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Luke Bryan Heats Up Manchester New Hampshire

Written by Nate Dean         Photos courtesy of Steve Pouliot Images 

It was THAT kinda night!!  Who knew a Thursday evening in New England in September could be as hot as a June or July summer night?!?  Luke Bryan sure did, as he brought his That’s My Kinda Night tour to the Manchester Verizon Wireless Arena on September 11th.  With supporting artists like Cole Swindell and Lee Brice was there every any doubt?  Audio Still Magazine had the pleasure of attending the show and here’s a quick run down on all the night’s fun!

Cole Swindell
Cole Swindell

Country Music Association’s Best New Artist of the Year nominee, Cole Swindell, opened the night on fire rocking out Hey Y’all.  As the band laid down the groove and tore up the strings, Swindell brought the crowd to their feet!  With his roots deep in songwriting, Cole has written

Joel Hutsell
Joel Hutsell

some of today’s hottest country music.  She Ain’t Worth the Whiskey written by Swindell for Thomas Rett had the New England crowd singing along with each word.  A high energy performer, who often times compares nerves on a show night to a high school football game…once that first kickoff takes place, you’re in the groove, Cole kept early crowds entertained with hot hits like Hope you Get Lonely Tonight and fan favorite Chillin It.  Cole Swindell is a heavy contender for Best New Artist for sure!  Keep your eyes and ears on this rising star!

Lee Brice
Lee Brice

Keeping the energy up, Lee Brice took the stage with the crowd swaying to his hit Parking Lot Party.  One of the best sounds of the night – Brice cracking open a beer – had the audience on their feet yelling Beer right back at him.  Working the crowd Lee performed songs like Woman Like You  and Hard to Love.  Keeping in mind and hearts the gravity the September 11th Anniversary, Brice belted out I Drove Your Truck causing the audience to ligh up the arena with cell phones in a heartfelt salute to our Country’s Troops.  His set continued to rock as the drum solo lead right in to Good Man and the title track to his new album I Don’t Dance.  Having experienced success as a writer before becoming a performer keeps Brice’s feet on the ground.  Writer or performer, there’s no mistaking the star quality that is Lee Brice!

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan

Rounding out the dynamic Trio of the night was Luke Bryan, stealing the stage and thunder with That’s My Kinda Night.  Luke’s red hot hits set the pace with favorites like Rain is a Good Thing, Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye  and Country Man.  As a solemn reminder of the anniversary of our Nation’s tragedy on September 11th, Luke quieted both his band and the crowd for a moment of silence in honor of all the lives lost on that fateful day.  Bryan had the crowds returning to their feet when he brought out Lee Brice to sing Eli Young’s Crazy Girl penned by Brice. The fun continued with a foot-stomping rendition of Alabama’s classic

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan

Mountain Music and a heartfelt Do I, easily reminding all of us the reason we loved Luke Bryan in the first place!  This is How We Role brought fellow songwriter Cole Swindell back onstage, as the two rocked out the Florida Georgia Line hit they co-wrote.  The hits continued on with crowds on their feet dancing to Suntan City, Crash My Party, Drink and Beer, Drunk on You and more.  What could be better than all of this???  Wrapping up the night with a showstopping encore of Play it Again.  If this was your 1st Luke Bryan extravaganza or your 20th, there’s no denying we will all be lining up when he brings his tour back to the northeast!!

The Country Throwdown comes to New Hampshire

Summer kicked off under the blazing sun at Meadowbrook Celluar Pavilion in Gilford, NH on Sat May 25th. The Country Throwdown tour was in town. The Country Throwdown tour features up-and-coming and seasoned country artists. A crowd of both young and old filled the venue for the day long event.

The day was started on the side stage with the Maggie Rose Band. This 7 piece, mostly female band drew people in with their soulful country music style. Fronted by Maggie Rose, a young singer/songwriter with a powerful voice. There was a warm reception from the crowd when the band performed their upcoming single “I Ain’t Your Mama”. They even performed a cover of the Styx classic “Renegade”.

Next was the band was Florida-Georiga Line with their powerful hard edge country sound. A five piece band with three guitars, filled the air with ripping guitar solos. With titles such as “Backwoods Beauty Queen”, “Get Your Shine On”, and “You’re Country drew a large crowd to the stage. Their upbeat style makes for great summer driving music.

To slow it down a bit, Channing Wilson, Carly Pierce and Dani Flowers performed under the tent on the Bluebird Cafe stage. Channing’s soulful voice and folk style music brought a calm to the crowd. Along with Pierce and Flowers, they drew a well rounded crowd to catch some shade and relax under the tent.

Next up on the side stage was EMI recording artist Eric Paslay. Paslay drew a large crowd as he took to the stage. This singer/songwriter has co-written Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, Eli Young Band’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and Love and Theft’s “Angle Eyes”. Backed up by a three piece band, Paslay played some of the songs that he was co-writer on. His Tom Petty like voice and meaningful lyrics showed the crowd what his true passion is.

The last act to play the side stage was Sunny Sweeney. This Texan’s southern accent shines when she sings. Sweeney has that very old school, traditional Texas twang in her voice, which pairs very well with her music. Playing hits such as “From a Table Away” and “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving”  brought a warm reception from the crowd.

The night then continued on the main stage with singer Corey Smith. Back by a tight and powerful band, Smith blended soulful lyrics with a rock/country sound. As the bass player started the backbeat, they broke into the classic hit “Good Hearted Woman”. The band jazzed the song up with a funky groove and even added a sax solo.

RCA recording artist Josh Thompson was next to hit the stage. Thompson is known for hits such as “Beer On the Table”, “Won’t Be Lonely Long” and his new single “Comin’ Around”. Thompson, a crowd favorite, had the crowd on their feet when he performed his hit “Beer On the Table”. Thompson and his band started into Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir as a lead into his hit “Way Out Here”. They even performed “Good Ole Boys”, the theme  song from the “Dukes of Hazard”.

Artist Justin Moore was next to take to the stage. This was Justin’s first time in New Hampshire and the crowd gave him a huge welcome. His high energy stage show brought the crowd to their feet for the entire set. Playing hits such as “Bait a Hook” and “Backwoods” were perfect for warm summer night at the venue. Moore even performed a cover of Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help From My Friends” as his vocals tore through the band. As blue lights graced the stage, Moore dedicated his hit “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” to his Grandfather. His final number “Backwoods” brought the crowd to life to get ready for the final act of the night.

Then came the moment of the night everyone had been waiting for all day. Headliner Gary Allan took to the stage. Allan opened with his hit “Watching Airplanes”. Allan’s 8 piece band’s sound filled the night air as drummer Matt Billingslea laid down the backbeat for the night. Allan along with his band powered through songs “Best I’ve Ever Had” and She’s So California”. They even covered Del Shannon’s hit “Runaway”. As Gary started into one of his best known songs, “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” he sat on the edge of the stage and the crowd started to sing the lyrics back to him, even overpowering the band at times.

Fans were given more than their monies worth at the Country Throwdown to kick off the summer concert season at Meadowbrook Cellular Pavilion.