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Brett Eldredge and Morgan Evans Entertain Long Island

New Yorkers were once again lucky enough to have Brett Eldredge close out the summer in Long Island. Last year, only a few days apart, Eldredge opened up for Luke Bryan at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater but this time he was the headliner of the night at the BMHMC Amphitheater at Bald Hill. Opening the show was Morgan Evans, playing the venue for the first time.

Brett Eldredge Long Island

Evans began his set talking to the crowd right off the bat before going into his first song of the night “Day Drunk”. While in the middle of the song he stopped to say, “So I’m here basically to warm you guys for Brett Eldredge tonight, so come on! And I enjoy getting to do that so I want to make sure I do a real good job, are you feeling warm yet Long Island?” Evans continued with the crowd singing along, doing just what he was set out to do. The country newcomer didn’t stop there, he sang his songs “American” and “I Do” along with incorporating covers “Free Fallin’” by John Mayer, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, “Honey, I’m Good” by Andy Grammer, and “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban to his set.

One of the highlights of the night was when he sang his number one hit song “Kiss Somebody”. Before performing the song he said, “Thanks to MyCountry 96.1 and every other radio station in America and this is the first time I get to say this on stage but this is now the number one song on country music, this is my first single!” The crowd erupted in cheers and of course, sang along to every word. Before the song was over he explained, “This week has pretty much been one of the best weeks of my entire life, thanks to you guys for loving this song, playing this song, turning it up loud when it comes on the radio, so just for this last chorus now if you know the words for this song I don’t want you to sing them I want you to scream them at the top of your lungs, can you do that for me Long Island!?” That’s exactly what the crowd did, screaming the lyrics right back to him on stage, making the first time he performed “Kiss Somebody” after hitting number one extremely memorable to the singer.

Evans accomplished his job for the night, warming up the crowd for Brett Eldredge. He closed out his set with his new song “Young Again”. Before leaving the stage the singer mentioned that his EP came out two weeks ago and his first album will be released this fall. He thanked the crowd once again and said, “I so appreciate the support up here and feeling the love I can’t wait to come back to Long Island to play for you guys again!”

Brett Eldredge Long Island

Next up was the headliner himself, Brett Eldredge. As the band took their places, Eldredge ran out on stage, drink in hand, screaming, “LONG ISLAND! Y’all ready to get down on Thursday night or what?” He started off the night with “Something I’m Good At”, the perfect song to get the crowd fired up. As the song ended he said, “Well my name is Brett Eldredge and we’ve been looking forward to this show, this is the most beautiful night we played all summer long so we gonna break it down, you ready? Let’s Go!”.  The singer was constantly smiling and moving around, never in the same spot for too long and always trying to interact with the crowd. His set list was mixed with songs from every album giving the crowd all his hit songs along with fan favorites. Some of the songs performed were “Love Someone”, “The Reason”, “Cycles”, “Time Well Spent”, “Beat of The Music”, “Lose My Mind”, “Don’t Ya”, “Superhero”, and “Wanna Be That Song”.

Brett Eldredge Long Island

Throughout the night Eldredge talked with the crowd and even brought out a very beloved guest, his dog Edgar Boogie. Edgar took the stage to perform a trick right before his owner began the Bedhead Jams portion of the show. During his Bedhead Jams, he sang songs, “Mean To Me” and “Raymond,” his first single expressing his grandmother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Another portion of the show saw some very lucky fans join the singer on stage. He sang his hit “Haven’t Met You Yet” to a little girl who had a sign pointing to her saying, “Brett’s Girl”. This wasn’t all for the night, Eldredge always brings fans up to the stage for a drink and this night was no exception. He brought up 3 fans, who were a part of Edgar Boogies fan club holding up giant pictures of him.

As the show was coming to an end the country superstar said, “So we’ve been traveling all over and this is our last weekend of the summer touring so I hate to see summer go, I hate to see it go but this is a hell of a place to watch it go right here, I wanna thank all of y’all for showing up the way you have!” This night was bittersweet for him, making the show one of the best he’s ever done. He continued his set in high energy with a cover everyone knows, “Gold Digger” by Kanye West and closed out his set with his hit song “Drunk on Your Love”. As the song came to an end he said, “Thank y’all so much, y’all better come back and see us some time! I wanna thank all of y’all for being so good to me!”

New Yorkers, can catch Morgan Evans on the Losing Sleep tour with Chris Young and Dan + Shay on December 7th at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. For those willing to travel you can catch Brett Eldredge on The Long Way tour with Devin Dawson at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City on October 12th.

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[Watch] Devin Dawson Multiply Himself in “Asking For a Friend” Video

California native Devin Dawson released the video for his second single “Asking for a Friend” earlier this week.  The song is the follow up to “All On Me” which was gold-certified and the debut from his critically acclaimed album Dark Horse.

The concept of the single has had an ambiguous meaning since it’s debut. The lyrics tell a story of a man, who is asking for forgiveness, but it is unclear whether it is for himself or actually for a friend.  Set in Dawson’s signature black and white, the narrative visually showcases the angst the main character (played by Dawson) feels, as he longs for his broken relationship, but lacks the courage to apologize. In fact, Dawson multiples himself, playing each representation of a friend in the video. The stylistic and almost futuristic vibes of the video entices the viewer to continue to watch the story unfold.

When asked about his music video for “Asking for a Friend,” and his knack for storytelling, the singer-songwriter passionately shared in a recent press release, “I will always be a lyric guy at heart and nothing makes me happier than watching those words come to life.”

Dawson proved that he is a “lyric guy at heart,” as he has utilized his platform to create a YouTube series called “Asking for a Friend – Answered”, where he gives advice to fans on any issues and conflicts he or she or a “friend” might have. Find his newest installment below.

The singer does not currently have any future shows planned for New Yorkers just yet, gets back on the road with label mate, Brett Eldredge on the Long Way Tour; however, take a look back at our review of Dawson’s opening set from the first leg of the tour back in May.

 

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Brett Eldredge Takes Over Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Last night you had not one, but two chances to catch Brett Eldredge on your television screen. Earlier in the evening, Eldredge was seen performing on the ‘Music Event of the Summer’ CMA Fest, where he performed “The Long Way”. Soon after he took over late night T.V. on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performing as part of the concert series presented by Mercedes Benz. Eldredge is not new to Kimmel, he first made his debut on the show in 2015 performing “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love” while also appearing in the Mean Tweets Country Music Editions.

Last night he closed out Kimmel performing his new hit single “Love Someone” from his self-titled album. As the music started to play, Eldredge, who was full of energy began his set asking the crowd “Y’all ready to get down tonight? I’m ready for you, here we go!” During the performance, the country star was seen dancing in sync with his lyrics and interacting with the crowd telling them it “Feels good to love you!”

“Love Someone” ended on a high note but that wasn’t the end of the night for the crowd watching Eldredge perform live. Off camera, Eldredge continued his set with other hit singles for the audience like “Drunk On Your Love “and “Wanna Be That Song”. He also performed “The Long Way” which can be seen on Jimmy Kimmel’s YouTube channel.

If you didn’t have the chance to catch The Long Way Tour yet this year, the second leg of the tour starts up in September with Devin Dawson and Abby Anderson. As well as playing other shows throughout the summer. For New Yorkers, Eldredge is performing on August 23rd at BMHMC Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Long Island with Morgan Evans and Stephanie Quayle.

 

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Brett Eldredge’s ‘The Long Way Tour’ Hits NYC with Devin Dawson & Jillian Jacqueline…

“…I didn’t really care where else we went, all I knew is I wanted to end in New York City” Brett Eldredge tells his adoring fans who spent the entire concert on their feet at Hammerstein Ballroom.  The last stop on The Long Way Tour just happened to be right here in our favorite city in the world.  Prior to the evening show, Eldredge along with his supporting acts, Devin Dawson and Jillian Jacqueline stopped by Nash FM Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 to perform a few songs, which Nash FM 94.7 DJ Jesse Addy cleverly titled “The Short Way Tour”.

Jillian Jacqueline at Nash FM 94.7 HMH Stage 17

Photo by Nash FM 94.7 via Facebook

Jacqueline was up first, performing her single “Reasons” and “Hate Me” giving fans a sneak peek of what they would hear later on during her opening set. “Life is weird sometimes, you can’t always choose the timing of things,” she explained to the Nash DJs about getting engaged and having her song “Reasons” which is a breakup song about a previous relationship head to country radio. She ended with a brand new song that she wrote called “Tragic” about making it through tough times and not taking herself too seriously.

Devin Dawson at Nash FM 94.7 HMH Stage 17

Photo by Nash FM 94.7 via Facebook

Devin Dawson was up next to preview his set for The Long Way Tour. Dawson sang “I Don’t Care Who Sees”, “Asking For a Friend” which just happens to be his next radio single and his breakout single, “All On Me”. “This is one of the funnest tours I’ve ever been on, I’m sad to say this is the last night of it, but we are going to leave it all out on the floor for you guys tonight,” he told the in-studio audience.

Brett Eldredge at Nash FM 94.7 HMH Stage 17

Photo by Nash FM 94.7 via Facebook

Brett Eldredge took the stage lastly, but not before running up and down the aisle high fiving all of the fans who spent their Saturday at Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17.  He answered some questions from Facebook Live, including a shout-out to his mom who was watching live as well. He took a seat on a stool and grabbed his guitar to sing an intimate acoustic version of “Mean to Me” as well as “Wanna Be That Song” before handing out a pair of coveted tickets to that night’s show to a lucky audience member.

Check out the full live show from Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 below…

 

Fast forwarding a few hours, The Long Way Tour had its final run at The Hammerstein Ballroom in midtown Manhattan. Jillian Jacqueline and Devin Dawson once again acted as the supporting artists.   Jacqueline sang songs from her EP including “Bleachers”, “Hate Me” and “Reasons”.  Devin Dawson then took the stage to perform songs off his debut album Dark Horse including “War Paint”, “Symptoms”, “Prison” and of course his first single “All On Me”.  The audience was so loud singing back the words, Dawson was taken back and finally got emotional when the packed room of three floors was lit up with flashlights for his finale, “Dark Horse”.  After watching the swaying lights dance in the darkness, Dawson said: “New York City, I’ve never cried on stage before, this is a night I will never forget”.

Brett Eldredge's 'The Long Way Tour' Hits NYC with Devin Dawson and Jillian Jacqueline...

Eldredge who had saved most of his energy for this last night of the tour, took the sold-out room by storm, singing all of his hits, including “The Reason”, “Something I’m Good At”, “Lose My Mind” and “Don’t Ya”.  Pausing to slow things down a bit, the crew brought out a full-size bed, Eldredge put on a “Bed Head Jamz” zip-up sweatshirt and had his dog Edgar on stage with him to perform a live version of the Instagram famous “Bed Head Jamz”.  The audience sang along with him to “You Are My Sunshine” and then performed “Raymond” one of the first songs he had ever released which is about his grandma.

He invited back to the stage his opening acts to join him in singing Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” then ended the night of incredible music with “Cast Away” and “Drunk on Your Love”.  The Long Way Tour closed out its Spring run with a sold-out New York City show and the three levels of fans will agree it was a night to remember.

Jillian Jacqueline, Brett Eledredge and Devin Dawson with NYCountry Swag's Christina Bosch and Stephanie Wagner

Jillian Jacqueline, Brett Eledredge and Devin Dawson with New York Country Swag’s Christina Bosch and Stephanie Wagner. (Photo by Nash FM 94.7 via Facebook)

 

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[Watch] Brett Eldredge Sing “The First Noel” on Good Morning America…

 

With Christmas just days away, check out the video above of Brett Eldredge performing “The First Noel”.  Eldredge starts the beautiful hymn acapella, showcasing his incredible voice.  Be sure to follow our Country Christmas Spotify playlist for more of our favorite holiday songs.

 

 

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15 Songs We Wish Were Singles in 2017…

15 Singles Great Lyrics

Sometimes, the songs buried deep in an artists’ album are even better than the singles sent to radio.  Here are our Top 15 favorite cuts from albums’ released this year (so far), in the order that they were released.

 

Lauren Alaina’s “Three”

On her sophomore album, Alaina has plenty of songs that are raw and honest but “Three”, a real look at what you miss when you follow your dreams, is definitely a standout on the record.

Key Lyrics: “A lot of miles, a lot of tears / You’ve given me some of my best years / There’s so much I had to miss out on / Six years of missing home for three minutes on the radio”

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Brett Young “Olivia Mae”

A smooth vocal and powerful lyrics, Brett Young delivers on this love song from his self-titled debut album.

Key Lyrics:Olivia Mae I hope it ain’t just me / From where I’m standing I can see / Us finding our own kind of meant to be / Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right / But I just had to try / Olivia may I?”

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Little Big Town “Lost in California”

This melody is addicting and this entire album is incredible, but this song blends harmonies with soft simple imagery.

Key Lyrics: “Whisper in my ear, dreamin’ disappear, say you’ll take me / Where the world unwinds / Lost in California / Let’s chase the waves and let ’em take us under / On some deserted piece of virgin sand, yeah / Hold on to the freedom and the wonder / While we can”

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Sunny Sweeney “Bottle by My Bed”

This song is meaningful and touches on a topic that is usually not talked about, Sunny Sweeney’s voice along with a beautiful cello make this song one of the best on the album.

Key Lyrics: I’d rather be in a carpool lane than this big cold limousine / I’d trade every pair of high heel shoes for a high chair in the dining room / Don’t even know you yet but I know I love you”

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Steve Moakler “Siddle’s Saloon”

Based on his grandfather’s bar, this song perfectly describes a local spot to find a rowdy good time. Take a listen and let this great tune get stuck in your head.

Key Lyrics:  “It’s been a long week, and we’re glad you came by / The stories and punch lines and cold icy Lite / Well if you’re not here, we’ll be asking ’bout you / Come Saturday night at Siddle’s Saloon / Hey, hey, hey”

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Charlie Worsham “Southern By the Grace of God”

We love this tune from Charlie Worsham, simply put it sheds light on living life in the south in the best possible ways.

Key Lyrics:  “I’m tellin’ y’all this delta drawl / Is stuck to me like buzz on a honeybee / Country is as country does and look here ’cause / You can’t out-country me / Hound dog howlin’ in front porch blues / Kids run ’round outside with no shoes or socks / Southern by the grace of God”

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Brett Eldredge “Castaway”

Closing out his most recent self-titled album, “Castaway” highlights Eldredge’s perfect tone and the melody will pull at your heartstrings.

Key Lyrics:  “I’d be naive to ever think / You’re at your door waiting for me / So why do I always try / To run away from you / Please don’t say a castaway / Is what I was born to do / I guess I’ll always be lost without you”

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Old Dominion “Still Writing Songs About You”

On an album full of potential singles and number one hits, this song which we first heard at a writers round last summer in NYC is a highlight on Happy Endings.

Key Lyrics: “You on the sunny Santa Monica freeway / You on a bed and a mini bar three-day haze / With your hair and my heart all a mess in the morning / I’ve gotten drunk on whiskey and women / Woke up in places that we’ve / never been in / Spending all night and all day trying to say something new / But I’m still writing songs about you”

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Midland “More Than A Fever”

One of our favorite new acts out of Nashville, this trio is bringing back traditional country music and “More Than A Fever” is a great mid-tempo jam that’s all about love makin’.

Key Lyrics:  “Your hands all over me like they were velvet / There’s no way to temper this desire / I’m on fire tonight / More than a fever / Girl, you’ve got the red line on the rise / More than a fever / And I don’t wanna break it tonight”

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Thomas Rhett “Life Changes”

The title track of Thomas Rhett’s latest album features one of many different vibes on the record, this particular song is more of R&B and spoken word than country but Rhett narrates his life story featuring his wife Lauren and the changes they have experienced with their growing family.

Key Lyrics:  I remember the day I told my Daddy and Mama you’re gonna have a grandkid, yep from Uganda, that’s right, we’re adopting / And she is the cutest little girl that you’ve ever seen / Well I was wrapping my head around being a dad, a bigger wrench got thrown in the plans we thought we’d had / Now Lauren’s showin’ and got one on the way / Yeah that’s two under two, hey, what can I say? / Ain’t it funny how life changes / You wake up ain’t nothing the same and life changes”

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Carly Pearce “Color”

With her debut single “Every Little Thing” currently sitting in the top spot on the country charts, Carly Pearce’s debut self-titled album is filled with beautiful love songs.  One of our favorites is “Color”.

Key Lyrics:  Well, you’re the rock, you’re the steady / You need someone to push you in before you’re ready / Well, I’m the rush, I’m the crazy / But I’ll be circling the moon without you, baby / You be the lines, I’ll be the color”

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Russell Dickerson “Would You Love Me”

Russell Dickerson has said that his debut album Yours, is a 12 song love letter to his wife Kailey and “Would You Love Me” is no exception. This reggae infused jam will definitely be stuck in your head.

Key Lyrics: “Cause I’ma love you til the sun burns out / Love you til my heart breaks down / Listen baby ain’t no doubt that / I’ma love you, I’ma love you, I’ma love you / I’ma love you til we’re old and grey / Love you til we’re running out of days / Hear me, baby, when I say that / I’ma love you, I’ma love you, I’ma love you”

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Lee Ann Womack “Hollywood”

Off of her latest full-length LP, The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, “Hollywood” has an ominous tone about a relationship falling apart.

Key Lyrics: “Like the silver screen,  it’s a technicolor dream / We pretend it’s real, but it’s only make-believe / Lying in our bed in the middle of Act Two, We say, “goodnight, I love you” / We never miss our cue / I ask you if you mean it, you say, “Yes”, I knew you would / Well, either I’m a fool for asking, or you belong in Hollywood”

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Kelsea Ballerini “In Between”

Right in the middle of her sophomore album is this remarkable song about growing up and feeling stuck between a girl and a woman.

Key Lyrics:  Sometimes I’m my mother’s daughter, sometimes I’m her friend / Sometimes I play grown up and sometimes I play pretend / Sometimes I’m a princess dressed all curves / And sometimes I just wanna scream “I’m not a little girl!“ / Dumb enough to think I know it all / Smart enough to know I don’t / Young enough to think I’ll live forever / Old enough to know I won’t”

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Lee Brice “Songs in the Kitchen”

Also released earlier this month, Lee Brice’s self-titled album features his most vulnerable and personal songs.  “Songs in the Kitchen” even mentions Lee and his brother Lewis (who is also an artist) singing in the car when they were kids.

Key Lyrics: “All my dreams came true, my songs took me far away / Now I’m singing them every night in these bright lights up on this stage / If you catch me, close my eyes every now and then, to tell you the truth / I’m probably just missing, songs in the kitchen”

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