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,

Friday, June 18, 2010

Country Throwdown Review - Bristow, VA


The Country Throwdown Tour is traveling all over the United States this summer giving country music fans a lot of “bang for their buck.”  There are at least twelve side stage artists and eight additional artists performing on the main stage.   Throw in opportunities to meet many of the artists with personally autographed posters and CDs and it feels like a mini CMA Fest!

If I were to highlight every single performer on the Throwdown Tour my review would be very lengthy indeed and of course everyone has their favorite (myself included).  I’m just going to mention those that stood out for me that day or caught my attention for some reason…

The Bluebird Café tent is where all the singer/songwriters perform.  It is an intimate setting where people sit around and interact with the artists between songs.  You are given the chance to see them up close and personal early in their careers.   It was here that Walker Hayes caught the eye of many of the young ladies with his flashy smile, winning personality and witty songs.  I’m not sure if country is ready for his rap or funk but it certainly was entertaining.

The Outlaw Stage is a bit bigger format and I eagerly anticipated seeing Jonathan Singleton and The Grove perform at this venue.  Their video "Look Who's Back In Love" is currently on CMT and I enjoy their style of classic country blended with rock country and truly hope they catch a break in the near future.

Emily West is another lesser known artist on the Outlaw Stage who was stunning in both looks and ability.  She reminded me of Faith Hill in many ways with her willowy figure, brown eyes, long blond hair and big voice.  Emily is best known for her song "Blue Sky" which features Keith Urban on background vocals.  I was also captivated by her song “Mississippi’s Crying.”  This girl must have a thing for lost love and rain since both are reflected in these 2 songs.

I’d never before seen Eric Church perform so I was unprepared for his fierce intensity as an entertainer.  I think it took me several minutes before my mouth closed and I began to snap photos.  Goodness, this young man really gets into his music and encourages both himself and the crowd with fist pumping, shouts and exclamations.  He worked up quite a sweat and had a large majority of the crowd on their feet during his entire set.  Impressive.

I’ve always been a fan of Little Big Town and once again they did not disappoint with their wonderfully rich harmonies.  In addition to many of their hits they sang their newest single “Little White Church” from their highly anticipated album “The Reason Why” to be released August 24 and also gave us a sneak preview of a couple more songs.


Jamey Johnson stepped onto the stage and seemingly threw down the gauntlet with his quiet, unassuming yet intense presence.  He simply stood there and sang powerful songs, letting the words speak volumes.  The stage lighting was dark and as I walked around to get a photo from another angle I was surprised to see his right arm in a cast with fingers just free enough to strum his guitar.

For me the highlight of Jamey’s set was when Little Big Town joined him on stage to sing his new single “Macon” from his upcoming album “The Guitar Song” set to be released September 14.

Wrapping up the evening was the seasoned duo Montgomery Gentry who kept everyone entertained to the very end remembering to recognize our service men and women along the way.   With familiar hits like “My Town,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “What Do You Think About That?” “Gone,” “Back When I Knew It All,” “One In Every Crowd“and “Roll With Me;” Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry left us with a song on our lips and a smile on our faces.

Photos from Country Throwdown Tour by CWalker (click to view)

•    Bluebird Café
Troy Olsen, Ashley Ray, Brad Tursi, Dave Pahanish, Heather Morgan, Walker Hayes, Sarah Buxton, Jedd Hughes
•    Outlaw Stage
     Tyler Reeve, Emily West, Jonathan Singleton and The Grove, Heidi Newfield
•    Main Stage
     The Lost Trailers
     Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses
     The Eli Young Band
     Jack Ingram
     Eric Church
     Little Big Town
     Jamey Johnson
     Montgomery Gentry

Published: Star Exponent   
Re-posted:  Urban Country   Got Country?

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