There are times when I do what I do here at Capture Kentucky and I find it difficult to convey just what I want to say. It’s not writer’s block or anything like that, it’s just that some things just have to be experienced to truly understand them. This past Saturday night with Dillon Carmichael and Tyler Booth was one of those moments.
Having said that, I want to try and tell a different angle to this story. I want to shine a light on just how special this show could wind up being. Only time will tell us for sure, but I believe we all witnessed a show that will be talked about for years to come.
Here’s the deal, Dillon Carmichael could likely sell out Austin City Saloon on his own right now. Tyler Booth already did that for his “Hank Crankin’ People” video shoot. So to have both of these young men share the spotlight was an incredible thing and it was an absolute honor to have Capture Kentucky involved. As these young men continue to grow in popularity, this was a show that will probably never happen again in a venue the size of Austin City Saloon.
I had been working on developing a music showcase with the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg. Tyler Booth was playing the pre-concert stage at Rupp Arena for the Alan Jackson show. I thought it would be a good idea to have a date set for Tyler to promote at the Rupp show. I threw out the idea of doing a show with Dillon and making it my first showcase. I didn’t think we could pull it off, but the owners at Austin City Saloon made it happen and as they say, the rest is history.
Both of these young men have very distinctive voices. Their shows are pretty different from each other, but the end result is exactly the same. People are drawn to these guys and their music. It’s a very special thing to witness and I think both fanbases were equally impressed and walked away with a respect for both artists.
The only drawback to Saturday was the fact that Josh Martin wasn’t able to make it. His wife was in labor, so we all completely understood. Thankfully though, Tyler Halsey (Tyler Booth’s Guitar Player) was able to fill in and keep everyone entertained. He played a nice cover set while many eyed the UK Wildcats on the televisions.
Tyler and Dillon both mixed their sets with covers and originals. Tyler’s set was a bit rowdier, but Dillon was as laid back as could be onstage. He was as cool as a cucumber, as the old saying goes. You’ve heard their music, so you know this show was really good. I don’t need to tell you that.
I, unfortunately, had to leave due to an early appointment on Sunday morning, so I left before Dillon ended his set. I wasn’t able to snap photos of Dillon and Tyler onstage together, a moment that will likely haunt me for years to come. But, I was so glad to hear that those guys got along so well. I hope that friendship blossoms and we can get another night with these two together someday down the road. I know I’ll be there!
Photo courtesy of Jason Booth:
I’m gonna go ahead and say this, if you weren’t there, you should likely just go ahead and kick yourself in the backside. We’ll see ya again soon at another show here in our great Commonwealth!