With the opening slot, Georgia’s Corey Crowder took the opportunity to welcome everyone with his acoustic roots-rock melodies. Though a new voice to most, Crowder’s laid back persona and songs had the front rows nodding and applauding quickly enough, culminating in a cover of “Lean on Me” with ample crowd participation. With only his acoustic guitar and an additional musician mostly on the mandolin, there was a simple earnestness to Crowder’s sound that was accentuated by his constant smile. Based on the few new songs he shared, let’s hope his currently unsigned status post-Tooth and Nail is quickly remedied by garnering some attention on this tour.
Photo notes: Good news? Bright enough lighting for primes. Bad news? The colored lights combined to create a strange pink-ish coating over the performers. While that’s way better than the red light option you’ll sometimes encounter there, I felt compelled to present some photos in B&W as to minimize the distraction of the coloring. I would have loved to get a little more variety in perspectives, but the tight crowd kept me locked up in one spot.
Subsequent to winning American Idol Season 9, Lee DeWyze has done his fair share of touring and performances for the show, punctuated by the release of Live It Up. This current tour is his first non-Idol one and he took the stage with only a percussionist and keyboardist, making his voice and acoustic guitar the focus of the night. Judging by the number of handmade signs and cellphones raised, it was a good evening for Lee DeWyze fans as he threw in a mix of original material and covers (most notably Iron & Wine’s “Naked As We Came”).
Photo notes: Unable to move from my spot for Corey Crowder, it turned out to still be a good angle for shooting DeWyze. After the first few songs, I abandoned the front to try shooting from the balcony. The brighter (and less colorful) lights were helpful in accommodating f2.8.
-For the night, I renamed the outside smoking patio at the venue the Cougar’s Den.
-Crowder’s guitar features an autograph from Willie Nelson.
-The MVP award goes to the fan I met who had been waiting at the venue since the morning to get in.
-Big thanks to Laney & Steve for helping to make this happen.
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