The last time I saw Chris Young perform in person was at Dave & Buster’s in Nashville, TN in 2007 so I was really looking forward to his performance on January 15th at Rock ‘N Rodeo in Sterling, VA. This concert was billed as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Chris has always been an avid supporter, sharing about his visits to the hospital and encouraging people to give. One hundred percent of the $10 admission price went to support St. Jude and by evening’s end at least $12,000 had been raised.
Chris sang several selections from his new album including the title cut “The Man I Want to Be.” The lively songs “That Makes Me” and “Twenty-One Candles” were enthusiastically received by the crowd. He prefaced “Voices” as being a song about his family and thanked country radio and all his fans for making “Getting You Home” a number one hit for him.
Chris threw the audience a curve when he covered ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man” but they soon caught on and started singing along. Chris was also able to pull several selections from his debut album and had folks join him on such songs as “Beer and Gasoline,” “Drinking Me Lonely,” and “Lay It On Me.” There were several female volunteer chauffeurs after he sang “Who’s Gonna Take Me Home?”
Chris comes across as genuine and sincere and he appeared to be having as much fun on stage as we did watching him. I had a great time!
Opening for Chris were The Gypsy Sons, a local foursome from Alexandria, VA with rock & roll leanings in the style of Aerosmith and Jimi Hendrix. They had quite a following in the audience with much cheering and support.