It’s a family affair for Black Stone Cherry at the Kentucky State Fair with Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown and The Josephines.
One of the many great things about summertime are the county and state fairs that occur across the country. Mixed in with the corn dogs, funnel cakes, bumper cars, livestock showings and countless exhibits are the concerts and the diverse calendar of artists performing. When the Texas Roadhouse concert series lineup was announced there was one date in particular that many immediately circled as Kentucky favorites Black Stone Cherry and The Josephines joined by Nashville’s Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
One of the hottest days in recent memory didn’t stop fans from lining up outside the concert venue gates more than 2 hours before their official opening for a chance to be up close and personal for the evening’s show. With the sun finally setting slightly behind the stage, The Josephines bounced on stage, met by a great ovation. Paying homage to their Bowling Green, Kentucky roots, singer/guitarist Brad Tabor looked sharp in his crisp, white Western Kentucky basketball jersey as the Josephines steamrolled through a set of rock/alternative country-infused songs ultimately ending their all too short set with a smoking rendition of “Fireball.”
The Josephines are Brad Tabor with vocals & acoustic guitar, Zach Lindsey on electric guitar & vocals, Josh London on bass & vocals, Alex Lindsey on lap steel & vocals, and David Page on drums.
Providing the main support this evening were Nashville, Tennessee rockers Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown (TBSD). Touring in support of their recently released album, Truth and Lies, Tyler Bryant blasted on to the fair stage, hell-bent to rock Louisville. On the large stage and in front of an energetic crowd, TBSD were clearly in their element as the guys delivered one hard-rocking song after another including “Ride,” “Eye to Eye” and “Out There” from their Truth and Lie’s album along with a rocking rendition of the bluesy “Mojo Workin’” and “Downtown Tonight”. Tyler was uncontrollable on stage, repeatedly racing to the end of the long catwalk to get as close to the fans as possible, pouring out his electric energy. Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown ended their outstanding set with everyone at the end of the catwalk, drummer Caleb Crosby hammering away on his blasting drum with a steamy rendition of “Lipstick Wonder Woman”, accomplishing what they set out to do – Rock Louisville!
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown are Tyler Bryant, Caleb Crosby, Graham Whitford, and Noah Denney.
As the venue lights fell and the stage lights came up the beginning of a special evening was about to begin for Edmonton, Kentucky based Black Stone Cherry (BSC). Greeted to the stage with a huge ovation, Black Stone Cherry wasted no time launching into the opening songs of their set “Burnin’,” “Me and Mary Jane” and “Blind Man” with a fire and passion that had the whole venue jumping. With everyone on their feet and well warmed up, BSC rolled through a number of fan favorites including “Like I Roll,” “My Last Breath,” “Cheaper To Drink Alone” with a snippet of Purple Haze expertly woven in, and “Blame It on The Boom Boom”.
With the side stage packed with family and friends this evening, guitarist Ben Wells took a moment to address the crowd by saying “our second show ever was at the 2002 Kentucky State Fair on the Coca Cola talent stage. We didn’t win that competition and the judges told us we needed to tone down our stage show so to be here 17 years later, headlining this evening at the Kentucky State fair in front of family, friends, and hometown fans is truly something special for us.”
Black Stone Cherry ended their memorable evening in classic fashion with “White Trash Millionaire,” “Lonely Train” and finally “Family Tree” surrounded on stage by family and friends. Black Stone Cherry is Chris Robertson on guitar/vocals, Ben Wells on guitar/vocals, Jon Lawhon on bass/vocals, and John Fred Young on drums.