Sugarland and Kellie Pickler ROCK Carolina Crossroads!
I had the privilege last night of attending the scheduled headlining Sugarland concert at Carolina Crossroads in Roanoke Rapids, NC.
Arriving to our VIP seats around 5pm, I was pumped! I couldn’t wait to see Sugarland. I love them. I was also anxious to see Kellie Pickler LIVE. I always thought she would perform well on a LIVE stage. American Idol gave Kellie her start but she’s really come to her own since then. I was anxious to see how much of a performer she is and she didn’t disappoint. But, Sugarland…they totally stole show.
Opening with their song “Love” from Sugarland’s latest release, “Love on the Inside”, the performance showcased both Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush individually and harmonically. It was a rockin’ tune with a bit of pyrotechnics added at just the right moments but totally started the concert off on the right note. Literally. They continued on with such songs as “Already Gone”, “All I Want to Do”, and “Joey” (from “Love on the Inside”) mixed in with such favorites as “Settlin'”, “Baby Girl”, and “Want To”. Bush joined Nettles on the BonJovi/Nettles hit, “Who Says You Can’t Go Home?” with the crowd singing the chorus to the top of their lungs. But it was their chart-topping signature hit “Stay” that you couldn’t hear a pin drop amongst the crowd (including yours truly) once again joining in but not for the chorus, rather the entire song. They closed the show with their signature hit “Something More” but came back for two encores of the cover songs “The One I Love” (by REM) and “Love Shack” (by the B-52s), of which Pickler and additional act, Ashton Shepherd joined in for the fun, wigs and all. I loved the renditions of both songs but really got into their take on the REM favorite.
New Country band, The Zac Brown Band, started off the festivities with a 20 minute set of songs off their soon to be released album, The Foundation, finishing their set with their signature tune “Chicken Fried”. I enjoyed them, more so than I thought I would since I only knew the signature hit. I found them to be harmonically and muscially a delight to listen to.
Following the Zac Brown Band as the sun set was new country artist, Ashton Shepherd. She too had about a 20-minute set showcasing music from her new album, Sounds So Good. Truthfully, I thought she could jam on guitar with the best of them and seemed really comfortable performing as long as she had that guitar in hand but as soon as she put it down, it was as if she lost the ability to stay on pitch. But, she kept the crowd going and further proved we were all anxious for Pickler to take the stage, which she did about 30 minutes later.
The moment Kellie Pickler took the stage, the crowd stood up to listen. Wearing a cute little blue tank and striped sweater set with form-fitting jeans, Kellie was radiant and her voice equally as much. Belting out such hits as “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind” and “Red High Heels” from her first album Small Town Girl and of course her latest hit, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” from her self-titled album, Kellie was rockin’! But, it was her life story heart-felt ballad, “I Wonder” that brought some in the crowd to tears (including yours truly).
I have taken some wonderful memories from this show and I highly recommend if you’re a fan of Sugarland and/or Kellie Pickler, y’all need to check them out. Well worth the price of the ticket!