Valentine’s Day is a holiday that many people loathe, especially if they are single. But this year in Tulsa, OK, for a select group of ladies, no matter if they spent their holiday alone or with their significant other, there was something else to look forward to the next day – the Ladies Lock-In Valentine’s Day Hangover show featuring Jerrod Niemann, Dylan Scott, and Drew Baldridge. The all-acoustic show was hosted by radio station 98.5 KVOO and held at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar inside River Spirit Casino. This ladies-only show provided 250 women with the chance to spend an evening with three new valentines.
Our Dancing Valentine
Drew Baldridge is the kind of valentine that would pull you on the dance floor, not only for the slow dances, but he would shake his groove thang to the dance beats too. During songs like “Dance with Ya,” “Train” and “Everyday Night,” Baldridge moved his hips like no other country artist (yes, even more than Luke Bryan). His band even got into it with a little bit of choreography. And when he covered Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” then broke into Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” the crowd went crazy rapping and singing right along with him. But, he’s got a romantic side too. Every lady who came to the show was presented with a rose at check-in, courtesy of Baldridge. He made sure we all knew we should never settle as he sang the words “I ain’t your rebound” from his current single “Rebound,” and he also showed off his sexy side with his song “Love on Your Body.”
Our Sentimental Valentine
Dylan Scott is newly married and completely in love with his wife. He mentioned early on that she is what inspires him to write so all of his songs are love songs about her. He started solo with “Sleeping Beauty” and was then joined by his two band members for the crowd-pleasing “Ball Cap.” To say this group of women were big fans of Scott was an understatement. They knew the words to all of his songs like “Can’t Take Her Anywhere,” “Crazy” and his latest single “My Girl.” But he wins the night for most crowd participation when he went old school country with covers of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark” and George Strait’s “Check Yes or No,” then switched gears to Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and “Love Yourself.” It was so loud, I think the entire casino heard us singing.
Our Good Time Valentine
Jerrod Niemann seems like the type of guy who knows how to show his valentine a good time. He started out with his own drink but to go along with the theme of his songs “I Can Drink to That All Night,” “One More Drinking Song” and “Buzz Back Girl” the ladies of the audience kept him supplied with beer and shots all night. He did slow it down a couple times with “What Do You Want from Me” and a brand new gorgeous song called “God Made a Woman,” but he always ramped it back up with hits like “Lover, Lover” and “A Little More Love.” He was very interactive with the boisterous crowd and played a tidbit of the requested “Blue Bandana,” which happens to be my theme song; and as it has been tradition every time Niemann has come to town, radio station personality Sunny Leigh had a little fun joining in on his song “Donkey” while providing the background “hee haw” donkey noises. He finished with an incredible rendition of the Stevie Ray Vaughn hit “Pride and Joy” and with that our Valentine’s Day Hangover was complete.
As with every one of the KVOO Ladies Lock-In shows, the entire crowd got the chance to meet all three artists and take a picture with them. These guys were complete gentlemen and each brought their own flair to the Valentine Hangover show. They may be taken in real life, but for that one evening, they were all our perfect musical valentines.