Let her cry if the tears fall down like rain. Let her sing if it eases all her pain. Let her go, let her walk right out on me.
And if the sun comes up tomorrow, let her be….Hootie and the Blowfish
Scott and I headed out on Thursday night to see the Southern Style Tour at the Cedar Park Center.
We both love concerts and it is probably one of our favorite things to do together. We would go constantly if the tickets were not so gosh darn expensive. We got lucky and scored our tickets for the Southern Style Tour on Groupon. It is such a great resource for everything!
Southern Style Tour
The Southern Style Tour consisted of several artists with the main headliner being Darius Rucker. I had thought he had disappeared off the map until he popped up again a few years ago. He was a major success in the 1990s as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Hootie and the Blowfish
Hootie and the Blowfish were very popular, and had several successful albums. I am not sure if the band officially broke up, but it seemed like they all but vanished into the night.
It is so crazy to me how that can happen with largely popular stars. One night they are rocking out to a huge crowd in a big venue. They are setting the world ablaze! Suddenly you cannot remember where you saw or heard of them last. Are they working at Macy’s? It seems to run the gamut from feast to famine.
Well, Darius reappeared a few years ago with a country album. Scott share the song Wagon Wheel with me and we were immediately hooked. There is something so longing yet warm about the voice of Darius Rucker that you cannot help, but get swept up in his melody.
When we arrived, it was moments before The Brother Osborne took the stage. We were not very familiar with their music, but had fun just the same. Sometimes this can be a great way to discover new artists that are similar to the style of music that you like.
In a case of you would only see it in Texas, there were couples doing the two step on the main concert room floor. It was a super cute sight to see.
Following the Brother Osborne, Brett Eldridge took the stage. If you follow country music, you are probably familiar with his current hits Beat of the Music and Don’t Ya. He was very energetic and had a great connection with the audience. I think being an opening band must be incredibly stressful. However, he handled it like a pro and did a great job.
Brett is among the new breed of country music stars that have a way with their style and appeal to a broad crowd of fans. When Darius took the stage he commented on Brett’s “fancy jeans” that he was sporting. Darius was wearing regular ole blue jeans and a baseball cap. No fashion statements here!
Darius was absolutely entertaining and the audience was completely enthralled. He threw it back and played two of his top hits from The Hootie and the Blowfish Days.
- Let Her Cry
- Only Wanna Be With You
He then stomped it out with a fun rendition of the rap song Bomb Diggity. I am not all that familiar with it, but the audience response was pretty outstanding. You could tell he was playing tons of songs that he personally loved and was having a great time doing it.
Darius played all off his current biggest hits:
- Homegrown Honey
- True Believers
- Miss You
We had come to the conclusion early on in the concert that he was going to do a little “save the best for last game” which he did of course.
For his encore, Darius dimmed most of the lights except for a small circle on stage for Let Her Cry which always chokes me up a little. I cannot really decode “who” the song was for which is a game I often get Scott to play. Girlfriend? Mother? Sister? I am not 100% sure. However, you can just feel that it is about longing and heartbreak.
He dedicated his last song of the night and biggest hit to date to his mom who has passed away. She worked extra jobs to save the money to buy him a guitar so that he could pursue his dreams of music.
Wagon Wheel was written by Bob Dylan and it has been covered by several artists before. No one does it as well as Darius! This song was the perfect way to end the night. So rock me momma like a wagon wheel. Rock me momma any way you feel.
Questions of the Day:
- Are you a big fan of any singers or bands that have disappeared?
- Country music – love it or hate it?
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