Photos from Joe Nichols and Sam Grow at House of Blues Boston on February 28, 2015. All photos property of Country Music North.
Brandy Clark took the stage this weekend as one of the opening acts for Alan Jackson’s Keepin’ It Country Tour. Clark, who’s nominated for two Grammy’s this year, is probably best known as a songwriter. However, she proved this weekend that she’s much more. The surprisingly talented vocalist treated the crowd to a few tracks off her debut album 12 Stories and a couple songs she’s penned for other country stars. By opening her set with the revenge driven “Stripes” she set the tone for the remainder of her set. She went solo acoustic for tracks penned for Miranda Lambert (Mama’s Broken Heart) and The Band Perry (Better Dig Two). By stripping things down Clark was able to further showcase her vocals. Clark’s best talent is songwriting and as the lyrics came to life on stage she captivated the crowd.
One of country’s best songwriters will take the stage at The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday night. Phil Vassar, who has penned songs for the likes of Tim McGraw and David Nail, will bring his high energy set to the venue in what is sure to be a night full of family friendly country music. Vassar’s stage presence would make you think he’s still in his youth. He’ll move about the stage, engage the audience, and even interact with those closest to the front. He really is a true showman.
It’s not just his stage presence that makes Phil Vassar one of our favorite artists to watch perform. His songs also play a vital role, and we’re not just talking about the ones his written for other. His original tunes are equally as compelling. He reached the top five on the charts with songs such as “Carlene,” “In a Real Love,” and “Love is a Beautiful Thing” among others. If you’re unfamiliar with Vassar’s music the first thing you should know is that his sound highlights the piano rather than the guitar. It’s something that you don’t hear too often in modern country and that makes it refreshing. We saw Vassar perform back in August at the Woodstock Fair (Photos) and were blown away by his cover of Elton John’s “Piano Man.” He closed his set with the track and performed the opening piano solo himself in what was really the highlight of the night.
So if you’re looking to catch some great country music in the Northeast this weekend head on down to the Ridgefield Playhouse and check out Phil Vassar. Tickets available here.
Scotty McCreery brought his See You Tonight Tour to the Toyota Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford Connecticut last Thursday. The show served as a fundraiser for the 12.14 Foundation, which supports Sandy Hook after the tragedy that struck the community in 2012. With Danielle Bradbery along as the opening act the show was able to raise slightly over sixty thousand dollars. Despite all the money raised it was McCreery and Bradbery’s performances that everyone was talking about on the way out.