On May 4th Baltimore’s country radio station kicked off their Hot Country Nights series at Power Plant Live. For those who aren’t familiar with this venue, it’s located right on the national harbor and it’s surrounded by the most sought-after bars and restaurants in downtown Baltimore. It’s practically outdoors and has a nice little swanky vibe.
Tim Montana kicked things off exceptionally well. The Butte, Montana native is no stranger to a stage…or a song. He has written for artists such as Kid Rock and even graced The Late Night stage with David Letterman. Although you may not have heard the name, you can’t deny the talent. Montana’s band is a well-crafted machine of solid rock odes yet they are sprinkled with enough country soul to be known as such. It’s a solid band full of hardcore musicianship that deserves some credit. Their style is absolutely contagious.
Mississippi boy William Michael Morgan was next in the lineup. He took the stage gracefully as a cloud of smoke lingered behind (shout out to those who roll em’ up right!) Morgan is confident and charming. He has just enough arrogance to draw you in but is humble enough to keep your ears listening. He started off strong with “Something To Drink About” and at the very first note, you’re hooked. Morgan is the real deal. Vocally, he is top notch. Entertainment wise, he is solid. He performed tracks such as “Vinyl” and “Missing.” It also wouldn’t be a show without his hit single “I Met A Girl.” When you see an artist like Morgan who has grit and finds solace in who he is an artist, you can’t help but wonder how someone like that is so highly underrated. If you think country music is dead, pick up a William Michael Morgan record and it will instantly bring it back to life.
Country music heartthrob Michael Ray took the stage last. His presence was fearless and the girls loved every bit of it. Ray likes to entertain- that’s obvious. He hit it hard with “Fan Girl” which seemed fitting due to the number of fan girls in the audience. He seeped into “Kiss You In The Morning” and then softly led us into “Real Men Love Jesus.” Ray’s delivery was praiseworthy. He is well loved within the country community and his fan base is extremely strong and loyal. Although Ray has a gift vocally, his strongest pursuit is definitely a live show. Once you see Michael Ray live, you’ll want to see him again.
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