If I were to tell you that the economy is strong, gas prices are decent, and that the unemployment rate is at an all-time low, you’d think I was a full of it. But if I were to tell you that for an hour an a half, a rising country music superstar made those in attendance Saturday night at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair forget their problems that would be pure B.S. — pure Blake Shelton that is.
If I were to tell you that the economy is strong, gas prices are decent and that the unemployment rate is at an all-time low, you’d think I was a full of it.
But if I were to tell you that for an hour an a half, a rising country music superstar made those in attendance Saturday night at the St. Joseph County Grange Fair forget their problems, that would be pure B.S. — pure Blake Shelton that is.
Shelton electrified an eager crowd of fans when he appeared on a raised platform on the grandstand stage. His tall frame towered above a full band, strobing lights, and a backdrop that read “Pure B.S.”
“I’m gonna walk down these steps right here and when I reach the bottom, you better be ready to raise some hell,” Shelton said to a near-capacity grandstand.
He opened the show with “This Can’t Be Good” from the Deluxe Edition of his hit CD, “Pure B.S,” but he couldn’t have been more wrong. Concert-goers definitely let him know that it was indeed very good.
Shelton had a nice, relaxed stage presence, which always works well for a fair show such as this one. He seemed humbled by the audience’s acceptance and love for him, and he made several trips along the stage front shaking hands and signing autographs.
He performed the songs “Nobody But Me” and “The More I Drink” next before going into the rowdy and playful “Playboys Of The Southwestern World.” Judging from the crowd reaction, there are some in the Midwest, too.
“This is for Conway,” Shelton said before paying homage to the country music legend Conway Twitty. Shelton sang the Twitty songs “Tight Fittin’ Jeans” and “Goodbye Time,” which also appeared on Shelton’s album “Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill.”
Shelton singled himself out onstage for an intimate set of songs that included the Hank Williams Jr. classic “A Country Boy Can Survive,” but it was his own No. 1 hit, “The Baby,” that truly captivated the audience. Just he and his guitar was all it took to captivate the fans in a moment surely to be remembered for years to come. The heartfelt lyrics even got to this reviewer, too.
Home was the last place anyone wanted to be during the Shelton show, but it was the singer’s latest No. 1 hit, “Home,” that transcended the multi-generational crowd. Shelton’s interpretation of the Michael Buble hit would have made even Buble proud and that’s coming from a person who has now witnessed both entertainers performing the song. That’s what you call the magic of a great song.
“I try not to talk so much on stage anymore,” he said smirking.
“By the end of the night you never know what you may have said or not. My initials are B.S., you know.”
Shelton then added, “I guess it’s better than being Buck Owens, though.” That comment alone had everyone in stitches.
Each of Shelton’s four hit albums were well-represented under the clear Centreville sky including his debut No. 1 single “Austin,” “Don’t Make Me,” “Some Beach” and “Cotton Pickin’ Time.”
Fairgoers were also given a taste of what’s to come from Shelton as he performed his newest single “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” from a new album due in stores soon.
He closed the show with an encore performance of “Ol’ Red,” which got most people out of their seats again to bask in the glow of one of country music’s brightest young talents.