Country Comes To Town

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I love country music.  In this city, that almost feels like a confession of AA proportions sometimes.  St. Louis has a severe lack of country.  Sure we have some big summer concerts at whatever they call Riverport now out in Earth City, but that seems about it unless I am missing something.  Luckily, the next two weekends pack a couple of great concerts.

Blake Shelton, Justin Moore and Dia Frampton at Chaifetz

Jan 13, the Well Lit & Amplified Tour comes to St. Louis. Justin Moore and Dia Frampton are the openers for Mr. Shelton on the Saint Louis University campus.

Justin Moore has seen chart success with “Small Town USA”, “Backwoods” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away”. Here’s his newest video for you:

Dia Frampton was Blake’s girl on The Voice.  She just came out with her first solo album after five with her sister in the band Meg & Dia. Here’s a sweet cover she did of  “God Bless The Broken Road”

And here’s Blake’s newest, “God Gave Me You”. If some idiot proposes to his girlfriend during this song, I will think about punching him in the face but will most likely get up to get another round of beers.  I may even double-fist, depending on the approximate age of the couple. Jeez, watching that video I really can’t wait until God gives me a woman like Miranda Lambert.

Since embedding was disabled for the video, here’s one of my favorite Blake Shelton songs



Corey Smith with Flordia Georgia Line at The Pageant–Jan 20

As cool as the Blake Shelton show seems like it will be, I am more excited for the Corey Smith show.  This will be my fourth time seeing him in concert. Surprisingly enough, I had never heard of Corey Smith before I happened to see a bio on an upcoming show in the Riverfront Times and couple years ago. Now, I’ve  even traveled to Carbondale to see him on a Thursday and back to see him Saturday in St. Louis. It’s very doubtful you’ve ever heard any of his stuff on the cookie-cutter excuses for country stations we have here, but if you don’t know the words to all of his songs, you will be in the minority at his concerts.

Here’s one of my favorites “If I Could Do It Again”

Also, check out “Drinkin’ Again” and “Twenty-One” .  This song  you may not want to listen to at work, but you can bet that everyone will know the words at the concert.

At $20, this show by the former High School Social Studies teacher is probably the best deal you’ll find in St. Louis on a concert.

Corey’s opener is just an added perk to the bill.  Florida Georgia Line is back after having played the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill back in October and The Pageant with Brantley Gilbert further back in August.  Check out these two videos, “Black Tears” and “Backwoods Beauty Queen”

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