Monday, December 30, 2013

Country Concerts of 2013

Rhonda Vincent singing with with Stephanie Harris, 
Michelle Canning, & Ruth McLain Smith at Renfro Valley. 
By Jessica Blankenship
In the years past, I usually racked up about 40-50 concerts a year.  This year, I slowed down and went to fewer shows.  There are many reasons being that there were few "quality" shows so to speak and those that I did want to go to fell on a weekend that I already had plans or ticket prices were so high that by the time I paid for tickets, gas, food, merch, perhaps lodging, etc, it was well above my budget.  There are a few concerts that I would have given anything to attend in 2013: Muddy Roots Festival Summer Edition, Oak Ridge Boys at KY State Fair (that's always on my yearly list), George Jones Memorial Tribute Concert, and Wayne Mills Memorial Tribute concert.  Here is a listing of most of the shows that I attended this year.  I can't remember all of them unfortunately.  Talk about a WIDE variety.  Some might surprise you, or even me. haha.

  1. Fifth on the Floor, Whitey Morgan, Rachel Brooke, Shooter Jennings - FOTF Album Release at Busters
  2. Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Brian Davis at The Arena in Corbin
  3. Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi at The Arena in Corbin
  4. Brian Davis & David Adam Byrnes at University of Kentucky
  5. Halfway to Hazard at Riptides
  6. Shooter Jennings at Renfro Valley
  7. Jamey Johnson at Renfro Valley
  8. Oak Ridge Boys at Renfro Valley
  9. Rhonda Vincent at Renfro Valley
  10. Justin Wells at Sidebar Grill
  11. Puddin Howell at Austin City
  12. Greg Bates, Josh Pruno, and Aly'an at Froggy St. Jude Jam
  13. Fifth on the Floor, Jayke Orvis, Carolina Still at Busters
  14. Whitey Morgan at the New Vintage
  15. Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Josh Thompson at Northern KY University
  16. Bobby Mackeys
  17. Chris Stapleton at the World Chicken Festival
  18. Fifth on the Floor at Thursday Night Live - London
  19. Blackberry Smoke at Froggy Field Party
  20. Craig Wayne Boyd & Chris Janson at Truck Pull
  21. KY Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 
  22. Unbridled Eve Derby Eve with Luke Bryan & Jo Dee Messina
  23. Grand Ole Opry 3 Times - Chris Janson, Rhonda Vincent, Blackberry Smoke, Aaron Tippin,  and more.