It was a warm Saturday on December 19th, with Haley Georgia and Kane Brown performing at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio. They had sold out the venue in 10 minutes and graciously added another show on Sunday. I knew the crowd was going to be overwhelming, but I was not prepared for the energy that these two performers would bring to the stage.
Haley Georgia started off strong as usual. I had seen her before, but it’s never the same show. She has energy like Miranda Lambert and grace like Carrie Underwood. She is my “one to watch” in 2016. Her songs were completely relatable and each song had its own meaning. Haley went from “Prom Night” which talks about feeling love like it’s the first time to “Jiffy Lube Love Song.” The crowd followed along as Haley danced around the stage sporting a Kane Brown long sleeve. The crowd loved “Way We Was” because it took a different spin on a typical country love song. The song had just the right amount of attitude, sass and emotion to create a big hit. She made each song personal and always included everyone in her performance. She took selfies with various crowd members and held hands. Her ability to make you feel loved was unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Haley Georgia puts on a show that people are sure to remember.
Next up was Kane Brown, the internet sensation! He started it off with a Chris Young song called “A.M.” and other covers like George Strait’s “Check Yes or No,” which made the whole crowd sing along. His ability to sing any cover is what has made him such a star. His voice has a backwoods twang that separates him from other artists.
Brown next sang an original “It Turns Me On.” The ladies in the crowd went crazy over this song. I’ve never heard so many girls scream at once! He made each song personal and added covers that everyone knew. Even some of the biggest country stars couldn’t get the kind of reactions out of a crowd the way Brown did. He brought in a variety of songs ranging from all artists and closed with “Don’t Go City On Me,” which was from his album Closer. This album also includes his biggest hit “Used to Love You Sober” which hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart causing his fan-base to more than double.
After the show both Haley Georgia and Kane Brown did a meet and greet. The line went around the whole venue, but they both talked to each fan and took a picture with them. This was a nice and very unexpected surprise. Both of these talented artists took the time to show their fans how much they care. I’m excited to see where these artists will go as they further their careers. Both Haley and Kane have futures that look bright and promising.