Cagle - Concert Review
The Longbranch, Raleigh NC
By Shari Anne Ether
I will admit it right up front. I have NOT been following Chris
Cagle since the beginning of his career. I am NOT a long time
"Caglehead." I am a recent convert to the Cagle camp.
My conversion was completed recently when I attended a meet and greet
and concert at The Longbranch here in Raleigh NC. I was headed
backstage with the local radio folk when the we were told that he was
not feeling well. As a matter of fact, he had spent 4 hours that
afternoon at a local hospital treating a sinus infection. Was he canceling
the show? No way! He was going through with the meet and greet and
his only request was that there be no pictures please.
The six of us went back to meet him. He did look tired and pale
but as I shook his hand and thanked him in advance for his performance,
that six million dollar grin broke out on his handsome face and I have
to admit that my heart skipped a beat. He told me that they had
given him a shot and it was making him "feel puny" but that he
would not miss the show for the world.
what a show it was! Two solid hours of pure country rocked the
house, intertwined with heartwarming stories that showed the man's heart
and humor. A young man in a wheelchair sat in the front row.
Cagle paused to tell the audience that this young man had written a
paper about him for school and that it had touched him like nothing else
had. Cagle hit his knees and vowed in a tear choked voice with his
hand over his heart, in front of 300 people that he would never do
anything in his life to make this young man ashamed that he had written
the paper. There was not a dry eye in the house.
On a lighter note, Cagle stopped the show again when he heard a woman
call out to him. His face turned red and he took a sip of water
and asked "did you say that's my baby singing up there?" When
she nodded the affirmative, he laughed that great belly laugh and said
"I'm blushing like a five year old." It was moments like
these that won me over. Talent yes, humor yes, great big huge
teddy bear heart, ABSOLUTELY! All together it makes one terrific
package and another Caglehead has joined the ranks.