Tree Town Day 3 – Time to Remember
by Alicia Pack
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky or dry eye by the end of day three at Tree Town. It was time to welcome legendary country artists and remember what the weekend is about.
Artist-to-watch Jimmie Allen came out hot. Actually hot. Sometimes life on the road leaves a musician with only a pair of black jeans left to wear in the afternoon sun. Allen has an electric presence and knows how to use the entire stage, including leaving it to head out into the crowd. Allen performed multiple tracks from his debut album, Mercury Lane, including number one “Best Shot,” new single “Make Me Want To,” “21,” “Warrior” and “Boy Gets a Truck.” Allen left the crowd with uplifting messages, a few funny stories and a lot of autographs.
Lindsay Ell was up next and proved she has absolutely incredible guitar and vocal skills. One of the standout female powerhouses in country music, Ell played a mix of music from John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change” to Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours.” Ell fans went wild for hits “What Happens in a Small Town” and finale “Criminal” as well as “Wildfire,” “Mint,” “Castle” and “Good.”
It wasn’t the drums or the bass that started shaking the stage, it was Trace Adkins and his incredible bass-baritone vocals. Adkins started off with “No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Chrome,” “Songs About Me,” and “Rough and Ready.” Next up were hits “Just Fishin’” and “You’re Going to Miss This.”
There is one song that Adkins only plays one weekend a year: Memorial weekend. The heart-wrenching lyrics and imagery of “Arlington” brought tears to eyes and reminded everyone that while we were all able to listen to, and enjoy, an incredible lineup of artists, there are many servicemen and woman who will never again experience a weekend like this one. In a beautiful moment that was both heartbreaking and powerful, we all took a moment to remember the fallen and their families who are missing their loved ones this holiday weekend.
After the emotional tribute, Adkins went on to perform “Every Light in the House,” “There’s a Girl in Texas,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “I’m No Angel” before finishing with raucous “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
Then it was time for Toby Keith and non-stop hits that brought fans to their feet and the volume up to 20. Keith started the night with raucous favorites “American Ride,” “God Love Her,” “Made in America,” “I Wanna Talk About Me” and “Beer for My Horses.” Then he slowed it down a notch for “Who’s That Man” and “Wish I Didn’t Know Now.”
The slowdown didn’t last for long, and the party got even rowdier when Keith raised a glass and played “Red Solo Cup.” From there it was on to “As Good as I Once Was,” “I Love This Bar,” “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?” and “A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action.”
All too soon it was time for the encore. Keith honored our fallen soldiers with “American Soldier” and “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” during which he brought families of fallen servicemembers onto the stage to sing with him.
Tree Town raised money for Families of the Fallen, a Forest City based non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and honoring the families of the ones who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.