It’s been almost 13 months since LOCASH invaded the Rams Head On Stage. And while their recent visit (May 30, 2015) was another homecoming party (Chris Lucas is from nearby Baltimore), it wasn’t as “out of control” as their previous performance. Not sure if the venue asked them to tone it down or the boys were just “behaving” with their significant others in tow and watching. Regardless, it was a fun night of hearing new tunes, old favorites and possibly a cover song too many.
The duo bounded onto the stage and kicked the show off with the hard rockin’ “C.O.U.N.T.R.Y” into “Here Comes the Summer” an old song that they said they may put on their new album. The song is what you would expect — coolers, jeeps, lakes and girls — and would fit on any country radio station. Speaking of radio, the duo proudly played their first No. 1 single, “You Gonna Fly” (which was recorded by Keith Urban) next.
After some playful banter with crowd members in the front row, Preston Brust pointed at a poor (but very handsome) dude sitting in the front row and jokingly said, “This guy up front is hoping we don’t make fun of him…he’ll be doing interpretive dance for us tonight.” More on this later…
The band got into another new song, “I Know Somebody.” The song has laid back verses and booming chorus and could easily be a hit if given the opportunity. Next up was “Sing About You” a tender love song recently cut by Joe Nichols. As the song ended, the hijinks escalated.
Brust asked Lucas to sing the last line of “Sing About You” in the style of different vocalists/personalities with the band backing him up. He did Toby Keith, Aaron Neville (which was hilarious) and then South Park’s Cartman. Someone in crowd shouted out Taylor Swift. Lucas said, he didn’t know if he could do that, but instead did arm flourish that she likely would do in concert. Brust sprung into action and told Lucas we already got a guy to do that. He then pointed to the aforementioned “poor (but very handsome) dude” and called on him to do an interpretive Taylor Swift dance.
My dear Country Music #CMchat readers, I WAS THAT TAYLOR SWIFT INTERPRETIVE DANCER.
Life went on and the band played another new track “Drunk Drunk” which had a very “Beachin’” or ”Sun Daze” vibe to it. There was a moment of aww after as they brought up Lucas’ young son on stage to dance around and show off his Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles moves during and after “Truck Yeah” (which LOCASH wrote and was made famous by Tim McGraw).
Brust got the crowd to stand up and dance (a usual no-no at the Rams Head) for “Hey Hey Hey” which he dedicated to all “the country folk who drink too much.” Cheers! After that, the band jumped into a verse and chorus of Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” which seemed a bit out of place preceding the touching “Best Seat in the House,” a song written about Lucas’ dad.
The cover songs began to fly as the band did a rollicking cover of ZZ Top’s “Tush.” Brust then got behind the keyboard (he’s an exceptional player by the way) and they played a medley of pop and rock covers including Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” and Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (they didn’t drop the F-bomb version with Lucas’ son in the audience).
LOCASH then played their next radio single “Shipwrecked” written by Brust. He explained that he met a girl at a party and brought her back to a place where LOCASH writes and practices and played the song for her on a piano. By the end of the song she was sitting on the piano bench with him and they’ve been together ever since. This song is a legit smash hit and will likely propel them to the next level. It’s just that good.
Four of the next five songs were covers. Prince’s “Purple Rain” (with Lucas’ Uncle Bruce) and Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds” (which mixed into “Nothing At All”), Sir Mix-A-Lot’s booty shakin’ “Baby Got Back” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” followed. They were all wonderfully performed and entertaining, but the trend in recent years of country artists doing a bunch of (instead of one or two) “fish out of water” pop/rap covers is starting to wear on me. And can we get a moratorium on playing “Friends in Low Places?” Seriously, is it in some country performer rule book that this song “MUST BE PLAYED” at every show?
Somewhere in between the covers the duo performed a fun new song “What We Got.”
“We can take this song to No. 1” was how Brust introduced their last song of the night and current single, “I Love This Life.” The crowd went bonkers for the infectious new single that’s moving up the charts. After two hours the party was over, but it certainly won’t be forgotten.
Listen to LOCASH’s “I Love This Life”