Jim Harrington, who wrote the article, even felt compelled to cull a couple of quotes from yours truly. The biggest question many seem to ask is why?
I mentioned in first blog for BAM that I grew up listening to Rock, I don’t think I missed a Day on the Green from 1978 to about 1984, the true heyday of that series.
It seems Country has followed that model today, like many other things Today’s Country takes from 80’s rock. The shows we promote at Shoreline by and large have multiple acts with multiple hits on the bills. It is a great value for the money and the younger folks have found quite the party atmosphere exists on the lawn. It has all the makings of a great night. BUT the music still has to come first and in our format, when you go to a live show, it sounds EXACTLY like the record. The sound is not produced in some studio and then not able to be recreated live by the artist, that makes it real. Just like the big rock bands have always done.
Secondly, again following the rock model of the 80’s, Almost every single headline act that played a country show at Shoreline this year played the club circuit here. Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Rascal Flatts, Toby and Kenny Chesney all played clubs in this market. (Tim McGraw never did) Plus the openers on those bills all played the Rodeo Club in the past year or so. Luke Bryan, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, Clay Walker, Thompson Square, Billy Currington (just two weeks ago!) have all played up close and personal in the recent past. That is how you build fans and this year alone, we (KRTY) will host close to 30 shows at the Rodeo Club. How many of those artists that folks can see for less than $10 will be on a headline bill in the coming years?
It is a great format to be apart of especially if you like live music. Not a country fan? Do yourself a favor, come out to a club show and see what you are missing and over 100,000 folks paid to see this summer at Shoreline.
Next week we will look at the best live shows, plus a feature of one of the best performers in our format, Keith Urban. (Oh by the way, he played an acoustic set at the old Saddlerack a few years back!!)