K102 Fan Jam: Spring Break
by Molly Pass
It’s finally spring here in Minnesota and we are ready to party. The spring weather came just in time for the K102 Fan Jam: Spring Break Party sponsored by Miller Lite at MythLive in Maplewood, MN. The only way in was to win, so the room was filled with dedicated K102 listeners who love their country music. The line-up for the night consisted of Trent Harmon, Maddie and Tae and Rodney Atkins.
Trent Harmon, winner of the 15th and final season of the original American idol in 2016, took the stage first to kick off the night. After winning his season, he was signed to Big Machine Records and has been working on some things ever since. Some people would describe his sound as a country voice mixed with Indie-influenced elements which makes for a memorizing voice and some strong pipes.
Trent Harmon played a variety of songs from his self-titled album and his new album, You Got ‘Em All, that will be coming out on May 18th. Some newer songs that we heard were ‘Her’ and ‘You Got ‘Em All.’ He also sang his hit from his self-titled album, ‘There’s a Girl’ which had the crowd going. We were even lucky enough to hear one of his unreleased songs from his upcoming album, ‘On Paper.’
If you’ve never listened to Trent Harmon, then you need to give him a listen! His wide range of vocals make for an awesome sound that keeps you on your toes. His album, ‘You Got ‘Em All’ comes out May 18th! Thank you K102 for being the first station in the United States to play Trent Harmon on the air.
Maddie and Tae
The ever so sweet female duo, Maddie and Tae, took to the stage second to keep the Fan Jam party going. The two upbeat ladies showed so much love and passion for the crowd and their music that it was hard to not fall in love if you weren’t already fans.
Having their debut album, Start Here, released back in 2015 and recently signing to Mercury Records, the country world is ready for some more Maddie and Tae and that is what we got tonight. The girls continually thanked us for being such loyal supporters, and showed us a couple sneak peeks that will be on their upcoming album. These new songs included: ‘Ain’t There Yet,’ ‘Trying on Rings’ and ‘Friends Don’t’ which is being released on Friday. They ended their time on stage with some crowd favorites such as ‘Fly,’ ‘No Place Like You,’ and ‘Girl in a Country Song’ which puts a spin on the typical bro-country often heard on the radio. This song as also reached No. 1 on Country Airplay.
There is some exciting times happening right now for Maddie and Tae and we sure can’t wait to hear some more of the dynamic duo. Check out their new single, ‘Friends Don’t,’ coming out April 27th. These girls love keeping it country, but aren’t afraid to throw in some pop elements to keep their music upbeat and fun. Maddie and Tae are definitely ready for their comeback to country music, and we are too!
Rodney Atkins was nothing short of amazing. With 6 No. 1’s in his music career, he seems to have this country music thing down. Having been signed with Curb Records since 1996, he is just beginning to release some more music after a little break. He took some time off to be a family man, get married, have a baby and find some more motivation for new songs in the making.
Rodney Atkins did not disappoint the crowd and gave them all the crowd favorites. These ranged from songs on all of his albums such as ‘Take a Back Road,’ ‘Watching You,’ ‘If You’re Going Through Hell,’ and ‘Farmer’s Daughter.’ We also got to hear, ‘Caught Up in the Country’ which just hit the radio this week.
Encore performances aren’t common at Fan Jams, but the crowd wanted more of Rodney Atkins. He came out one more time with ‘Cleaning This Gun’ to end the show with a bang. Rodney Atkins seemed refreshed and ready to continue to create music for us. Keep your eyes on Atkins as I sense some more music coming soon from him.
K102 sure knows how to throw a party. From the line-up to the continuous country music all night long, the crowd was having a ball. My favorite part about K102 Fan Jams is that the artists are so thankful of the radio station and crowd’s support of their music, new and old, so they are more willing to play a variety of songs. I love that K102 is always one of the first stations in the country to take a leap of faith and believe in upcoming artists. They continually bring us our favorite artists, and that’s why K102 is MY country.