The Listening Room in Port Clinton, Ohio is easily becoming one of my favorite places for concerts in a small, intimate setting. The artist, as the guest of honor, is put on display for an hour or two in a laid back atmosphere that includes some of the most polite and professional servers around. I was privileged to make a trip there recently to see Erik Dylan and it was worth every mile it took to get there.
For two hours, Dylan played a selection of his own releases as well as songs that have been cut by other artists. As the only Canadian in attendance that night, I was happy to hear him start the show with “Hearts On Fire,” a song cut by Canadian country artist Chad Brownlee. Dylan appeared equally as excited as I told him how popular the song was on Canadian country radio.
Another standout moment was hearing Dylan sing a song now on Kip Moore’s Wild Ones album, “Comeback Kid,” a deeply personal song about perseverance no matter what life throws at you. That is one of my favorite aspects of a show like this — hearing a song on the radio or in concert by an artist who is known for the song…and then hearing the songwriter tell their story of how it came to be created and how it’s meaning may have shifted to fit the artist who ultimately ended up recording it.
Dylan’s easy going personality and sense of humor were also on display this night as he took time between songs to tell stories about his life as a songwriter in Nashville and his upbringing in a small rural town in Kansas. His songs all have a connection to some place, person, or experience in his life and I love that about him…and about country music in general. Dylan also willingly obliged to participate in a short Q&A session led by Listening Room host Ron Miller — a signature event that happens during every show at the venue. A surprise phone call by another artist who is good friends with Dylan definitely added some extra excitement and laughs to the night.
After concluding the show with an upbeat song titled “Where The Party At?,” Dylan declared that the party was definitely in Port Clinton that night and promised to return as soon as possible. I always appreciate the opportunity to meet the artist after their show and I can confidently say that not only is Erik Dylan an extremely talented songwriter, he’s also incredibly humble and easy to talk to. If you ever get a chance to see one of his shows, I would highly recommend it!
Are you familiar with any of Erik Dylan’s songs? Tweet me @KCarib and let me know!