You never quite know what to expect for a turnout when a Texas or Red Dirt artist comes to Hill Country NYC, but the crowd for William Clark Green's first appearance in the Big Apple this past Saturday night proves his music, which is massively popular in Texas, is also reaching fans outside the Lone Star State.
Not only a talented group, WCG and his band of four's enjoyment while playing is undeniable. Cameron Moreland [drums] and Ryan [bass] adeptly keep the beat while Josh Serrato and Steve Marcus both have some serious guitar chops. Green's vocals, gravelly yet warm draw you into a song whether a ballad or a song about a bad trip. As a front man, he is personable, and funny with a great energy, and definitely isn't afraid to let the band share the spotlight.
The set kicked off with "It's About Time" and continued with ninety minutes of his own music as well as a more than adequate cover of The Band's "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Native Texans and New Yorkers alike sang along to "Hanging Around," "She Likes The Beatles," (with it's appropriate "Start Me Up" intro) and "Dead Or In Jail" while the Cajun flavored "Let's Go" had people on their feet. They also did two tracks from upcoming album Ringling Road: the first single, "Sympathy," which already went to #1 on the Texas charts and the title track which paints a vivid picture of the characters and debauchery of a travelling circus. They closed down in true honky tonk fashion with "Wishing Well."
Great Music. Great Time. Here's to the first of many trips back up to NYC!
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Cumulus Media's NASH 94.7 in New York hosted the first NASH BASH Country concert at Barclays Center Tuesday night, in the intimate Cushman & Wakefield Theater. New York Country fans enjoyed an all-star lineup of artists, including headliner Cole Swindell performing his chart-topping song "Chillin' It" and his hit single "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." Other performers included Country favorites Gloriana, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray. The evening was emceed by NASH 94.7 personalities Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy.
Michael Ray kicked off the night's festivities with an eight song set, including a cover of "Dust On The Bottle," that had the crowd on their feet from the moment he took the stage. The newcomer repeatedly thanked everyone for coming and seemed genuinely thrilled to be playing the show. Jana Kramer followed Ray. She was a fireball of energy working the stage, stomping her feet and interacting with the crowd all while seeming to have a blast. The songs she performed included "Why Ya Wanna," "Boomerang," "I Got The Boy" and "Whiskey."
Gloriana began their set with their hit from 2009 "Wild At Heart" and continued with eight more songs including their current Top 30 single, "Trouble," as well as "Can't Shake You," "Kiss You Goodnight," and a well done cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams." The trio's set was a personal highlight of the evening. Their sound was polished and they were comfortable and confident onstage. Tom alternated between instruments and vocals with ease and Rachel executed her duties as vocalist and front woman perfectly. They closed with a The Beatles "Come Together."
From the second headliner Cole Swindell came onto the stage, the crowd was on their feet. He played his three #1 hits as well as other songs from his debut album while people danced in their seats and sang along. Swindell has the distinction of being the first country artist to play the Barclay's Center twice: once supporting Luke Bryan and now as headliner.
This was the first NASH BASH concert at Barclays Center as part of the newly-launched partnership between Cumulus Media and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the Brooklyn venue.