Think A Little Less- The Tour

 

January 22, 2017

Everything in Between

So, as promised, the follow-up review of the amazing Michael Ray Think A Little Less  concert I attended last night at Prospector’s Grille and Saloon in Mt. Laurel, NJ. I like to refer to this venue as my own little slice of Nashville, since going to concerts like this make me feel like I’m in the capitol of country music, even if I live in New Jersey. The show last night was a great start to the 2017 concert year for me surrounded by my fellow country music lovers.

Michael Ray is originally from Eustis, Florida and released his debut album, which he made sure to play a piece of every single song from during the concert last night. Talk about an amazing performance, and that voice! I don’t even think I can truly capture just how phenomenal his voice sounded live. This type of venue does not allow an artist to hide behind a crazy sound system, and often gives us concertgoers a feel for the more raw and original sound of their voice. Michael Ray has a silky smooth bass and range that just made the crowd go crazy. His band is equally amazing and he rocked out with them throughout the show. They had an incredible amount of energy on the stage and brought that party vibe on out to the crowd as well. He has an amazing team that backs him up on stage including his drummer Andrew Beselica (who I think looks like he’s related to Michael), lead guitarist Lucas Chamberlain, and Kurt Ozan on guitar! These guys all played seamlessly together throughout their set list.

So Michael Ray was AWESOME and managed to play every song from his debut album for all of us in the audience. That’s not always something an artist is able to pull off, and while he didn’t play full-length versions of every song, he did a pretty good job of getting us all to hear how great this album really is…and if you don’t have it you should go buy it right now. Throughout the concert, Michael also gave his thanks and recognition to all those country greats who made a way for country as a genre, and also remarked about how they all had a role in helping him develop his career and path as an artist. We got to hear covers of Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker (although for one song it was technically Hootie and the Blowfish), Randy Travis,  and some love for Brantley Gilbert. It was a great mix-up to his music and gave us a chance to see a little more of how Michael Ray has become the artist he is today. I also have to give Michael Ray some big props for giving a shout out to the men and women who serve this country, and for encouraging everyone to remember it’s more than just one day a year that we should appreciate those who protect our country. He really made this concert seem very personal to everyone out in the audience and connected with the fans.

Quick fan-girl moment: Michael Ray co-wrote the song “Run Away With You” with Big and Rich, which I actually saw B & R perform this summer. Michael, you totally killed that song last night and it’s one that can make a girl go weak at the knees. Also, “Real Men Love Jesus” is one of my other top songs that you sing. So beautiful, and the way he sings this song is breath-taking. Sigh…

Michael Ray also brought along Levi Hummon for this tour as his opening act. Levi Hummon is a new recording artist out of Nashville with Big Machine Label Group and some of his label mates include country artists such as Brett Young, FGL, and Justin Moore, so he’s definitely in good company. I’m calling it now, this guy is one to watch. Rolling Stone has already called him one of the Country Artists You Need to Know and they are right on the money with this one. He has an EP album out right now which includings two of my favorites “Love You Hate You Miss You” and “Chain Reaction”. I got to hear both of these live last night, along with several other new songs of his to be debuted. He managed to get in a ton of great music in a 35 minute set supported by his awesome bandmates John Hollier, Charlie Berry, and Peter Wilson. Staying true to country artists, his voice sounded even better live and his country boy charm will definitely make an impression with the ladies. This guy has all the southern charm, the voice, and the guitar. It’s easy to see why he’s one to watch in the country music world.   I did get a chance to meet Levi last night and take some fun photos. He’s one of the most down-to-earth artists I have met, and while this may sound cliché, there’s been a few artists I’ve met who don’t put off the fun, genuine vibe. So shout out to Levi for being so great with the fans!

Levi’s Set List

Old Me

Chain ReactioNumbers

Don’t Waste The Night

Make Up My Mind

Stupid

Make It Love

Counting Drops

LYHYMY

One of the things I appreciated the most out of this concert was the complete fan-love these two artists both had at the concert. Levi Hummon did a meet and greet at his merch table, which a lot of artists do, but I’ve also seen a lot of artists unable to do this for various reasons. It’s a great way to connect with the fans and make a lasting impression on those who support your music. Both guys were amazing and even stayed after the concert for over an hour to sign autographs and take pictures (so I actually got two pics with Levi!). I’ve been to several concerts at this venue and I have yet to have an artist decide to stay until everyone was finished doing a photo/autograph session. These guys are so genuine and remind me what country music is all about. Thanks for giving a kick-ass show last night and for coming up this way to your Jersey country fans! It was definitely an unforgettable night!

 

Love and All Things Country

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P.S. Michael Ray is also making his rounds around the area this week and will be performing on the Today Show this Tuesday! Be sure to check it out and if you’re there, don’t forget to tag and post pics for all the Michael Ray fans out there!

 

As always, if you love these artists, please support their music and purchase their albums on iTunes or wherever else their album is sold.

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Think A Little Less

 

“Wait, why are there so many people here? Who’s performing?” is the question I hear all the time when I’m waiting in line to see one of my favorite performers at Prospector’s Grille and Saloon in Mt. Laurel, NJ. See here’s the thing…country music isn’t huge (even though it should be) in this neck of the woods. My only options typically to see a country artist is to go to NYC or Philadelphia. However, Prospector’s offers a little taste of country right here in South Jersey. It’s my favorite place to hear some of the country artists who take a moment to stop at this intimate and amazing venue to play their music for us ‘Northern’ country music lovers.

So, this Saturday, I am again bracing myself for hearing ‘Who is Michael Ray?” and taking a moment to educate these people on the country artist they are missing out on and should be going to see their show. I am at a slight disadvantage because I listen to Sirius XM ‘On the Highway’ every day so I’m always up on the country artists from Nashville and usually just think everyone is up on their country music artists. Shout-out to Storme, Producer Britt and Ashley! Also Buzz and Al Skop I love you guys too!

But, I digress. In case you haven’t heard of him already, Michael Ray will be performing this Saturday along with Levi Hummon. Levi Hummon is another talented up and coming artist that I’m so excited to hear live!

ICYMI: Michael Ray has a new album out and you should seriously take a listen. A few of these songs I’ve actually been listening to since they came out in 2015…but the Philadelphia area is finally catching on and playing his music on the local radio.

My take: Definitely a great album filled with a more country vibe with his hits like ‘Kiss You In The Morning’ and his latest single ‘Think A Little Less’.   There’s something about his crooner voice that just makes his music stick out. I find myself humming the ‘Think A Little Less’ chorus line quite often along with ‘Run Away With You’. These songs do a great job of capturing being lost in the moment with someone you love and just seeing where life takes you. No questions, worrying about the past or future, and just being in the moment with them.

I can’t wait to hear him sing some of his older songs and his hits live…I’ll be sure to follow up post concert with his set list and all the best aspects of his concert! I have a hard time picking just 3 songs from this album because there’s several that I am just swooning over.  Real Men Love Jesus pretty much just sums up everything I love about a man, especially a country loving, God-fearing, old fashioned sweetheart.

My Top 3 Songs

  1. Real Men Love Jesus
  2. Think A Little Less
  3. Run Away With You

And now for his opening act….LEVI HUMMON!   I actually hadn’t heard of this guy until they played him on Sirius XM, but I immediately was a fan.  With this in mind,  I was super psyched to hear he would be out on tour with Michael Ray. His one song is pretty much the anthem of so many people who have that love-hate relationship when they leave someone they love. ‘Love You Hate You Miss You’ covers the rollercoaster of emotions when you can’t decide what to do about someone when you can’t stop thinking about even though you probably shouldn’t…we’ve all been there.  ‘Chain Reaction’ follows along that line of what happens when you decide to dial that number just one more time. A lot of us can relate to that when you’re looking at your phone debating if you should send that text or dial their number. ‘Window Down Days’ is that fun and upbeat song that makes you think of those beautiful weather days when you just roll the window down and enjoy life.

I can’t wait to see what these guys do at the concert next week and which songs will be a part of their set list…I’ll give you the full scoop post-concert!

As always, if you like their music, make sure you check them out and support these amazing country artists! Michael Ray and Levi Hummon albums can both be downloaded on iTunes.

Love and All Things Country

P.S. Michael and Levi I would totally love to meet you guys the day of the concert!  Just saying… 🙂

http://www.michaelraymusic.com/

http://levihummon.com/