Tonk Tailgate Party 08
Concert Review By: Penny
Rondinella - CSO Staff Journalist
first thing I'm going to say is: if you have the chance to catch
this tour, do it! You are not going to want to miss it.
These four cowboys put on a heck of a good time. They not only
do a set each of their own songs, but all four come out at the
end and give a finale you won't forget. The combination of
their voices on tunes from the Eagles, Allman Brothers and the
Oakridge Boys are sure to be a hit with any crowd.
We arrived a little early to pick up our tickets at will call,
and since it was general seating I wanted to be there extra
early to get a good seat. I am one of those that like to be
right up front and center. I would have sat in the very front
row, but they were reserved for employees.
First to hit the stage sporting a black shirt with the legendary
Johnny Cash on it and wearing a bandana instead of a cowboy hat
is Ray Scott. He just released his new CD in June called Crazy
Like Me, which is incredible. You can check out my review
here. His amazing deep baritone voice and sparkling
smile will have you becoming Scott fan for life. He exudes
personality on stage and can sing the heck out of a country song
too. If you like traditional country like Merle Haggard and
Waylon, then you'll love Ray Scott. He's on an Independent label
called Jethropolitan Records and you can get his CD's either on
line at RayScott.com or at a show. His set included: "Hell Got
Raised Tonight," "Sometimes The Bottle Hits You Back,
"Everybody's girlfriend," and "You Ain't Takin' This Hard
Trent Wilmon was up next and he lit up the stage with his presence, but
this time without a cowboy hat. He mentioned his buddy Wade
Hayes who had cut the song 'It Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You,"
before he sang it. Being a bif fan of Hayes, I still want to hear the two of them sing it
together one day. He also went out into the crowd while singing
Beer and A Fishin' Pole." I thought that was a cool way to get
people to relate to this awesome new single off his most recent
CD. A line in the song says: "Does anyone want to tag
along"... I was ready. You can also read my review of his
new CD Broken Inn
here. Wilmon has a unique sound, he not only sings a great ballad, but
he can also tear it up a bit. He sang tunes from all three of his
releases. I wasn't ready for him to leave the stage, he has so
many great songs and wasn't able to do all the ones I would have
liked to hear. Wilmon's set included: "Beer Man," "Broken Inn,"
"Doesn't Mean I Don't Love You," "Cold Beer And A Fishin' Pole,"
"A Little Set of Horns," "On Again Tonight," and "Dixie Rose Deluxes..."
Buddy Jewel was up next sporting his cowboy hat. He waited a bit
after they announced him and then he peeked
around the corner of the stage and everyone cheered. He
did a great job and was well received. He sang a couple
of his songs from his previous CD's and then a couple from the
new one coming out soon. He explained that
there was a song on his upcoming CD that was a bit controversial
called 'This Ain't Mexico' and then preceded
to sing it. The crowd roared and gave him a standing
"The Wheels Turn Slow," "If She Were Any Other Woman," "Sweet Southern Comfort,"
"Help Pour Out The Rain" and "This Ain't Mexico."
Mark Wills was next and he really worked the audience. He
intrigued us with some stories, one about him
leaving one shoe at the last stop, but he didn't know where it
was, so he asked his band, but my friend and I
yelled out 'Hanford' and he said "That's my travel agent."
You could tell he was real comfortable with the crowd
as he told stories and talked to the crowd as they hollered at
him. He sang tunes from his past and current
CD's. Including a real rocker titled "Crazy White Boy." I wasn't
too sure that I was going to like him, but he now
has a new fan. I like this cowboys humor.
Set included: "Jacobs Ladder," "I Do - Cherish You," "19 Something"
and "Crazy White Boy."
I really like when the artist involves the audience, tell
stories about being on the road and all, it makes it more
enjoyable for me. I know some people just come to shows to here the
music, but I think for the most part, people like
to hear about their lives and the goings on.
The show ended by the rest of the boys joining Mark on the
stage. They sang songs with each of them
taking the lead at one point or the other.
Set included: "Bobby Sue" - By the OakRidge Boys ( I'm sure you can guess who
sang the low parts~Ray Scott), "Take it Easy" - By the Eagles (Trent
Wilmon took the lead on this one) and "Ramblin Man" - By the Allman Bros.
The merchandise table was set up in the entryway to the Grand
Ballroom. The boys sat while the fans
all stood in line to buy items to have signed by them; pictures,
cd's and t-shirts. While we were in line,
Trent took out his Guitar and sang 'The Ropin' Pen,' it was
awesome. I was really surprised that
this event wasn't advertised more. The local radio
stations weren't there, as far as I could tell. I'm sure if
it would have been promoted more, it would have been a sold out
crowd. After the signing line diminished,
the guys mingled a bit with the crowd that was left, taking
pictures with people and all. There was a lot of
laughter, these guys are a kick to joke with. I hope I am
able to get to another one of these concerts before
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