93Q's "A Day In the Country" Featuring Dierks Bentley, Chris Cagle, Jana Kramer, Wade Bowen, Ronnie Dunn, Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch and Lost Trailers Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Saturday, June 16, 2012
For the most part, 93Q's "A Day In the Country" was one Texas-sized pleasant surprise Saturday at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
Baytown native Chris Cagle's set was like listening to MTV: Unplugged from the early '90s. His semi-unplugged set fit his voice like a glove. Shortly before launching into "Breathe In, Breathe Out," he told the story of how one time, he saw an ex-girlfriend who had just broken up with him at a hockey game out with her new boyfriend.
During the song, someone shouted "I love you Chris." Cagle stopped midway through the song and broke down crying in tears of joy as he thanked the audience for supporting his music.
Shortly thereafter, East Texas native Wade Bowen took the stage and delivered a good set of hits including "You Had Me at My Best," "All That's Left," "Patch of Bad Weather" and plenty more.
They say that great things are worth waiting for. In the case of singer/actress Jana Kramer from the hit CW television series One Tree Hill , that was true. Her set was delayed for 10 minutes due to impending thunderstorms and subsequently having to clear people off the lawn.
Kramer sang songs from her self-titled debut album, including the hit single "Why You Wanna." But the best part was when she did covers of the Sheryl Crow classic "All I Wanna Do" and Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll." She was like Pat Benatar with a country twist.
Considering the fact that her album was released last week, if she keeps up the good performances like Saturday, Kramer should go far.
The only downside of the evening was co-headliner Ronnie Dunn. Though he started on time, he ended his set after only 45 minutes and didn't even give an encore. It could have been because he had been in Ireland less than a day earlier, as he told the audience. Nevertheless, it was still disappointing.
Other than that, he delivered the hits, starting with the face-melting "Let the Cowboy Rock." Dunn proceeded into a hit parade of Brooks and Dunn classics such as "Johnny Cash Junkie (Buck Owens Freak)" and the duo's signature hit "Boot Scootin' Boogie," which was played at pretty much every dance I attended as a teenager.
Dunn also performed some of his originals like "How Far to Waco" and "Singer In A Cowboy Band." It wasn't a total loss because Dunn still rocked pretty hard, but I cannot help but think that Brooks and Dunn needs to get back together.
Things reached a fever pitch when co-headliner Dierks Bentley took the stage. Ladies, he's a rebel-country-boy-ladykiller! It was like he took the audience for the ride of their lives in an off-road vehicle -- and they ate it up.
One of the greatest moments was when he launched into "5150" in which everyone, guy and girl, sang along. Many times he interacted with the ladies, such as when he twirled a female audience member around during "Sideways."
One of the best things I did notice throughout the night was that most, if not all, the performers thanked both 93Q and the fans for supporting their careers. I believe that is something to be admired.
Personal Bias: I am what you would call a secret country music fan. I actually like a few country artists like Trisha Yearwood, Sugarland, Vince Gill, Reba, Johnny Cash, etc. However, it's a little-known fact. I say "secret" because I essentially try to be a non-stereotypical native Texan -- including my native accent. (I was told that I have one.) Might as well try to embrace it.
The Crowd: Quite a few families, including parents of any age as well as children.
Interesting overheard country song lyric: "My windshield's cracked just like my heart." -- Wade Bowen, "One Step Closer"
RONNIE DUNN SET LIST
Let the Cowboy Rock Ain't Nothing About You Singer In A Cowboy Band How Far to Waco Red Dirt Road Cowgirls Don't Cry Johnny Cash Junkie (Buck Owens Freak) It's Getting Better All the Time Put A Girl In It Boot Scootin' Boogie Maria
DIERKS BENTLEY SET LIST
Cold Cans Am I the Only One Feel that Fire Trying to Stop You Leaving Lot Of Leaving Left to Do Settle For a Slowdown I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes 5150 Up On the Ridge Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go) The Woods Come A Little Closer My Last Name How Am I Doin' Sideways Home
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