A Word from Cheryl:

Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.

At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rodney Atkins - Richmond, VA

RODNEY ATKINS - The Reason I Love Country Music

I went with my brother, Eddie, to catch Rodney Atkins along with The Lost Trailers in concert at The National in Richmond, Virginia on February 13th. While Eddie is eclectic in his musical tastes I wouldn't necessarily say he is a huge fan of country music but he's always willing to listen with an open mind.

The Lost Trailers consist of five young men: Ryder Lee (lead vocals) Stokes Nielson (vocals & lead guitar), Andrew Nielson (keyboards & guitar), Mandy Medina (bass), and Jeff Potter (drums). They opened the show with lots of energy and were received warmly by the Virginia crowd. You notice Ryder's distinct southern drawl right away when he sings their hits "How 'bout You Don't" and "Holler Back." Sporting a fedora, Stokes Nielson rarely stood still, jumping around on stage and reaching out to fans, all to their fascination and delight.

The Lost Trailers left everyone smiling and in a great mood, ready for the main attraction. Fans who had driven from near and far roared their approval as Rodney Atkins stepped into the spotlight. He treated the audience to several selections from his soon to be released album "It's America." Two of the most memorable for me were "The River Just Knows" about a veteran who goes fishing and a light hearted song called "Friends with Tractors."

Rodney's smile and easy-going nature was contagious. He connected with many folks in front of the stage, giving "high-fives," shaking hands, tossing his guitar picks, and accepting gifts from devoted fans. The crowd sang along on "Watching You" with such enthusiasm that Rodney had them do an encore of sorts and even became choked with emotion as he listened.

Eddie and I had the good fortune to be able to meet both The Lost Trailers and Rodney Atkins before the show and they were all very personable, delightful young men. As a season ticket holder at The National, Eddie has been to many concerts over the past year and he made an interesting observation regarding country music artists. They make a lot of effort to connect with the audience from the stage and seem to be more accessible to their fans. Another reason why they are number one in my book!

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