There actually never was a bet for $100 to see who could party harder, but if there had been we would have won. The crowd was magnificent Saturday at JC Cowboys. One of the best I've seen in recent history. And as always Kirk and crew at JC Cowboys know how to throw one hell of a party.
2 Steps Back took the stage first, and I'll say this. What I've heard from the album, I like. Saturday, however, they had no drummer. The intensity of the music was lost at times, and other times it just felt a little awkward. I think if everything had been stripped down and put in an "acoustic" setting, the reception would have been a little better. It wasn't terrible. It wasn't great. Hopefully sometime in the future I will be able to catch these guys full band.
James Lann sounded better acoustic than a lot of full bands I've seen in my lifetime. The moment he opened his mouth, my wife looked at me and said, "I love him!" I'll let that slide due to the fact that I fell in love with James that night as well. Just don't tell my wife. His voice is smooth yet strong enough to demand your attention. Every word was offered up with a mountain of emotion behind it, and afterwards I bought up everything James Lann that I could find.
When I showed up at JC Cowboys (at 8:30PM), I was greeted with the news that I would be doing Granger's intro. Honored and horrified are the two words that come to mind. Honored that Granger would request such a thing. Horrified because I was completely unprepared. I don't do "last minute" very well, oddly enough. When you do these introductions, sometimes the artist will give you specific talking points, others say wing it (like Granger's people). So I ran over to my wife, grabbed my cell phone, and took to the stage. This is what my view looked like of you guys:
Granger took the stage and "killed it" as they say in the industry. From start to end, he never let up. It was one giant rowdy and wild party until Earl Dibbles Jr. left the stage. If you missed Saturday night, you owe it to yourself to catch Granger Smith the next time he is in the area. It's not just a show. It's not just a concert. With Granger and crew, it's an experience.