SMITH the band will be performing at the Skyloft in Laguna Beach, CA on March 5th. This is a good place to come see the band play its selection of country music covers. The band has been learning quite a few new songs and will be running through them that evening. It should be a hoot.
If you have not seen our recent promotional YouTube country music videos, you should check them out. We are very happy with how they turned out. Our wedding clients have helped us pick some of the best modern country out today. Thanks to them word of mouth is spreading and the band is getting hired a lot for weddings, parties and corporate events.
Since the birth of the SMITH country band, the band has seen the number of audience members increase as well as their knowledge of the songs the band covers. More and more audience members are singing the words along with us. In addition, while at one time many people shunned country music, it is now obvious it is a leading force in the music business today. The acceptance and embracement of country music is feeling more mainstream than ever before because the demographic of people listening to it is changing. This audience makes more money and spends more on country music. This latest article backs up that observation.
Country Music’s Popularity And Influence Continues To Rise
There’s no disputing that on radio dials, country music is king.
The format has been the most popular among American adults for
several years in a row. Its 15.2% market share of the listener
base dwarfs news/talk (10.6%), top 40 (8%) and adult contemporary
stations (7.6%). Radio stations are flipping to the country format
in large numbers: there were 4,002 monitored country stations in
2015, up almost 40% from the 2,874 stations in 2008. According to
a new report by Nielsen, country fans aren’t just listening:
they’re spending big bucks, too.
Garth Brooks is the #1 earner in country music.
Kenny Chesney #2 highest country music earner.
Carrie Underwood is #8.
Jason Aldean is on the list too.
Nielsen pegs the median household income for country fans at
$65,000—26% higher than the national average. Country fans are
also 29% more likely than listeners of other formats to purchase a
truck or a pickup as their next vehicle. Perhaps unsurprising,
since recent hit radio songs include “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,”
“Truck Yeah” and “I Drive Your Truck,” just to name a few.
While the numbers of people watching the CMA awards was off the other night because of Game 7 of the World Series, there is no doubt that number would have been bigger than ever before. The show is better produced, has better live performances and feels slicker than almost any other award show on TV. If you missed the show, here are some performance highlights.
We went the Irvine Meadows show for Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere On A Beach” tour. This review was right on the money.
As a HUGE Dierks Bentley fan, I’ve been anxiously waiting for Dierks Bentley to announce an Arizona show. Unfortunately, this year has yet to bring Dierks Bentley home. During a trip to Denver, Colorado I was able to get tickets to Dierks sold-out show at my bucket list venue – Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado. The drive to the venue was short, but beautiful. The fall temps brought a perfect 75 degrees. The change of seasons made the trees full of vibrant autumn colors. Once at Red Rocks Amphitheater, we hiked up to the top. We took our time observing the beautiful scenery and the stage below before making our way down to our seats. When the concert began, all of the red rocks lit up from the lights. There was a cool breeze in the air making this bucket list experience perfect.
The show was opened with a newcomer to the country scene named Tucker Beathard. Beathard has been touring with Dierks for the better part of the year. He opened the show with “Fight Like Hell,” finished up with “Whiskey in a Wine Glass,” and his current radio single, “Rock On”. Beathard was great. He had the crowed warmed up and ready to go for the rest of the night. Beathard is a new country artist worth keeping your eye on. At one point during the show Dierks joked about for the first time they had a caterer on tour, Beathard would always leave and get Taco Bell for dinner instead. So, Dierks said he would be giving Tucker a $1,000 gift card for Taco Bell for touring with him. Tucker Beathard sure knows how to “Rock on!“
Randy Houser came out of the gates on fire. He started off with his recent #1 song “We Went” and it brought a contagious and exhilarating energy to the crowd. He went on to play more well-known songs such as “Goodnight Kiss”, “How Country Feels”, “Boots On”, and “Like a Cowboy”. Houser took advantage of this opportunity and held nothing back during his performance. He used his time to make an amazing impression on the crowd and prove he has a showmanship like no other. After the set was finished Houser asked the audience if he would take a moment to a take a picture with the band because he was truly amazed at the beautiful surroundings. Randy Houser is the perfect example of Pure Country and that is how he was received by the audience.
The anticipation for Dierks Bentley to grace the stage was unreal. When he came out, there was electricity from the excitement running through the veins of the fans. Bentley opened with “On the Ridge” from his bluegrass roots. It was a huge surprise that was eagerly accepted as the crowd went wild. His set included “Tip it on Back,” “Am I the Only One,” “What the Hell Did I Say,” “I Hold On,” “It’s Different for Girls,” and many more. Surprisingly, “Black” made it on the set. Bentley spoke of the importance of the song title and what his beautiful wife means to him. At one point during the show, Bentley compared the Red Rocks setting to a big church with how the seating is arranged, “Well, a church where you can drink beer,” according to Bentley.
One of the many high points during Bentley’s performance was the introduction of Maren Morris to the stage to perform their duet “I’ll be the Moon.” They also performed “Bad Angel” with Randy Houser. Bentley’s big finale was “Drunk on a Plane” where the front part of a plane cruised on stage. Dierks fumbled around attempting to get out of the plane in an act to look a bit tipsy which got the crowd going even louder. After Dierks exited the plane more people continued to pile out. All of the plane passengers were dressed in footsie pajamas or some type of costume. This made a perfect ending to a unforgettable show. Red Rocks Amphitheater is a must see venue filled with a breath taking view surrounded by beautiful scenery. It was an honor to see Dierks Bentley perform at this iconic venue. I can’t wait to him again in his home state of Arizona!
SMITH performed live country music at Shepherd of the Hills in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA to a fun and enthusiastic audience. The two set show was peppered with modern and classic country music. The kids ran all over the place and performed numerous acrobatic maneuvers while the band played such hits as “Famous in a Small Town” by Miranda Lambert.
The band has been very busy this summer performing all over Southern California. There have been quite a few city concert in park events as well as many private events. Country weddings are becoming a band specialty. There have also been several out of state gigs. Las Vegas, NV and Scottsdale, AZ were two notable recent gigs.
SMITH will be rockin’ the country on June 24 in Moreno Valley. This is another great summer event and a good way to spend an early Friday evening. We start at 6:45 pm. Afterwards they show a movie. There will be food there from different local vendors. Bring a blanket and lawn chair and spend a nice evening out with us!
We are back at Toby Keith’s tonight in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. This place is really fun. Big dance floor. Lots of folks line dancing. In fact they give line dance lessons if you get there early enough. Everyone has the best time there. SMITH will be rocking a couple sets so come on down and party with us!
We are busy posting new photos on our website. We have quite a few that were taken at our video shoot that we will be putting up. Many of the shots give you a behind the scenes perceptive of how the video was done.
SMITH will be performing again at Downtown Disney on the 10th of Februray. This is a super fun gig. There are always lots of people coming by to check out the new country songs the band has learned. On the 10th we will be performing a whole new batch of about 7 songs. The band starts at 6:00pm and ends at 10:00pm. Come on down and join us!