Gloriana performed a solo show at the Edgewater E Center in Laughlin, NV. I thought I was in “trouble” upon our arrival. Severe thunderstorms brought record rain and flooding. By the time of the concert the weather started to clear up. The concert was held in the E Center, a 27,000 sq. ft. indoor climate controlled venue, which looked like a giant bubble.
After I sat down, I noticed I was the youngest fan in the front row by at least 30 years. The security guard made it known I wasn’t allowed to stand at the stage, nor would I be liked if I stood during the concert. Let’s just say there was no shortage of motorized wheelchairs and walkers at this country concert!
Gloriana started the concert with “Trouble.” Right away I noticed how much Mike Gossin looks like a young Gary LaVox from Rascal Flatts. Okay, maybe just his hair and his shirt. Mike changed guitars more times than Scott Disick changed his relationship status. I couldn’t stop watching his guitar skills, especially when he used his American flag guitar.
Gloriana recently released their current album Three. Rachel Reinert told fans the album was named that since it took three years to make, it was their third album, and they have three members. They must try to do everything with the number three because their set had 13 songs. Gloriana played songs from all three albums. My favorites were “Trouble,” “Wild at Heart,” “Ain’t Runnin’ Outta Summer,” and a brand new song “Drinking Games.”
Band member Tom Gossin played both guitar and keyboard. Twice during the night Tom moved from keyboard to guitar and forgot his microphone. This left me wondering if he spent too much time at the blackjack table the night before. What happens in Laughlin, stays in Laughlin?
A turning point in the night was Mike singing John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane.” This actually brought fans to their feet and made it feel like a real country concert. For the encore, security allowed fans to stand in front of the stage. The best part was looking to my right and seeing an 80-year-old woman snapping pictures and singing along. I hope I’m still rocking concerts at that age.
It is no wonder Gloriana won ACM Top New Vocal Group in 2010. This dynamic country trio fills their concerts with flawless vocals, good laughs, and pure musical talent. The intimate venue with great acoustics added to another great country concert by Gloriana.
Gloriana – Trouble
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Gloriana – Three on itunes
Author: Liz Kellogg
I’m a desert dweller with a hint of twang. Writing about country music has given me the opportunity to do what I’m passionate about. I’m always searching for new artists and music. Meeting Justin Moore is #1 on my Country Bucket List. I live in Arizona, it’s a dry heat.