So many things to do in NYC on a Saturday night, but once again I opt for my favorite pastime: concert going. This past Saturday, Rodney Atkins brought along Josh Thompson and Tyler Farr to the Best Buy Theatre in the heart of Times Square in NYC. The show had many empty seats in the upper section but standing room was full. I was actually pretty surprised at how full it had become since none of these guys had albums to promote, but they were still bringing in the redneck country guys and gals from NY....which there are a lot of!
One of my favorite things to see is a bare bones performance: a powerful voice and a guitar. Tyler Farr delivered. He sang his current single Redneck Crazy and Hello Goodbye along with some Johnny Cash and a little bit of Whistle from Flo-rida. I'm not sure about the rest of the crowd, but I loved his set. Give him time, because I think he is going to be big. He just needs the break.
Josh Thompson brought rockin' country to his set. Funny thing he tweeted earlier in the day "this crowd looks rowdy"...he didn't know how rowdy they really were. A fist fight erupted mid-set in the middle of the floor. He told those involved to settle down and that he was not playing anymore until it stopped. Well it did and the music resumed. He played a mix of old and new including the song which would be his new single, Hillbilly Limo, a fun up-tempo number that the crowd was singing along to by the end. I have been a fan of Josh since 2010 and I have to wonder why this guy has not had anymore hits. He tours like crazy, is terrific live and is a strong songwriter, having written cuts for both Jason Aldean and Brad Paisley. Maybe his time will be soon, I hope so.
The crowd liked Josh, but boy did they love Rodney. I had only seen Rodney twice before and once was a songwriter's series, so this is my first true concert experience with him. He was good, he played hits including Farmer's Daughter, He's Mine and Cleaning This Gun. Honestly, the crowd loved him, singing along with every song and really enjoying his set. He comes across on stage as personable and hard working. In addition, he and his talented band seem to have a good time while up there.
I was able to meet all three artists and I have to tell you, the three of them are extremely genuine, down to earth guys who talk to you without rush.
For under 30$ a ticket, this show is totally worth it.