By Alyson McCullough
At 7 o’clock on Thursday, January 31st, 2019, Kane Brown and two other country singers came to the Berglund Center in Roanoke, Virginia to perform as part of Brown’s Live Forever tour. Danielle Bradbery kicked off the show with an amazing performance using her outgoing spirit to get the crowd going and ready for the rest of the show. Her part was very soulful, sweet, and laid back. Bradbery is the definition of a southern peach. She has a loving and sweet energy about her and still has the country attitude. She sang songs including ‘Potential’ and ‘Goodbye Summer,’ originally performed with Thomas Rhett. Bradbery is not a well-known artist, but she is astonishing and definitely worth the time to listen to some of her music.
After Bradbery, Granger Smith attacked the stage with an amazing and upbeat performance. He was dancing and jumping to get the crowd involved. He came into the audience for part of his song Don’t Tread on Me and was waving a flag around that said exactly that. Some of the songs Smith sang were They Were There, a song that is bringing to the listener's attention that there are men and women overseas that cannot be here with their families because they are fighting for us, and his notorious Country Boy Song that is the anthem for most of the male population in Botetourt County. Smith’s performance was very amusing because he is not afraid to be himself and dance like no one is watching. At one point, he had signed his shirt and threw it into the audience.
Kane Brown, the main performer, was incredible, to say the least. Brown started the show with one of his new songs named Baby Come Back to Me and the entire stadium was involved in the song. He used lights and smoke machines to make the show even more entertaining. Brown used the perfect balance of upbeat songs, songs most people knew and could sing along to, and slower, more heartfelt songs. Other songs, such as Work, are about his beautiful new bride Kate, who he loves dearly. He continued to say Work was written to help him remember and keep his mind clear when they have arguments. He later made his way into the crowd to interact with his fans a little during his show.
I attended the concert with seven of my close friends, Emily, Meaghan, Brandon, Coby, Naomi, Nic, and Rachael. When asked who what her favorite part of the show was and why Emily stated that her favorite part was Brown because “He was just so uplifting and amazing and he shared his experiences with us.” He had shared about his past experiences with his horrible stepfather and how he had been abused by him. This inspired one of his songs that he titled Learning. Naomi also said that Brown was very inspiring to her and listening to his music has helped her through a large amount of her life. She likes the song Learning because it helps her to remember to let the past go and that everything is going to be perfectly fine.
I had a close friend, Austin, introduce me to Kane Brown when he had first started recording and I am so incredibly thankful for him. Since then, Kane Brown has been in the majority of my music selection because his songs are very relatable and their tones change. He has love songs that make me happy and feel good, but he also has songs that are about when things do not go as planned. I have found that these songs help me cope with situations I am not sure how to handle. Brown’s songs can address moods when all I want to do is cry and the complete opposite mood of I am scream singing his music with my windows down. He has the perfect balance of emotions within his soundtracks. Live Forever is one of my top favorite songs that Brown has released. It makes my heart melt every time I listen to it. This song is the definition of a love song because the listener can feel the emotion, heart, and thought that he had put into this song. This is another song that he had written for his lovely wife.
If you are looking for someone new to listen to, Kane Brown, Granger Smith, and Danielle Bradbery are all amazing choices. You do not necessarily have to enjoy country music to fall in love with their voices.