Matt Stillwell, Casey James, Aaron Lewis, Easton Corbin and Blake Shelton: Day 3 Country Thuunder

So basically I missed a ton of concerts at Country Thunder on  Thursday and Friday, and I wanted to make up for it on Saturday. So I did my business. I mingled and watched 5 concerts that day. It seems like a lot of work, but I love doing it. Being in the concert setting watching it or  being backstage is just amazing to me. I love every minute of it.

The first guy I saw at 1:00pm was Matt Stillwell. I’ve never heard of him, I didn’t even know that name existed until I saw him at Country Thunder. To my surprise, he put a good show. It was very ” out in the sticks country” but he played all of his songs and he explained why he wrote each song. Even though he was playing to an audience of 50 people, he was still acting like he was the headlining act. Which to me says a lot about a musician, and with that being said, I would rather go see him than pay to see Big & Rich again. It wasn’t forced, it was natural, and it was good music. Not the best performance, but it was all instruments, a lot of heart and a lot of country.

Casey James came to Summerfest this year. I didn’t get to catch his concert at Summerfest which is why I made the effort to go see him. At first, I had very skeptical thoughts going to his concert. He was the runner up of American Idol and all that jazz, so I thought ” great, another one of these guys”. Boy was I wrong. This guy can WALLLLLLLLLE on his guitar. I was so impressed with his playing skills and the way he and his band played together. It was definitely not another “American Idol ” contestant. He is an artist, and a good one at that. I was very, very impressed.I would pay to see him again.
Aaron Lewis and Easton Corbin: I’m putting these two together because I have the same thoughts for both of them. They didn’t really put on  a show. I actually sat down when both of them were playing… I started to fall asleep. Not because it was bad, but it was so mellow, it really wasn’t a concert. I think they both have talent singing and playing wise but as a show, not so much.

Now Blake Shelton knows how to put on a show. He is one talented dude. I first heard his music when I was 11 or 12… I can’t remember. I heard ” Ol’ Red” on the radio and I’ve been hooked ever since…and now so is my mom because she loves ” The Voice”. But I’ve heard from many people that he is awesome to work with, and it shows in his performance. I was back stage for his concert and the way he interacts with his band is awesome. He’s just a natural at it. My biggest compliant again ( and this is for most headliners), he has so many albums, why can’t he just play more of his songs that people don’t ever hear. Otherwise, if you ever get to see him in concert, please go see him, he’s awesome live.

Overall, I think Saturday I was really happy with how most of the shows went. None of them were “bad”, but everyone could work on something to improve themselves as an artist .Everyone, in any industry, including myself, could improve on something everyday. 🙂

Matt Stillwell: Shine

Shelton: Ol’ Red

Big & Rich at Country Thunder

Sorry I haven’t kept up with my blog… FYI this blog would be longer, but for some reason my computer likes to freeze on me, and this will be my second time rewriting my thoughts.

Anyways, I was at Country Thunder this past weekend. If you don’t know what it is: Country Thunder is a huge country music festival that’s full of camping, short shorts and a lot of booze. That’s basically what it is in a nutshell. If you want a culture shock, go to thunder. It’s a really good time, and you meet a ton of cool people.


My goal this year at thunder was to not go for pleasure, but for business. I went to write reviews about the artists. Now, I want to get into the music industry, and yes, what I might say might be held against me in the near future. But, this isn’t personal opinion, this is my objective view of music and the performance. With that being said here’s what I think about Big & Rich’s performance and artist stand point.


To be completely honest, I like listening to B&R’s music. According to their website, “… their mixing of traditional country sounds with hip-hop, rock, and the occasional Native American yell…is their style” ( 2012). As a musician and a music critic, I love listening to something new and interesting which is why I enjoyed listening to them. I’m not going to sit here and say I’m a huge fan, but I like their music.

Before Country Thunder, I’ve never seen them in concert before. So I was pretty excited for this party…unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. I was late for their concert, and I really wanted to see them. Until I heard they were out of tune, they weren’t in time… everything was just off. I was so disappointed, that I left the concert early. It takes a lot for me to leave a concert, but I’m sorry I just wasn’t impressed with their performance the night of Country Thunder.

I hope for the best for Big& Rich. Yes, they are a headlining band, but if they want to be bigger, they need to put on a better performance.