We’re three months away from Country Jam 2011.
Here in the Chippewa Valley in Wisconsin the big event of the summer is Country Jam just outside of the Eau Claire. Each summer the biggest country stars visit to perform their biggest hits.
For complete information on the event check out the Official Eau Claire Country Jam website.
Rising stars also come to play their new hits for the large base of country fans in the area. Something also cool about Country Jam is the inclusion of country stars that might be in a bit of the twilight of their careers. These artists have plenty of hits to play and the fans love seeing them.
This year the lineup is stacked with stars including the opening night headliner – Blake Shelton.
Country Jam 2011 Preview: Blake Shelton
Early in his career Blake Shelton was self described Mr. Inconsistent. He’d come out with a smash number on hit on the charts and then follow it up with a single that missed the mark on the charts. It’s not that the songs were bad it just seemed like Blake was always looking for his little niche in country music.
Flash forward to today and Blake is coming off three straight number one hits and riding his latest single Honey Bee on a path seemingly for the top of the charts.
Blake just got done co-hosting the ACM Awards and his star continues to rise. He’s newly married again and things seem to be going well for Blake in his personal and professional life.
Blake Shelton at Country Jam
This will be Blake’s fourth time at Country Jam. He’s visited the area for Country Jam during the summers of 2002, 2007, 2009, and now 2011.
Now a veteran on the country concert circuit during the summer months Shelton is commanding quit the crowd at each of his headlining shows. He’s at the point now where he’s able to fill the entire show with mostly hits, which is what the fans really love about the shows.
Blake’s got no less than 16 hits he could play during his 90 minute set. I’m sure he’ll throw in a few other surprises this summer when he hits the stage at 10pm. I’m trying to think back and I don’t believe I’ve seen him perform live. I’m sure it’ll be a show filled with great music and probably more than a few good laughs.
In past interviews Blake’s always said it’s taken people awhile to come around to his brash and interesting sense of humor. If you don’t take it too seriously it’s easy to laugh along with Blake as he pokes fun of himself while speaking his mind about life’s happenings.
Along with a few funny moments fans in Eau Claire can look forward to a great live show. Each time I’ve heard Blake perform live on an award show or on a recorded concert on TV his voice has always sounded good. I would say he’s one of the better live performers in country music. He sings live very close to his studio recordings and I think fans appreciate that. They want to hear the songs they know and love from the radio and when an artist can sing those songs well live it makes things enjoyable.
Blake has the new single out at radio now – Honey Bee. The track is already storming into the top 20 and will surely be a in the top five or at the top of the charts by this July.
Beyond the current hit Blake is set to have a new set of songs out with this latest single. For the past couple years Blake switched his focus from full albums to shorter 6-song EP sets. I don’t know if the next collection with be another six pack or if he’ll go back to the full album. For some reason I think he’ll go back to the full album method. It’s not that the shorter sets haven’t worked out it just seems they don’t generate as much buzz as Blake and his marketing team thought.
Whatever the format I’m hoping Blake shares a few of the upcoming tracks with fans at Country Jam. For the most part the artists always seem to stick to the hits while saving the future hits for official releases. In some cases the artists will test out new songs, but when they know exactly what an upcoming single will be they can hide it behind the curtain and let the anticipation build.
When Wisconsin country fans settle into the grounds of Country Jam this summer they’ll be anxious to see Blake Shelton on opening night. I imagine it’s going to be a great first night as Blake headlines the day with his growing collection of big hits. He’s got no less than 16 well known favorites to play for the hard core country fans in the Chippewa Valley.
This is one show I’m looking forward to. I haven’t seen Blake live yet, but when I’ve heard him sing live on TV or on a live recorded video online he’s always sounded great. I appreciate when an artist can sing near the same quality as the studio recording and Blake is an artist that can accomplish this.
Country Jam 2011 kicks off in about three months.
Are you ready for some Blake Shelton music on Day 1?