Jon Wolfe returned to the historic Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK to celebrate the release of his third album Any Night in Texas and he bought Sunny Sweeney along for the release party. Though familiar with their music, I had yet to see either artist live.
Sunny Sweeney took the stage for her first song “Better Bad Ideas,” a track from her newest album Trophy, and it wasn’t the last track from her new album that Sunny would treat the crowd to. Sweeney also played “Nothing Wrong with Texas,” “Pills,” “Why People Change,” “Bottle by My Bed,” “I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight,” a song that was recorded with Trisha Yearwood called “Pass the Pain.” She also played her album title track, “Trophy.”
Sweeney currently has four albums available so Trophy was not the only track list she pulled from. There was “If I Could” from Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame, “Drink Myself Single” from Concrete, and perhaps my favorite song of hers, “Backhanded Compliment” from Provoked. After introducing her band to the crowd, she ended her set with another song from Provoked titled “Bad Girl Phase.” Sweeney has quite the stage presence in addition to her honest lyrics, twangy powerhouse voice, and guitar skills. She had the crowd energized and ready for Jon Wolfe.
An energy that only amplified when Wolfe hit the stage. He was all smiles when he started singing “Girl Like You,” the first of many tracks from the brand-new album Any Night in Texas. I was mesmerized by Jon Wolfe. He owned the stage like a pro. He reached out and shook so many hands I lost count and he also threw guitar picks into the audience. His vocal strengths and beautiful voice were perfectly showcased by an amazing set list including “A Country Boys Life Well Lived,” “Time on My Hands,” “Whenever I’m With You,” “That’s What a Song Will Do,” “Airport Kisses,” and his current single “Baby This and Baby That.” The crowd favorite “Boots on a Dance Floor,” and title track “Any Night in Texas” were also played from the album of the night – an album that hit number three on iTunes’ Country Music chart and number 23 on all of iTunes.
While the entire crowd loved all the new music, Wolfe also treated everyone to several songs from his other two albums It All Happened in a Honky Tonk and Natural Man including “Let a Country Boy Love You,” “The Only Time You Call,” “Smile on Mine,” and “It Just Feels Right.”
The crowd went wild when Wolfe covered Merle Haggard’s “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa” and Don Williams’ “Tulsa Time.” The already energetic crowd went into a frenzy when he returned to the stage for an encore performing “It All Happened in a Honky Tonk.” I loved that just like Sunny Sweeney, not only did Wolfe introduce his band, but he also came out to the floor after his set to meet all his fans. It was a fantastic album release party for Any Night in Texas filled with great people, talented musicians/artists, and wonderful music. Music I am excited to hear live again in the future.