Tree Town Day 2 – All About the Cowboys
You couldn’t have asked for better weather – or a better lineup – for Tree Town day two. Early in the morning, the sounds of campers waking, tour buses arriving and country music blaring floated through the back of the campgrounds. The temperature rose along with excitement for another day of unforgettable performances and more than a few songs about cowboys.
Effervescent Stephanie Quayle got the party started with smiles, rich vocals and a stage presence that you couldn’t look away from. Brandon Lay followed and covered country and rock hits and his radio singles. One of the highlights of Saturday was listening to his guitarist, JP Presley, play and mesmerize with his solos.
During a High Valley show, it’s impossible to sit and watch, they’ll have you singing, stomping and clapping along every time. Known for their mix of bluegrass notes, beautiful harmonies and wholesome lyrics, brothers Brad and Curtis played title track “Dear Life,” new music “Your Mama” and “Shut Up and Dance” the “most bluegrass song ever.” High Valley started closing out their set by running out into the crowd singing “She’s With Me.” After which, Curtis was worried they’d lost their lead singer, but he quickly reappeared backstage ready for finale “Make You Mine.”
As the sun was dropping, the crowd was ready for ‘90s country. With 40 charted singles, Tracy Lawrence has a deep pool to choose from, and he played a mix of new music releasing later this year and old favorites, including new patriotic title track “Made in America,” “Work on Willie,” “When the Cowboys Gone,” “Time Marches On” and “Texas Tornado.” Lawrence played the guitar, sang to the camera for the fans in the back to see on the big screens and had a little fun on the stage. All to soon, it was almost time to say goodbye.
Lawrence came back for six encore songs, including a cover of George Strait’s “Troubadours” and favorite “I See it Now,” as well as new songs “Chicken Wire” and “Stay Back a Hundred Feet.”
Before long, Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” started thumping the speakers to a roaring crowd. Jake Owen burst onto the stage with “Down to the Honkytonk,” purple and green western shirt and all. It didn’t take long for him to kick off his boots and sing awhile.
Owen let the crowd know that he flew in late in the afternoon because his baby girl just turned a month old and he’s staying home more. That didn’t stop him from raiding the garage beer fridge and popping a few tops before heading to Tree Town. After all, you can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning. After “Drink All Day,” Owen sang “Yee Haw,” “Anywhere with You” and “Beachin’” before calling an audible and mixing it up. He announced the set list told him to call it, so he did. Owen threw in his new song “In It,” which is his favorite track off his new album. Getting back to the set list, Owen went onto perform “Alone With You,” “Eight Second Ride,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “The One That Got Away.”
It was time for the encore. Owen came out and sang “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” and “Made for You” with just him and his guitar. Then the band was back for “I was Jack,” and the crowd was uproarious. To finish off the night, Owen’s drummer played a wild solo complete with an Animal T-shirt.
Jake Owen had the crowd rowdy and loud from the first notes to the last drumbeat. Owen used was amazing at using the entire extended stage, moving around and delighting fans with photo bombs, high fives and autographs.
With big names and talented newcomers to watch, Tree Town day two will be a hard one to beat next year.