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Gary Allan heads St. Judes benefit concert

Posted by Administrator on March 25, 2013 at 11:10 AM



WSSL 100 held their semi-annual Acoustic Jam on March 20 to benefit St. Judes Children's Hospital and filled the Blindhorse Saloon in Greenville,SC, to capacity with excited country fans. Appearing at the all acoustic show were Gary Allan, Jana Kramer, Thompson Square, Easton Corbin and The Henningsens. The line to get into the free show began forming around 11am with the stars not scheduled to take the stage until 8pm. Tickets were required to attend the standing room only show which many acquired by donating to Whistle 100's annual radiothon to benefit St. Judes. Others got their ticket to jam at the numerous ticket drops in the surrounding areas of the Upstate. A few lucky fans even won VIP party passes which allowed them the opportunity to mingle with the artists, get autographs and pictures.


The two+ hour show kicked off with The Henningsens, newcomers to many, but the family trio are no strangers to the music business and have been writing hits for years that you hear on the radio every day. The seasoned songwriters performed one of the songs recorded by The Band Perry that they penned, "All Your Life". After sitting in on their sound check, I was blown away by their beautiful harmonies even before they took the stage for the real show. The acoustic performance of the title track off their album "American Beautiful" was incredible. 


Easton Corbin wooed the crowd with his sweet country boy charm, belting out several of his hits. It was a sing along as the crowd didn't miss a word singing with Easton during "All Over The Road", "Loving You Is Fun" and "A Little More Country Than That". Corbin was a crowd favorite for sure. 


Thompson Square took a quick breather from Luke Bryan's Dirt Road Diaries tour to stop by and entertain for a good cause. The husband and wife duo even shared an onstage kiss after a little encouragement from Jana Kramer.Keifer and Shawna performed hit after hit during the show, "Glass", "If I Didn't Have You", "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "I Got You". The lovely couple capped off their performance with the title track from their album that releases Tuesday, March 26, "Just Feels Good."


Jana Kramer has an awesome, energetic stage presence that partners with her beautiful voice and talent becoming the perfect recipe for an incredible, crowd pleasing charismatic performer. Kramer performed her latest single "Whiskey" with the crowd singing along word for word. Her performances of "Why Ya' Wanna" and "I Hope It Rains" both had the crowd cheering. If you weren't a fan of Kramer when you arrived, you were when you left. This girl has personality, stage presence and staying power. Jana even treated the crowd to a song she recently wrote which she says "may or may not make it onto my next album, but I love to sing it". The song had a "Johnny and June" reference which we know has meaning to Kramer and her fiancee', Brantley Gilbert, after hearing the story of his sweet proposal. And yes, the diamond on her finger shined like the bright star that she is from the stage.


Gary Allan certainly had a hand in the masses that came out for the show. It's not too often that you get the chance to see an artist with Allan's staying power in such a small venue. He even commented, "I haven't been in this bar in ten years", but he clearly enjoyed the intimate setting as he sang some old and new hits for the close to 2000 in attendance. He performed "Right Where I Need To Be" first, one of my absolute favorites, especially acoustic. That was followed by "Smoke Rings In The Dark", "It Ain't The Whiskey" from his latest chart topping album, 'Set You Free', along with "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)", the lead single from the cd, which he just celebrated at a #1 party in Nashville. Gary even did a special request for a fan when he performed "Sand In My Soul" from his latest album.




But wait! There's more. Sheryl Crow, yes, Sheryl Crow showed up as a surprise guest and joined the already amazing lineup on stage to the delight of the crowd. After hugging Allan and commenting on all the talent she was joining, Sheryl took to her spot performing acoustic versions of "Easy", "Picture" into "If It Makes You Happy" and "Strong Enough To Be My Man". It was the perfect addition to an already incredible night of great music. And who doesn't love a surprise, especially a good one like that!


The stars all stayed out on the stage signing autographs and greeting fans long after the show was over. It was a wonderful event for the fans and a great way to help St. Judes Children's Research Hospital continue their work that blesses so many precious lives.


Categories: Gary Allan, Thompson Square, Easton Corbin

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Reply Bev Havens
6:52 AM on October 15, 2014 
Awesome guys! Thanks so much for participating to benefit such a phenomenal cause. St Jude is such a blessing to so many. What great news that you were so willing to give freely of your time and talents. My grandson was a patient at St Jude in 2012, fortunately before we needed the services of St. Jude (because of the rare tumor he was diagnosed with) I had been a donor and since definitely have continued to donate to St. Jude regularly. My grandson's foundation works with St. Jude in helping to fund parents with children diagnosed with cancer having financial difficulties. Thanks again for your participation - awesomeness right there!
Reply Debbie
2:41 PM on October 15, 2014 
As a mother of a child who battled and lost, thank you for supporting.
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