John Michael Montgomery, Coffey Anderson,
and Jason Helms Band "Wow" Crowd
at 6th Annual Concert
by: Bobby McDonald
Country recording artist, John Michael Montgomery, headlined Saturday night's show and wowed the
crowd with such favorites as "I Swear," "I Love the Way You Love Me," "Life's a Dance," and
one of my favorites, "Letter from Home."
The parking lot to Gerald Prim Stadium was covered in lawn chairs on Saturday night, as a large crowd of local residents made their way to the 6th Annual Hot August Night Concert, featuring headliner, John Michael Montgomery, Coffey Anderson, and the Jason Helms Band. And, all proceeds went to benefit the local volunteer fire departments in Hopkins County. Cooler temperatures with a nice "breeze" made for a very pleasant evening of music and fun, as the area is poised for the opening of school on Monday.
The evening began with The Jason Helms Band, who entertained the crowd with a selection of his current and past hits, including "Where You Wanna Go," "My Kind of Woman," "Hometown Hero," "Tell Another Lie," "On and One," and "My Baby's All Right."
The second performer of the night was up and coming Texas Red Dirt and Christian artist, Coffey Anderson, who many who had previously seen at the recent PBR Bull Riding event, when he sand the national anthem, while others remembered him from his performances on Nashville Star. Anderson worked the crowd with his Southern Man....."Let me be your Southern man.....catfish fryin' in the pan....This is the story from which I came....I'm just tryin' to be yo Southern man!"
And, certainly the crowd could identify with Coffey Anderson, a native of the North Texas community of Bangs!
Coffey then brought roses to the stage and invited the men in the crowd to come and retrieve one for their wife or sweetheart, as he sang his new wedding/love song, "Better Today!" He also added, "Let Me Love You," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "All Ye Listen." The crowd was "primed" by the personal and genuine performer.
Meanwhile, headline performer, John Michael Montgomery, was hosting a "Meet and Greet" for sponsors of Saturday night's concert, in the Sulphur Springs Wildcat Fieldhouse, where he visited, and signed autographs with local firemen, stage sponsors, and a number of invited guests.
Both Montgomery and I decided, after our visit, that maybe we should have
taken our photo together, some 20 years ago!
But, Montgomery took to the stage at approximately 8:30 p.m., and began his section of the show with his first "chart topping hit," "Life's A Dance," and had the crowd on their feet, for a spectacular show! He performed his hits such as "Letter from Home," "I Swear," and "I Love the Way You Love Me," which he indicated was the best-written song he'd ever made popular. The slow and easy country ballads were conducive to dancing, and a number of couples in the crowd took advantage of the opportunity, near the front stage, to show-off their two-stepping skills!
A Great Concert and Fun Night
in Sulphur Springs!!!