The “Life Off My Years” tour made it’s way to Ohio this weekend with three different stops. Fans in Dayton, Toledo and Youngstown had the opportunity to witness three great country music acts in their respective venues. I had the opportunity to catch the Dayton, OH stop on Thursday, April 21st at Wright State University’s Nutter Center. The Nutter Center offered buy one get one free tickets for those wanting to claim a seat at the last minute. For those that didn’t take advantage of the deal, one amazing show was missed!
The night kicked off with a treat for the ladies. Dylan Scott took to the stage in a cut off T-shirt bearing his muscular physique and his knock-out smile. This guy may not sound familiar to you now, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he will be tearing up the airwaves before long. Dylan’s performance was full of energy. He sprinted from one side of the stage to the other, entertaining the crowd and flirting with the ladies. Dylan played his own songs such as “Lay It On Me” and “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy”. He even payed tribute to the late Keith Whitley with an intimate performance of “When You Say Nothing At All”. Dylan concluded his set with the top 40 hit “Crazy Over Me” and his latest single “My Girl”. Dylan performed an enthusiastic, 25 minute set that kept the crowd’s attention.
Following a short intermission, the stage was set for country music’s hottest rising duo. Maddie and Tae stepped in on this tour filling a void that was left when Tyler Farr had to undergo a vocal surgery. The surgery sidelined the artist for a short hiatus. The Nutter Center was filled with deafening screams and applause as the duo made their way onstage looking absolutely stunning. Maddie and Tae played all of their hits including “Fly”, “No Place Like You”, “Downside of Growing Up” and many more. The duo’s sound ranged from traditional to their own interpretation on covers such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella”. Maddie took time to inspire the crowd talking about how she and Tae write all of their own songs. Maddie told the crowd about a girl in school that would always tell her she wasn’t pretty enough or good enough to be a country star. Maddie proceeded to play the song written for “Sierra”. Maddie and Tae closed out their 45 minute set with an upbeat performance of their first number one hit, “Girl In a Country Song”.
Lee Brice is quickly becoming a household name in Country Music. With hits such as “Hard To Love”, “Love Like Crazy”, “A Woman Like You”, I Drive Your Truck” and many others, this was sure to be one hell of a party. The Wright State University was filled with ladies in denim and boots and their fellas wearing their backwards ballcaps. Lee kicked off the night with “Hard To Love” followed by “Friends We Won’t Forget” and “She Ain’t Right”. Brice’s set continued for an energized hour and fifteen minutes.
In addition to all of the hits, Lee introduced the crowd to a brand new song called “Rumor” to be included on his next album. The song is about a girl and a small town. Lee is a skilled songwriter and has written songs for other artists besides himself. He has written for Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and Tim McGraw to name a few.One of those songs included in the setlist was “More Than A Memory”, which Garth included on his “Ultimate Hits” album in 2007.
The current tour is titled “Life Off My Years” which is a song from Lee’s sophomore album Hard 2 Love and was penned by country superstar Eric Church. “Life Off My Years” is about living life to it’s fullest and never wasting a second because life is just too short. Speaking of life being too short, Lee paid homage to those men and women in the United States armed services and those first responders who put their lives on the line daily. Lee asked the crowd if he could slow things down and turn this party into a celebration just for one song. He asked that the house lights be turned off for three and a half minutes and for the crowd to turn their cell phone lights on. As the crowd honored Lee’s request, the familiar keyboard intro of “I Drive Your Truck” began to play. For the duration of the song there were many tear filled eyes in the crowd and I know for sure the hairs on my arms stood high as an emotional Lee Brice belted out every meaningful lyric.
Lee continued to pour the heartfelt emotion as he finished his set with his hit song, “Love Like Crazy”. The Nutter Center crowd was on their feet beckoning for an encore performance. Lee and the band obliged and kicked it into high gear as they jammed out to Queen’s “Fat Bottom Girls” and concluded with Lee’s party anthem, “Parking Lot Party”. He invited Maddie and Tae back to the stage. It was the perfect way to end the night as Lee and the girls would give the crowd a moment that they would not soon forget! Be sure to check out our complete photo gallery slideshow from the concert and artist links below!
Complete Photo Gallery Slideshow Courtesy of JEvansPhotos