Concert Reviews

Brett Young Brings Storytelling and Songs to House of Blues

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The House of Blues has been presenting some great country music shows over the past few weeks, from The Highway Finds Tour with High Valley to Chase Rice and last Thursday (11/16) was another stellar sold out show with Brett Young and Carly Pearce on the Caliville Tour.

Pearce opened up the night and came to the stage looking great in a printed black short dress. Her energy and personality were even better as she worked the crowd with some banter between songs and a smile that lit up the room. Pearce may have been the vision of grace, but on songs like “If My Name Was Whiskey” she showed that she has an edge to her voice that cuts to the bone of emotions.

Pearce took time to share many stories from her past and the path to where she is today in her music career. She then had a little fun singing Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” as an ode to the lady who owns Dollywood and where Pearce first learned lessons in the music business singing 6 to 7 shows a day six days a week. The crowd was eager to listen and then showed their appreciation for her when she performed her current No. 1 song “Every Little Thing.”

Young showed up on stage wearing a LA Dodgers cap, short sleeve button down shirt and some ripped jeans. A very relaxing look for a singer who finds connecting with the audience on his self-penned tunes the most important part of his shows. Young covered his hits “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You” while taking the time to also connect with the audience with stories. Something you would assume a great songwriter loves to do.

He also covered other fan favorites and his entertaining just seemed to be so easy and effortless. No light shows or flashy stage sets, just Young his voice and the music. He again led into the next song “Like I Loved You” with a preface about loving and not being loved back the same way. At that point you felt as if Young was a regular guy who was just explaining life and the pitfalls that happen to everyone.

One of my favorite moments of the night came when Young brought Pearce back out for “Whiskey Lullaby.” The two have known each other since they played at songwriter’s rounds, bars and even living rooms in Nashville and their friendship was evident in the performance.

The Caliville Tour definitely proved to be a great night with two artists that find that the music, emotion and audience are the most important things. They both are on their way to greater things in the music industry and their performance at the House of Blues was simply proof.

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