Me Out To The Bash: Song by Song"
By Chris Macon
Los Angeles had a Fan Fair (oops, I mean a "CMA Music
Festival") of itís own, Iím sure it would look something like KZLAís
annual Country Bash. A product of the stationís ever progressive
musical mind, this yearís Bash featured Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker and
Bret Michaels of Poison, alongside Lee Ann Womack, Chris Cagle, SHeDAISY,
Josh Gracin, Julie Roberts, The Jenkins, Shiloh, Rascal Flatts and guest
host, Reba McEntire.
than analyze each artist (which would take just about forever), I
thought Iíd count down the top ten performances of the evening:
Julie Roberts "No Way
the sound mix didnít seem to be the greatest, Julie turned out a
solid performance of probably the best up-tempo track off her
self-titled, debut album. Also included in her set was current
single, "The Chance," top-25 hit "Break Down
Here" and my favorite song of hers, "Wake Up Older."
Bret Michaels "All I Ever
Bret Michaels was awesome. Who wouldía thought that heíd be as
good country as he was rock? "All I Ever Needed" is a
stone-cold country love song that I know youíll dig if you give it
a chance. "We didnít
need fortune / Didnít need fame / Just a little shelter from the
Lee Ann Womack "Iíll Think
Of A Reason Later"
attitude, attitude. "Iíll Think Of A Reason Later" has
always been one of my favorite Lee Ann Womack songs (alongside
"Something Worth Leaving Behind" and "I Hope You
Dance"), so I was pretty happy when she didnít disappoint
with her live rendition of the "you took my man, so screw
Chris Cagle "I Breathe In, I
great song, a great performance, and a quiet, quiet audience.
"I Breathe In, I Breathe Out" is no less powerful now,
then it was when it was released to radio a few years back. Who canít
relate to it?
SHeDAISY "Come Home
so Iíve officially seen them four or five times now, and this was
easily the best take on "Come Home Soon" that Iíve seen.
The girls rock and this song will break your heart. Also of note
from their set was an outstanding version of "Lucky 4 You
(Tonight Iím Just Me)." Sadly missing was concert-favorite
"Get Over Yourself."
Kid Rock "Rock & Roll
was sick, but that didnít stop him from turning out an energetic,
driving set of newfound classics. This track, off his current
self-titled disc, is about as hard rock as it gets. Everyone was off
of their feet, moviní and rockiní out, thatís for sure. I
still really want to hear him do "Feel Like Making Love,"
live, but "Rock & Roll Paintrain" just might be too
hard to top.
The Jenkins "He Feels Like
a really romantic metaphor donít you think? The Jenkinís arenít
terribly wonderful on stage. Kinda shy, kinda forced, but I tell you
what, they can sing more than just worth a darn. "He Feels Like
Home" and "Getaway Car" were the clear highlights of
Bret Michaels "Every Rose Has
another Bret Michaels song. Music has no boundaries, thatís all Iíll
say. A great song, is a great song, is a great song.
Lee Ann Womack "20 Years
& 2 Husbands Ago"
Years..." is one of the two new tracks Lee Ann previewed for us
off of her upcoming album "Thereís More Where That Came
From." The other "Iíll Hate Myself In The Morning (But Iím
Going To Love You Tonight)" was good, but this one was great.
As an aside, whatís with the super-long song titles, Lee Ann?! The
new album should be a treat.
Uncle Kracker "Writing It
much emotion and so much charisma. Uncle Krackerís vibe is the
future of country music. And this song, this song is wonderful.
thanks to KZLA for bringing this caliber of talent to Southern
California each year. I said it a couple of lines ago, but just in case
you forgot, this yearís Bash helped prove one thing Ė music has