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She's a little bit...country?Posted Friday, June 24, 2011, at 9:07 AM
Iowa radio usually consists of the following stations: classical, Christian, several oldies/classic rock, pop and of course, more than enough country stations.
Unfortunately, my parents did not exercise good taste when choosing my daily carpool ride to school.
All five of my driver's favorite radio station buttons were programmed to the country stations. The worst part wasn't the music---it was the screeching, off-tune singing that accompanied the music.
Multiply that by 40 minutes a day, five days a week for three years.
Somehow I managed to block most of it out, be it with my blue Hello Kitty personal CD player or a new book from the library.
Country music was ruined for me, until I heard Alison Krauss' newest album, "Paper Airplane." It wasn't so bad, not so terribly twangy. I could deal with it, and, perhaps, quite possibly enjoy it.
So when I headed to the LakeFest 2011 Concerts on the Great Lawn with Korcel Norteno, Shawn Mayer and Brasher/Bogue, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
Korcel Norteno doesn't quite fit into the country category, but they were quite entertaining (for the opening act) and also slightly flamboyant. If you were there, you understand---gold stars for the snazzy matching shirts and white pants.
Shawn Mayer was definitely not what I expected. Several times I mused, "How can she not have a recording contract with a voice like that?"
Not to be cliche, but her stage presence rocked.
Dustin Bogue and Andy Brasher came out to mingle with fans near the end of Shawn's show. I saw Dustin hug numerous family members and friends, and Andy took the time to sign a few autographs.
After having the chance to meet with them, they lived up to their description: humble, sweet country boys, who are "just like everyone else."
The concert was highly enjoyable, and I think I'll be heading to Brasher/Bogue's free show at the Historic Stone Pier in Lake View July 8.
Don't label me a country convert, but I might be slipping a few songs in here and there, between Florence + The Machine, Feist, Imogen Heap and Adele.
* Ashley Miller is a member of the Pilot-Tribune news staff. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.