Concert Reviews

Brad Paisley kicks off Drive-In Concerts in St. Louis

Brad Paisley kicked off the Live Nation Drive In Concert Series last night in St. Louis to an enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of country music fans.

The 47-year-old Paisley hit the stage on the parking lot turned concert venue at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre to perform some of his greatest hits in...Read More »


Garth Brooks brings a once-in-a-lifetime show to Dusty Armadillo

When the Garth Brooks Dive Bar Tour at Dusty Armadillo was first announced I couldn’t help but imagine what the show might be like. I have been to the Rootstown club many times and have taken in ten of Brooks’ shows since the early 90’s. So, getting a good...Read More »


Rodney Atkins Keeps it Country at the MGM

For area country music lovers, Saturday night (10/26) was a special time at the MGM Northfield Park when Rodney Atkins took the stage with a show that celebrated, in his words, “family, friends and God.” And what a celebration it was! The Knoxville, TN native cranked out hit after...Read More »


Tracy Lawrence found his friends in Rootstown

The Dusty Armadillo shook like a “Texas Tornado” blew through when country music legend Tracy Lawrence brought his Made In America Tour to the stage Friday night (9/27). Lawrence’s down-home friendly demeanor and massive talent had the crowd begging for more from the moment he walked out...Read More »


Emerson Drive Delivers Big in Akron

If you call yourself a country music fan and you weren’t at EJ Thomas Hall in Akron on Friday evening (Sep 13), then shame on you! Canada’s own Emerson Drive and special guests The Buck Naked Band put on what just might be one of the area’s best country...Read More »


Hunter Hayes Rocks The Agora Theater Stage

As a perfect kick-off to the 2019 summer concert season, country music heartthrob Hunter Hayes brought his Cajun infused brand of country music to a highly enthusiastic and appreciative crowd at The Agora Theater in Cleveland. The platinum selling Louisiana native, who first rose to prominence in 2011 with...Read More »


Gary Allan Brings The Heat to CLE

It was one of those dreaded blustery spring days in Cleveland on Saturday (3/30) as rain, snow and falling temperatures filled the air. But that was not the case inside Masonic Cleveland Auditorium, where platinum selling country music superstar Gary Allan delivered his trademark raucous and heartfelt live performance,...Read More »


Drake White Brings a "Fired" Up Show to Dusty Armadillo

The stars shined a little brighter over Rootstown on Saturday night as Drake White and The Big Fire ignited both the stage, and the Sold Out crowd at the Dusty Armadillo. OMG! What a show it was!

White, a native of Hokes Bluff in Northeastern Alabama, is...Read More »


Brothers Osborne Light Up The Agora

It’s been a while since I saw a concert at The Agora. In fact, the last time I was there was on a sultry summer night in 1978, Aug. 9, to be exact. On that evening a brash young singer from New Jersey and his band took the stage...Read More »


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 »


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