacity shows. Chesney's Sunday, August 28th show had been rescheduled to Friday after a direct hit from Hurricane Irene became a real possibility. In a rave review of Friday’s show, the Boston Globe commented “is there any musical artist for whom tropical weather is more topical than Kenny Chesney...Chesney instructed the crowd to treat the show like a hurricane party...and he provided the perfect soundtrack.”

Chesney’s triumphs in Boston capped a tremendous year that began with the Sept. 2010 release of ‘Hemingway's Whiskey’ (BNA Records), and has included three #1 singles, the highest ticket sales for any country concert in New York/New Jersey history, and over 1.1 million tickets sold for the 'Goin' Coastal' Tour. In February, Chesney was also honored as "Tennessean of the Year" by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

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Jeff Dunahm - Identity Crisis

Concert ReviewsJeff Dunahm - Identity Crisis
By Michael A. - AngryCountry Senior Staff Writer

If you''re going to play in Texas, you got to have a fiddle in the band. You can't perform in Memphis without bringing the blues. And if Jeff Dunham wants to bring his show to the south Bubba J simply must make an appearance. And after much prodding from the crowd, Bubba did come out for the very end of the show... but that was just one of many surprises on this hot night in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Identity Crisis is a brand new show with all original jokes that kept me laughing for nearly three hours straight. Opening the show was Dunham tour favorite Brian "Guitar Guy" Haner presenting his southern rock classic "Fistfight at the Wafflehouse" from the album of the same name. Haner is a hilarious comedy songwriter and did a wonderful job of warming up the crowd with songs like "Salty Nuts" (A country classic) and "Blow Up Doll."

But the biggest surprises of the night were definitely from Mr. Dunham. I don't want to give anything away, so let's just say we met two and a half new characters and a liberated Dunham talking about his divorce for the first time. Jeff also talked about the recent taping of his latest Comedy Central special premiering in September; and some unbelievable new merchandise coming out around Christmas time.

Walter was cranky as ever; Achmed as funny as always and Peanut... well he's just crazy and left me laughing until my head hurt.

Then Jeff did something really great: Through the Jeff Dunham Foundation he presented a check for fifty thousand dollars to help with the tornado cleanup in and around Tuscaloosa. With all his success, Jeff gives back by setting aside a dollar from every ticket sold to donate to worthy causes, and the people of Alabama certainly need and appreciate the help!

All in all it was an incredible night of fresh comedy with a sprinkling of familiar favorites and plenty of laughs and surprises. Its easy to see how Jeff has become one of the world's most loved comedians.

Jeff Online: http://www.jeffdunham.com/
Brian: Online http://site.brianhaner.com/
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American Idol: Bucky Covington

Concert ReviewsAmerican Idol: Bucky Covington

One of country music's most beloved Idol contestants performed at an American Idol watch party and St Jude fundraiser at the Stardome Comedy Club in Hoover, Al. Bucky performed several hits including his new single A Father's Love (Available for Download: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B003HRO09K/ecnadmedia-20 ), and an Elvis classic (Suspicious Minds) he said he had wanted to perform on Idol had he made it to Elvis week.

An enthusiastic crowd of about 400 sang along to and cheered his performance. And Bucky took the time to meet and greet with everyone who desired to get an autograph or photo.

Bucky has another Idol viewing party tomorrow night in Mobile, AL before returning to his ful-set road tour with dates across the country.

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Nashville Star 2008 - Week One

Concert ReviewsNashville Star 2008 - Week One
By Michael A. - AngryCountry.com Staff Writer

It’s time for Nashville to crown a new star, and this year they are bringing major star power along for the ride. Billy Ray Cyrus hosts this year’s contest which has moved from USA to NBC. On the judging panel is mega-hit song-writer Jeffrey Steele, multi-platinum recording artist Jewel and one half of country music’s hottest duo: singer/song-writer John Rich.

After a quick introduction to the top 12 finalist; Taylor Swift performed - badly . Besides being drowned out be the band, her singing was off-key, squeaky and generally annoying. I haven’t seen Swift perform before so I can’t tell you if this is a case of looks over talent, or just a bad night… but this wasn’t a performance that would make me seek her out again to find out.

It took thirty-five minutes for the individual performances to begin (More music, less filler please!); and they kicked off with the all-gal trio known as Pearl Heart…
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A Diamond Rio Christmas – Atlanta, GA

Concert ReviewsA Diamond Rio Christmas – Atlanta, GA

In support of their new Christmas album “The Star Still Shines” Diamond Rio has embarked on a mini-tour featuring holiday favorites. AngryCountry was fortunate enough to catch the first show, which took place at the brand new, and beautiful, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center in Atlanta.

Opening the show was Atlanta’s own Sons of Mercy, a wonderful Christian rock group consisting of four very talented men whose harmonies surely please the Lord they serve. This amazing group delivered a short set featuring songs from their self-titled 2000 album, including “All’s Forgive” and a great version of the classic “I’ll Fly Away.” I couldn’t find an up-to-date website for them, and it seems they haven’t gone far since that first album, but this is one talented group that I would love to see Word records or another Christian label take a serious look at.

Rio’s set was a longer than expected delight, bookended by performances of all their top hits from “Meet in the Middle” and “How Your Love Makes me Feel” all the way to their more recent singles “In God We Still Trust” and “God Only Cries” with mega-hit “I Believe” getting the largest response, as usual. The Holiday portion of the show featured their uniquely beautiful harmonies on Christmas classics such as “Let it Snow” and “Winter Wonderland” and of course, their new single “The Star Still Shines.”

All in all, Diamond Rio delivered a near perfect combination of top hits and nostalgic Christmas favorites with more enthusiasm and excitement for the music than I have seen from them in quite some time. It is this writer’s hope that A Diamond Rio Christmas becomes an annual offering that I can add to my Christmas Concert traditions beside John Berry’s wonderful Holiday Shows, The spectacle that is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Martina’s Christmas production which many still hope to see return.

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Jake Owen / Brooks and Dunn / Alan Jackson

Concert ReviewsJake Owen/ Brooks and Dunn/ Alan Jackson
Venue: Verizon Wireless Music Center- Pelham, Alabama
Date: Saturday, August 25, 2007
By: Christie Bohorfoush - Senior Staff Writer

Wouldn't you just know that after Birmingham had suffered through a drought all Summer season and a deficit of twenty two inches of rain, Mother Nature would decide to correct herself on the night of the hottest concert ticket in our area. But as it goes a few hours before the concert was scheduled to begin, the skies over Birmingham opened up and it began to pour.
So poncho on and more than willing to endure any kind of weather, that is the great thing about country music fans like myself, we all still packed in to the Verizon Center.

Opening act on this night was new to country music Jake Owen who brought a lot of energy to the stage, despite the pouring down rain., and opened with a song entitled "She Won't Be Lonely Too Long." This was my first time in seeing Jake who was raised in Vero Beach, Florida and grew up with a passion for sports. At age twelve, he took up golf and soon realized he had a knack for it. Before long, he had his eye on the professional circuit. When he enrolled at Florida State University (along with fraternal twin Jarrod,) Jake became a walk-on member of the golf team, but a serious waterskiing accident quickly ended his professional golf aspirations.

He formed a band called Yee Haw Junction and started putting original songs in his set of country covers. Although he had only nine credit hours of college until his degree, he left for Nashville. He spent a lot of time writing songs in his apartment. One of his songs, "Ghost," was almost cut by Kenny Chesney. That close call brought Owen's music to the attention of RCA Records. Within two years of moving to Nashville, Owen signed to the label and released his debut album, STARTIN' WITH ME, in 2006.
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CMA Music Fest: IFCO FunFest 2007

Concert ReviewsCMA Music Fest: IFCO FunFest 2007

Damn, those Johnson sisters sure do know how to throw a party! The 40th Annual International Fan Club Organization FunFest was held last night at the historic Ryman Auditorium and featured great performances by Joe Diffie, Trick Pony, Aaron Tippin, Chris Young, John Stone and others. During the festivities Porter Wagner was honored with the IFCO Tex Ritter Award, saluting his contributions to country music, and devotion to country music fans worldwide.

In a night of great performances, I have to say that Ty Herndon was the biggest surprise to me. While everyone was great, Ty came out ready to own the Ryman stage and belted out his biggest hits “Living in a Moment” and “What Mattered Most.” earning him a standing ovation and some of the night’s loudest applause.

Also noteworthy, was trick Pony’s appearance, featuring new lead-singer Aubrey Collins. I’ve never been a huge fan of their recorded works, but their performance was impressive, and I personally found Aubrey to be an even stronger singer/performer than original lead-vocalist Heidi Newfield.

This year’s FunFest benefited Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital both through it’s ticket proceeds, and through a silent-auction consisting of donated items from major country stars including Tim McGraw and Faith Hill who supplied an autographed guitar that was going for over $700 when I last saw it. I picked up a Phil Vassar Phan Club Party package that I hope to bring you coverage of tomorrow (pending approval from the Phan club)

Also donated: All the artists appearing at IFCO FunFest donated their time to support the Children’s Hospital, IFCO and the fans.

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Jack Ingram - Exit/In

Concert ReviewsJack Ingram - Live at Exit/In
Nashville, TN - March 3, 2007
By Holly Gleason - AngryCountry Staff Writer

If there's ever been a Texas artist determined to punch through Music Row's mainstream, it's Dallas' Jack Ingram - a veteran of three Nashville labels, nominal success and a never-say-die attitude. That resilience, toughness and learning curve netted the rocker/writer his first #1 hit on country radio last year - the sweeping midtempo “Wherever You Are” - and a stint opening for Brooks & Dunn.

But with the defiance singular to those Texas acts, Ingram might be willing to do what's necessary to get on the radio, but the white-hot flame of his live show isn't something he'll turn down under any circumstance. With thin-legged rockers in calf-gripping backing him up, it was a raw intensity to the playing that brought the songs of the past 15 years to life on a stage Imgram first mounted in 1994.

Drawing on a relentless rock edge, it is the populism of a Texas John Mellencamp that defines Ingram's truth and perspective. These are songs of hardwon recognition (“Biloxi,” “Keep On”), utter disgust (“Barbie Doll”) and broken-in tenderness (the acoustic set closer “Good Night Moon”).
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Randy Travis - The Church at Brook Hills - Birmingham, Alabama - 09/28/03

Concert ReviewsRandy Travis - The Church at Brook Hills - Birmingham, Alabama - 09/28/03
By: Christie B.

Randy Travis: A Choice to Ministry

We brought our readers the country music side of Randy Travis, by covering his concert at Big Spring Jam XI in Huntsville, Alabama. On this evening, we wanted to show our readers a very different side of Randy... the Christian side, as he did a concert of inspirational music at The Church at Brooks Hills located in Birmingham, Alabama. Like most of our readers, I believe, I did not know what to expect from a concert such as this. However, I felt that as a Christian, it was very important for our readers to discover this part of country music... a side that is very often overlooked.

After the events of September 11th, our country and our citizens have been more open about matters of faith (as has the country music industry / country radio / and country music fans.) You will find many of country music's artists voicing their faith today, with Jimmy Wayne's I Love You This Much, Jeff Carson's I Can Only Imagine and Clay Walker's Heaven Leave The Light On. Indeed country artists have been recording inspirational albums and songs for quite some time, but only recently has it been receiving the attention of country radio and become more a part of mainstream country music itself. In fact, many country music artist has voiced concern in releasing an inspirational single for fear that it would not be received well by country music radio (as was the case with Jeff Carson and I Can Only Imagine.)

Today when we live in a world so full of fear, war and violence, I feel it is more important than ever that "we the people" voice our religious feelings through song. So much, for example, of our personal rights are being trampled on... no more are we allowed to say a prayer in our schools, say the pledge of alliance to our flag, or are we allowed to speak of our faith to others. It is my opinion that the lack of religious ideals is exactly the reason why our world often seems to be spinning out of control. For this reason alone, I am pleased to find country music stepping up and showing this side of themselves.
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Big Spring Jam XI with Randy Travis and Varied Country Artists

Concert ReviewsBig Spring Jam XI with Randy Travis and Varied Country Artists
Hunstville, Alabama 09/27/03
By: Christie B.


What is the Big Spring Jam? It is a three day event of music, food, and fun that takes over the Big Spring International Park every year in Huntsville, Alabama. Angry Country parked ourselves, for the day, in front of the WDRM 102.1 Radio Stage... the stage where we would get to listen to some great country music for the next eleven hours. Although a three day event, Angry Country choose to focus our attention on one day, featuring country music great RANDY TRAVIS. What we at Angry Country wanted to bring to our readers is both sides of Randy... the country music side, as well as the Inspirational music side. This event would showcase the country music side of Randy Travis that we are all so accustomed to and love.

We also wanted to bring our readers the entire experience of enjoying a full day spent at the Big Spring Jam. This being said, right around noon time the skies darkened and a downpour occurred. So, I fashioned a makeshift tent out of my poncho and weathered out the storm. The one thing you cannot help but notice about country music fans is that we will endure anything to hear the music - we are a loyal bunch who appreciate the artists and the fine music that they bring to us - our music, America's music.

Why even ole Mother Nature loves country music, as just before the first artist was to step on stage; the sunshine returned and the stage crew had just finished mopping up the last of the raindrops from the stage floor. First to take the spotlight this day is twenty year old Melissa Daniel from Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Her six member band that included a saxophone and a trumpet player, although they could rock, did not really show this writer a country music side. Performing songs such as Buddy Holly's That'll Be The Day, Melissa and band were closer to having a Blues Brothers style then resembling a country music band. Melissa was better, however, when she slowed the pace of their music and sang one of her own original tunes Not The Same (a song soon to be released on her next album.) For the most part, I found that Melissa's band has a powerful sound that drowns out her voice. It was, in fact, like trying to listen to Alison Krauss sing lead with the James Brown band.

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