Chris Young proves he is for real at WNY Taste of Country
“Five or six years ago I had no idea I would still be making records,” Young said as the crowd roared its approval,”and it’s because of you. Thank you!”
Young was one of five acts that was part of the 2011 A Taste of Country concert that took the place on Friday, June 3.
The crown jewel of the country summer concert season
“Taste” featured a winning lineup of Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Chuck Wicks and Josh Thompson, and was played before a crowd that was just a hand full of seats shy of a complete sell-out.
The second last act of the night, Young, a 25-old native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, had likely the most interesting path to Coca-Cola Field stage.
While the other four acts were known for taking the more traditional path to success by playing clubs and countless one-nighters before their big break, Young is best known for winning the “Nashville Star” talent competition in 2006.
Winning first prize Young was immediately thrust into the spotlight. But with the success of winning the show came the doubters and critics who wondered if Young was for real.
Well, he is.
Out on the road nearly 200 nights a year Young has put together a polished, honest act that is the hallmark of what country music is all about.
And with each song he puts out Chris Young proves time and time again that he isn’t some fly-by-night that lucked into a record deal because of a TV show.
Scoring three consecutive No.1 songs, Young has already made his mark on the country music fan-base.
His first, “Gettin’ You Home AKA The Black Dress Song” is a flirty and suggestive yet so very romantic that has been tagged by some fans as the sexiest song they have ever heard. Proof of this was that fact “Gettin You Home” was by far the loudest of the night when it came to fans singing along with the performer.
“The Man I want To Be” is an introspective look at trying to mend the mistakes made in life. His third No.1, and closing song, “Voices” is Young’s upbeat, appreciative look at the advice he received from his parents and grandparents that shape his life.
Young also earned a round of applause when he keyed in on a service man and his daughter in section 120, and read a letter from service man to the daughter saying how much he loved her.
Young’s most recent release “Tomorrow” is currently No.6 on the Billboard country charts.
A balanced show, each act set the table perfectly for the one that followed. No one bombed and no one completely blew the others off the stage.
Chuck Wicks was a pleasant surprise as he performed everything from the Eddie Rabbit classic “Driving My Life Away” to his newest single “The Whole Damn Thing.”
More importantly, Wicks realized the importance of his role as the opening act. He had fun with the crowd and set the tone for what was a great night.
Thompson revved the crowd up with the weekend party anthem “Beer on the Table” and touch them with “Way Out Here” which was the first song of the night to inspired a crowd sing-a-long.
Easton Corbin performed his hits “Roll With It”, “I’m A Little More Country Than That” and a cover of Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Happen Twice” which showed Chesney’s heavy influence on Corbin.
Headliner Josh Turner was out in support of his current hit “I Wouldn’t Be a Man.”
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