**CMP would like to thank Bryan Williams for the following concert review.
The Stagecoach Festival was blazing hot (literally!). Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner were sizzling, leaving the crowds wanting more. Crowds were treated to milder than normal temperatures, delicious festival food and plentiful spirits at the Budweiser beer garden. The vibe was festive as fans danced and sang along to every sing they knew, no matter who was performing.
Up and comers Easton Corbin and Joanna Smith rocked the stage! I predict they will be head lining Stagecoach in the years to come. The only downfall for newcomer Joanna Smith is the early timeslot she was placed in. If more concert goers were able to see her, more people would love her. She has a beautiful voice with strong southern roots. Her song “Water Tower Town” truly demonstrated where she is from and what chasing her music dreams means to her. Easton Corbin also put on a great show. His authentic voice makes every note he sings feel real and true.
Rascal Flatts…I just don’t get it. Their style is not for me. The voice of lead singer Gary LeVox was shaky at best.
Carrie Underwood brought the house down! It did not matter which hit she was singing, the crowd was dancing and singing along with her, having a blast! She broke out Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and Gun’s N Roses “Paradise City” and made both sound like she was the original artist. She was energetic and seemed to be feeding off the love and adulation of the audience.
The highlight of the festival came during Rascal Flatts set when an announcement was made that Osama Bin Laden had been killed….55,000 American citizens starting chanting “U.S.A.” and “God Bless our Troops”. It was awesome to feel the patriotism and love! Music fans came together to celebrate a victory for the ongoing fight on terrorism.
Overall, Stagecoach was a fantastic concert experience. Next year, I would be elated if the lineup included some traditional country acts such as Randy Travis or Garth Brooks.