For the last five years I haven’t waited on some sharp dressed weatherman to tell me when the official start of the summer is. By my clock, summer officially started for me, as always, at the annual Wormy Dog Spring Jam. This year’s lineup was jam packed with a few familiar faces. The gates opened at 3pm behind the Walnut Street Bridge and Red Dirt fans began to pack the place out.
The first act was Josh Abbott Band and through 90 degree weather they got the official 1st party of the summer started playing their first big hit “Buried Me” from the EP that got the Josh Abbott craze started. He plugged a lot of country music greats throughout his set and ended his show with another hit song “Taste” to an already rambunctious crowd. Next it was time for one of Texas’ best kept secret’s: Bleu Edmondson. Bleu recently signed with CAA records in Nashville and has won countless awards for his Live at Billy Bob’s Album. Bleu started off rocking and fired up everyone in the crowd by covering a song made famous by Brandon Jenkins, “Finger On The Trigger”. That song really got the crowd screaming and he closed his set with his most popular song to date “$50 and a Flask of Crown”. By the time Bleu’s set was done it was pretty packed.
Arguably one of the hottest country music acts today is the Eli Young Band with ACM, and CMT award nods for their album Jet Black and Jealous. They threw the crowd into a frenzy with ‘Throw and Go” and Mark Eli even showed my favorite radio station KKNG a lot of love for playing their music first here in Oklahoma. The same goes for a lot of these guys who have been in this scene for a while. Playing their Billboard Country Music hit “Always The Love Songs” and crowd favorites “Small Town Kid” and “When it Rains”, the Eli Young Band drove women wild and set the tone for night.
The closing act, which I was looking forward to seeing the most, was The Randy Rogers Band. They opened with one of my favorites, “Somebody Take Me Home”, which had me stomping my feet. Who am I kidding? When Randy Rogers Brings his style of music anywhere drivable for me, I am there. I have seen countless music festivals and big concert after big concert and it seems like Randy Rogers Band delivers every time, leaving you wanting more and more. ”Kiss Me in the Dark”. “Down and Out”. There wasn’t a hit Randy Rogers didn’t play. Look I have seen some amazing shows but this has got be my favorite to date and would not have been the same without The Randy Rogers Band. If you get a chance to make it to Madill, Oklahoma this weekend, Randy Rogers is playing at The Sand Bass Festival and one more chance in Oklahoma for awhile at Country Fever in Pryor.
Well folks, one more big festival in a few weeks. Until then, I will keep the Wormy Dog reviews going. The amazing Johnny Cooper is there this Friday. I hope to see you all there. I’m sure he will bust out all his new stuff. Until then I’m just riding off into the sun, cause I’m pretty sure my face couldn’t be any more sunburned than it is. Meanwhile, check out some more Spring Jam pics below…