Big Loud Recording artist Morgan Wallen is a natural. When I first heard of the tour announcement I immediately had it on my list of tours to cover for the year. Now maybe it’s because Wallen and I both originate from the same Appalachian mountains but I have said since the beginning (and will continue to express) that Wallen is a legend in the making. If Eric Church and Brett Michaels had a baby, his name would be Morgan Wallen.
Matt Chase was first to take the stage. I did miss a good portion of his set due to meet and greet obligations. However, what I did see, I enjoyed. His South Carolina roots give him a southern edge that’s desirable. Chase has a mainstream sound and is extremely talented. We haven’t seen the last of him, that’s for sure.
Ray Fulcher was next to perform and he turned it up a notch. Fulcher is just a normal guy who has a passion for a well-written country song. He has written songs for many artists including Luke Combs. He performed songs such as “Bad Habits” and “Song of the Summer.” He is a breath of fresh air. I find up and coming artists to be intriguing. He is a very simple individual with simple (yet unique) songs. Fulcher is going to be a big star- you heard it here first.
Headlining artist Morgan Wallen hit the stage with a bang. A young hip vibe packed into a sweet old soul, that’s Wallen. He has the complete package. Wallen’s voice is flawless, his raw raspy pitch is original. Wallen has perfected his stage presence and he has stage swagger for days, months and even years. He performed songs such as “Whiskey Glasses” and “Little Rain.” As well as his hit single “The Way I Talk.”
Wallen is highly underrated and utterly slept on. He is a triple threat. He can sing (perfectly I must add) as well as play guitar and write a damn good song. Half of the artists on today’s country radio couldn’t hold a candle to Wallen, on many levels.
The Up Down Tour was just simple artists playing simply good music and yet this is probably one of the best tours I have seen so far in 2018. If you want to see a real performer, if you want to feel something… go see a Morgan Wallen show and just thank me later.