Last night my sister graciously offered me her extra ticket to the 94.7 QDR Country for Kids to Benefit UNC’s Children’s Hospital show at the DPAC. I would call myself a mild country-music fan (with the exception of my love for Tay-tay). I like it, but Todd hates it so I don’t have opportunities to listen to it much. I was reservedly looking forward to the show, but it was SO great! Granted, it was a fairly intimate setting so there was not standing, dancing, and jostling for a view of the stage, which might be why I really enjoyed it so much. Just sitting in comfy seats with a glass of champagne (and later, beer) and bopping my head and singing along. That’s my kind of concert.
So my photos are awful because iphones cameras can only do so much but we saw:
Jason Michael Carroll - holy biceps batman. Also, his hair is very long. Also x2, he kept doing this hip-swaying thing that sent the ladies cah-razy.
Josh Thompson - adorable and a great, dry sense of humor.
Kix Brooks - Took me a good 10 minutes to realize this was 50% of Brooks & Dunn. He made a few references to “Randy Brooks drinking backstage or whatever he was doing” during stories about his 20 years with Brooks and told a great story about pulling the wrong couple on stage for a mid-concert proposal.
Gloriana - The girl had the world’s shiniest hair and they harmonized really beautifully.
Scotty McCreery - This 19 year old freshman at NCSU (and also winner of American Idol) brought the damn house down. Face like a cherub, voice like Elvis. He sang Elvis’s rendition of Jingle Bells and I was 0_0 the entire time. It was awesome.
Lee Brice - I had NO idea who this guy was but apparently he’s a fairly accomplished songwriter. He seemed like the kind of guy that’d be fun to have a camp-fire singalong with (we should invite Josh Thompson to that campfire singalong as well. And the first guy’s biceps should come too). He sang one song that he wrote but someone else recorded, I hadn’t heard it before but it was really cute - called "Crazy Girl"? Anyway. I liked it a lot.
So that’s my recount of the concert from the perspective of someone who tends to cry easily at country music (can’t help it), but also is very cynical/eye-rolley at country music. Most of the performers played an acoustic set which was really nice. Thoroughly enjoyed and now will be on a country music kick for a week or two, I’m sure.