It's not often that you can say that a 3 time GRAMMY Award Winner, member of the Grand Ole Opry, and all around musical genius is coming to play at your campus. Well, for the Red Wolves at Arkansas State University, that was a reality this Thursday night…and then some. CAM and Eric Paslay joined star Brad Paisley for the first 2016 stop of the “Crushin’ It” World Tour. With an intense winter storm approaching, no snow, nor sleet, nor wind could keep Jonesboro in and away from a night like this.
“Hey Arkansas!” CAM welcomed herself to the stage in front of a loaded basketball arena Thursday night at Arkansas State University.
CAM opened up the night with new material from her latest album, Untamed. Untamed is looking to be CAM’s breakthrough album. With songs like “Half Broke Heart,” “Mayday,” and “Burning House,” CAM lit up the stage and the audience as fans let their iPhones shine in the crowd.
From one up and comer to another, Eric Paslay took the stage performing his hit song, “Somethin’ Bout a Girl.” The Waco, Texas singer/songwriter told his story of climbing the ranks of songwriting in Nashville as he performed his first number one song, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” Living an hour away from Austin, Paslay spent most of his time trying to get his own gigs. Paslay found success, however, from writing songs for other acts, such as Eli Young Band and Jake Owen. Paslay is now paving his own path with his two new singles, “She Don’t Love You,” and “High Class.”
With a strong, country-rock sound, Eric Paslay planted a seed in the minds of all fans in attendance. The next performer to take the stage however, has already rooted himself into country hearts everywhere. Brad Paisley, the former Belmont Bruin, strapped with his cherry red telecaster and signature Paisley print, took over the stage.
For those who don’t know, Paisley is an incredible guitarist and has even coined his own particular playing style, known as “chicken-pickin” where the tone is generated from using a thumb pick and fingers rather than a traditional guitar pick. With all that being said, BRAD PAISLEY IS ONE OF THE BEST CHICKEN PICKERS OUT THERE. Each song had an individual guitar solo that told it’s own story with it’s own brand of emotion. It really was incredible to see how Paisley could manipulate his guitar to sing his song better than he could himself.
To say the least, I was surprised by how much fun this concert truly was, and even though going in I really only knew a handful of Brad Paisley songs, I think I left with a little more respect for country music altogether.