Live: Brad Paisley, Kane Brown and Co. in NY
Brad Paisley Returns For Another Great Show At Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY
This past Friday, almost a year later to the day, Brad Paisley returned to the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater bringing with him on tour two very talented artists, Kane Brown and Dan Tyminski. Although it was a hot day, the cloud covered sky helped keep temperatures down in the parking lot for all the tailgaters who came early to have a good time with friends. They had the bar-b-ques going, were playing cornhole, and line dancing to their favorite tunes blasting from the car stereo, while definitely having a drink or two.
As much as they were having fun tailgating, many knew they wanted to get to their seats early to not miss the first act, fourteen time Grammy Award winning artist, Dan Tyminski.
Not only is he a band member of Alison Krauss’ band and Union Station, he is also a composer and won a CMA Award in 2001 for Best Single for his updated version of “Man Of Constant Sorrow” which was featured in the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
Tyminski and his band played a tight half hour set, which included the aforementioned song as well as music off of his solo albums including his latest singles, “Southern Gothic” and “Bloodline.”
Tyminski had a warm personality that matched the warm tone of his voice, and the audience clearly enjoyed his performance.
There was a very short intermission, as the tide was rising. During Tyminski’s set ocean water found its way over the cement flooring on the amphitheater. By the time Kane Brown came out, fans in the pit area were close to a foot deep in fairly warm salt water from the Atlantic Ocean.
But they did not seem to care at all as they greeted Brown when he came out on stage, touching hands with many of them as he walked down the catwalk. This young artist has only been on the scene since 2014, but his popularity has grown quickly thanks to his social media presence and his 2017 single, “What Ifs.” It went No. 1 simultaneously on all five main country music charts and charted high elsewhere.
Brown and his band wasted no time and got the place going with “Found You” followed with“Hometown.”
Then his fans were up on their feet and singing along to “Used to Love You Sober.” With the cloud cover there was no pretty sunset.
It just seemed that the night fell quickly but the stage was brightly lit. They kept the vibe going with his original music “Location,” “Cold Spot,” “What’s Mine Is Yours” and “There Goes My Everything.”
Before doing “Learning,” Brown got very personal and shared some of the story of his life and what has made him who he is today. They continued with “Better Place,” “Lose It,” “Homesick,” “Heaven,” “Closer,” “Pull It Off,” and ended the set with his popular song “What Ifs.” All during his performance, fans were cheering and showing their support. Often times between songs you would hear random female voices shouting, “I love you Kane!” Definitely keep an eye, and ear out for this rising star.
The last intermission of the night was slightly longer, allowing just enough time for fans to stretch their legs and freshen up their drinks and for those wet fans in the pit area who wanted to move to higher ground for a bit. The final act of the night was Brad Paisley. He has been on the scene since the late 1990’s, and has had some pretty amazing accomplishments along the way.
He has won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, fourteen Academy Of Country Music Awards as well as fourteen Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer Of The Year. Since attaining his first No.1 hit in 1999 with “He Didn’t Have To Be” he has had over twenty more since, with his latest being 2015’s “Perfect Storm.”
With a packed venue waiting for his arrival on the stage, the burst of cheering was overwhelming when Paisley came out with his band Gary Hooker (rhythm guitar), Randle Currie (steel guitar), Kendal Marcy (keyboards/banjo/mandolin), Justin Williamson (fiddle/mandolin), Kenny Lewis (bass) and Ben Sesar (drums). They got the party going strong with “Mud On the Tires.” They continued with “Ticks,” “The World,” “Perfect Storm,” “Water” and “Last Time for Everything.” They treated the fans to some “Purple Rain” then “Old Alabama,” “This Is Country Music” and “Love and War.”
With videos accompanying every song as the backdrop to the stage, there was plenty for fans to take in. But that did not stop many from still being mesmerized by Paisley who often had a spotlight following him as he moved about the stage. After “American Saturday Night” Kane Brown came out and joined Paisley to sing “I’m Still A Guy.” Then there was another guest appearance via Facetime, which was viewable on the large video screen, with Carrie Underwood who helped Paisley sing, “Remind Me.”
The band kept the fun entertainment going with “Celebrity,” “Then,” “She’s Everything,” “Crushin’ It,” “Letter To Me,” “Southern Comfort Zone” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.” They did and awesome cover of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee” and they concluded the night with “River Bank,” “Today” and “Alcohol.” Paisley thanked everyone for coming out and clearly everyone had a really great time with many of them yelling back thank you too.
Paisley and his band of fine musicians really put on a fun and interactive show. At one point in the evening he took a fan’s cell phone and took selfies with Kane Brown with it. This same fan was also proposed to by her boyfriend. At this, the roar of the crowd was fantastic, and it is great to know love is still strong in this world.
It was such a fun evening. This tour continues throughout the United States, but only through the beginning of September. Chances are Long Island fans are already hoping and planning for Paisley’s return again next year for another great time.