The JaneDear Girls performed at the Brooklyn Fair August 26th. The Brooklyn Fair in CT is considered to be the oldest agricultural fair in the United States. As show time neared, the crowd continued to grow of young and old. When the band took to the stage, the crowd cheered with excitement as music filled the warm summer night’s air. The JaneDear Girls played songs from their self titled album including, “Shotgun Girl,” “Saturdays In September,” and their upcoming single due out in September, “Merry Go Round.” Fairgoers also moved to the beat as Susie and Danelle serenaded them with a medley of hits by Michael Jackson to AC/DC to Joan Jett. Tribute was paid to their former tour mate, Jason Aldean when they performed a cover of, “She’s Country.” The biggest applause came when the band started performing their first single, “Wildflower.” It was a great end to a great day at The Brooklyn Fair.

Newcomers, Thompson Square, took to the stage first on the,“My Kinda Party,” tour with Chris Young and headliner Jason Aldean in Scranton, PA on August 25th. Keifer and Shawna, the husband and wife duo were met by a warm welcome proving their hard work has come to fruition. Their lively set had the crowd out of their seats as they performed their hits including, “I Got You,” and, “Are you Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”

The second act to hit the stage was Chris Young. With his deep voice and capturing smile, Young captured the hearts of the ladies in the audience. Chris powered through his hits such as, “Voices,” “Gettin You Home,” “The Man I Want to Be,” and, “Tomorrow.” Young interacted with the crowd having one side of the venue shout, “Save Water,” and the other side would shout, “Drink Beer,” along with his smash hit of the same name.
Then came the headline act, Jason Aldean. As the lights went down, the crowd started to roar. The band launched into the opening song, “Tattoos on This Town,” as a large silhouette of Aldean appeared on the curtain at the front of the stage which sent the crowd into a frenzy of excitement. Aldean and his band played all of their biggest hits from their first, “Hicktown,” to their current number one, “Dirt Road Anthem.” As Aldean tore into his song, “My Kinda Party,” the crowd roared and waved their arms to the beat of the music. The audience continued to sing along, almost drowning out the song, which was played with precision by Jason’s band. Much was the same when they followed the title track with their current number one hit, “Dirt Road Anthem.” Jason even performed a powerful version of Bon Jovi’s, “Wanted Dead or Alive,” to lead into their encore of, “She’s Country.”

A Grand Slam

Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic tour took to the Comcast Center in Mansfield, MA on July 24th.

Newcomers, The Band Perry, warmed up the night with an enthusiastic performance. This trio of siblings, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, blasted through hits off their self titled debut album including, “If I Die Young,” “You Lie” and their new single, “Hip to My Heart.”
  The crowd was brought to their feet with the second act of the night, Luke Bryan. Even though his song states that Luke is a “Country Man,” his performance was a mix of country with an edgier rock vibe that would appeal to all audiences. Luke’s music is enjoyed by men and women alike, but he truly seems to steal the hearts of women during his time on stage. Songs from his ever growing list of hits such as, “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” and the edgy, “Drinking Beer and Wastin’ Bullets,” brought such energy and excitement to the show. The biggest reaction from the crowd came when Luke started into his #2 Country Billboard smash, “Do I.” Fans received a sneak peak of a new song off his upcoming album, “Tailgates & Tanlines,” (availableAugust, 9, 2011) called, “Drunk On You,” and a rousing performance of his first single, “Country Girl (Shake It For Me).” Along with his band members, Luke spiced up the set with a rendition of Metallica’s, “Enter Sandman,” which even hard rock fans could appreciate.   As the night settled in and the crowd got fired up, the lights went down for veteran country superstar, Tim McGraw. He gave the audience a surprise when he performed the first two songs, “Something Like That,” and “Where The Green Grass Grows,” from a small stage set up just behind the sound board in the middle of the pavilion. As his eight piece band, “The Dance Hall Doctors,” started off, “Down On The Farm,” Tim made his way down to the main stage for the remainder of the show.   Even a broken foot did not stop McGraw from giving the audience a stellar performance. He played songs spanning his nearly 20 year career including, “Real Good Man,” “My Next Thirty Years,” and “I Like It, I Love It.” Tour mate, Luke Bryan even joined Tim on stage for a very entertaining rendition of, “Back When.” Concert goers did not go home disappointed and were left humming and tapping their feet to their favorite songs long after the concert had ended.

H2O to the Rescue

In the searing sun of a hot New England summer day, Brad Paisley’s H2O II Wetter and Wilder World Tour rolled through Scarborough, Maine Sunday, July 17th. Concert goers were treated to a day of music by some of Nashville’s biggest and up-and-coming acts. The line up included The JaneDear Girls, Eden’s Edge, Sunny Sweeney, Jerrod Niemann, Blake Shelton, and of course Brad Paisley.
Opening the show on the second stage were The JaneDear Girls. Danelle Leverett and Susie Brown hit the stage hard playing songs from their debut album “The JaneDear Girls.” Songs included “Saturdays In September,” “Merry Go Round,” and their latest hit, “Shotgun Girl.” The crowd got fired up when they broke into their first single “Wildflower.” They even tore up the stage with a rocking cover of “Footloose.” With a rock solid band behind them, these girls are young and full of energy and passion and a real treat to see in concert.
The second band to hit the second stage was Eden’s Edge, another new young act out of Nashville. This vocal trio entertained the crowd with the softer side of country music. Songs off their new EP include, “Swingin’ Door,” “Feels So Real,” “Christ Not Alone,” “Slow Motion,” and their first single, “Amen.” Along with a great band, their voices blend together to form a great sound. A real treat was when Brad Paisley joined Eden’s Edge on stage to perform his song, “Whiskey Lullaby.”
With fresh new acts out of Nashville along side of seasoned veterans, this tour is not to miss.

Filling Boots in New Hampshire

As the house lights went down, the Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion in Gilford New Hampshire was brought to life by country artist Eric Church. With a thunderous guitar riff, the band ripped into the opening song, “Ain’t Killed Me Yet”. With other songs such as “Hell on the Heart” and “Lotta Boot Left To Fill”, Church showed Gilford New Hampshire what it means to be country.

The high energy from Church and his band mates captured the attention of the crowd as they tore into “Homeboy”, the latest single from the upcoming release “Chief”. But there is one song that no Eric Church show would be complete without and what I would call his anthem, “Smoke A Little Smoke”.

Mansfield Turns Country

Mansfield MA was turned into a country town Sunday, June 5th. The My Kinda Party Tour, with The Jane Deer Girls, Eric Church, and headliner Jason Aldean blew the roof of the Comcast Center. It was the last night on the tour for the Jane Deer Girls and Eric Church. Both acts gave a stellar performance and played their hearts out.
Jason Aldean and his band put on an incredible performance for all the fans. Jason even brought members of the Boston Red Sox on stage with him. He put them to work as his guitar techs for the evening!
Audio Still Magazine and N&D Images was fortunate enough to get to work with drummers Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean) Craig Wright (Eric Church) and Will Denton (Jane Deer Girls) for a photo shoot for Legacy Percussion Gear makers of the Remote Speedy Hat. What a fantastic group of guys to work with!!

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