Concert Reviews

Jo Dee Messina Brings Down the House at Thirsty Cowboy

It’s been a while since I’ve seen Jo Dee Messina live in concert. I thought I knew what to expect when this diminutive country music powerhouse took the stage this past Saturday night at Thirsty Cowboy. But I was wrong. Very wrong!

Something had changed over the years. Yes, her voice...Read More »


Tracy Byrd Entertains with a True Country Show

As soon as Tracy Byrd’s band started on Friday (9/28) at Thirsty Cowboy, you knew you were in for a true country show. The group kicked off the night by performing “The Star Spangled Banner” …as a fiddle solo. Then Byrd took the stage and led the crowd through a...Read More »


Terri Clark Performs in One of Her Favorite Settings

There is something that is so pure, so enjoyable and reaffirming about great country music played in a bar. In today’s much-too-common big arena and stadium country music tours, feeling the energy and purity of a talented country artist up close in an intimate setting is something that has most...Read More »


Lonestar Mixes Hits and Covers at Dusty Armadillo

It’s great to see country artists like Lonestar back on the road playing highly energetic shows to large crowds like they did this past Saturday (Sept. 8) at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown. It’s too easy to overlook many of the country bands from 90’s and early 2000’s due to...Read More »


The Country Fest - Day 3

The Country Fest closed out this year with Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Midland and Maddie & Tae on Day 3 (June 16, 2018).  One of the highlights on closing night was the announcement of The Country Fest 2019, which will take place June 20-22, with headliners Chris Young (Thurs.), Brantley...Read More »


The Country Fest - Day 2

The Country Fest kept the party going on Day 2 (June 15, 2018) with Luke Bryan, Jon Pardi, Chris Lane and Morgan Wallen.  The great crowd that was on hand for the Friday performances enjoyed a warm and sunny day and some hot country music from all of the acts...Read More »


The Country Fest - Day 1

The Country Fest kicked off yesterday (June 14, 2018) with Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, The Cadillac Three and Jon Langston. It was picture perfect weather at Clay’s Park Resort in North Lawrence, Ohio for the start of the three-day event that is celebrating it’s ninth year. Here are some of...Read More »


Chase Rice Brings Big Show Appeal to a Small Club

Mother Nature was keeping things hot and humid outside yesterday and Chase Rice was heating things up inside at Dusty Armadillo. Rice was performing on the first of his back-to-back shows at the Rootstown club and didn’t seem affected at all by the weather or his recent surgery that repaired...Read More »


Phil Vassar Delivers Hit after Hit at Dusty Armadillo

Country music needs Phil Vassar. He comes from a rare breed of songwriters that truly understand the craft of writing good, catchy songs that make everyone sing along. While country music may have moved on from artists like Vassar, his fans remain strong, loyal and enthusiastic to the core.

If the...Read More »


Devin Dawson Kicks Off WQMX Ones to Watch Concert Series

The WQMX Class of 2018: Ones to Watch Concert Series is bringing five national acts to two venues for four great shows. The series got started on Wednesday night (5/2) with Devin Dawson and special guest Matt Goodrich at the iconic Tangier in Akron, Ohio.

A local favorite, Goodrich was selected...Read More »


Michael Ray Brings "Get to You Tour" to Dusty Armadillo

You can always count on Michael Ray to bring a great show. He did it again when he returned to the packed house at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown Ohio on the third leg of his “Get to You Tour,” last Friday night (April 20).

Ray was supported by a rockin’...Read More »


Eddie Montgomery Brings a High Energy Performance to Thirsty Cowboy

Eddie Montgomery has been through a lot over the past seven months, but it still won’t stop him from bringing one hell of a show whenever he steps onto the stage. The 54-year-old singer did just that when Montgomery Gentry stopped at Thirsty Cowboy in Medina on Friday (March 16)...Read More »


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