As part of The Tribune’s coverage of the 2013 California Mid-State Fair, we’re running a series of concert reviews. Below, Tribune staffer Lori Scott talks about Thursday’s concert featuring Brantley Gilbert and Trace Adkins.
Brantley Gilbert is an up-and-coming artist that truly knows how to rock the house. Although the house was only approximately half-full, those of us who were there got a good show.
Brantley played his No. 1 songs “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don't Know Her Like I Do,” as well as other chart toppers and some not-on-the-chart songs as well. He really seemed like he wanted to put on a good show, and he did not disappoint.
He interacted with the audience well, and the crowd responded well to him.
It was evident that Brantley wasn't feeling 100 percent judging by the way his voice sounded, but that didn't stop him from rocking it. He will be someone to keep an eye on in the country music scene..
Trace Adkins opened his half of the show with “Come To Papa,” wearing a pair of Wrangler jeans and a red muscle shirt. That song really showed off his low voice well.
After that, he went right into “One Hot Mama,” which was obviously one of the crowd favorites.
Trace didn't say a lot to the crowd. He is a gentle giant who isn't much into fan interaction, but he made up for it with the number of songs that he sang.
In the area where we were sitting, it was cool to see several couples getting out of the stands and dancing about five songs into his set list.
I don't know how many songs of his own he sang in total, but it was cool that Trace covered a few other songs by other artists as well. It was another beautiful night at the California Mid-State Fair.