No one seems to be enjoying themselves more these days than Chris Janson. His song “Buy Me a Boat” just hit No. 1 and he is loving every minute of the journey. He came to Tulsa, OK for a quick 45-minute acoustic performance put on by radio station K95.5FM on September 16th as part of their series of “Girls Night Out” shows. The women-only crowd had a great time as Janson gushed about his wife, his kids, his love of God and how much fun he is having being “the buy me a boat guy.”
After a quick introduction Janson got things started with the upbeat “Back in my Drinking Days” where he showed off his harmonica skills. He then played a love song to his wife called “Save a Little Sugar for Me” where he improvised an electric guitar solo with his voice so we got the full effect of the song. He played a new song off his album set to release October 30th called “Nothin’ New Under the Sun.” He described it as a “chill song” and not one he usually writes. It seemed like a perfect place to play it since we were watching the show in the 5 o’Clock Somewhere Bar at River Spirit Casino where everything was island themed and Jimmy Buffett videos were playing in the background.
From his foot stomping and what I would describe as jello-leg dancing to his intense harmonica playing, Janson is extremely entertaining. He is also very funny. He would laugh at himself as he was telling his stories and encouraged the audience to take his picture so he could do some crazy pose. At one point he stopped and said “I know it’s not the Chippendales, but it IS me!”
We learned all about how he met his wife, how he calls her kids his “bonus kids,” and how much he loves his family. He played “Holding Her” and said it was his most special song because it’s about his family. Before he played “Buy Me a Boat” he told the crowd how humbled he was that the song has been so well received and then asked everyone to sing along with him. And sing we did! He ended the show with “Truck Yeah” – a song he co-wrote (with LOCASH) and that Tim McGraw recorded – and the whole place was yelling “Yeah!” right along with him. He even played a little bit of Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” in the middle. Anytime you can throw in some Oklahoma music here we are a happy group.
Chris Janson is on his way to the top and he has it all to get there. He’s funny, has a good voice, can play a mean harmonica, and is just an overall great performer. He connects with the audience and has a blast doing it. I see many more hits in store for him but he will probably always be known as “the buy me a boat guy.” Somehow I think he’s OK with that.
Is “Buy Me a Boat” on your current list of favorite songs? Tweet me @shanherrold and let me know.