Why was it a good night to get in out of the rain at the East Kentucky Expo Center? I’ll tell you why, Josh Turner brought Mo Pitney along for a night of traditional country music.
Mo Pitney was up first. He took the stage with just his voice and a guitar. For the next few minutes he entertained the crowd with his original tunes and some great Roger Miller covers. Mo grew up playing bluegrass, and some compare his roots and voice to Kentucky’s own, Keith Whitley. He was the perfect choice to open this night. No frills just a man and his guitar singing some super cool tunes!
If you’re looking for anything other than classic traditional country music then you were in the wrong building that night. Josh Turner brought his floor rattling deep voice and a group of top notch musicians to entertain this big ole Kentucky crowd with his blend of classic country and gospel music. A career starting 2003 spanning up to today, Josh has produced some amazing music that includes “Long Black Train” “Your Man” and “Time Is Love” which was the 2012 biggest country hit according to Billboard. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2007; a choice seemed like a no brainer for the Opry! At the time he was the second youngest person to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. With 7 studio albums and several #1 hits under his belt Josh Turned knew what this crowd wanted to hear and that’s what he gave them! He and his band where spot on from beginning to end.
As always the East Kentucky Expo Center was a great host and venue! It’s great to a have venue almost in my backyard that brings in this level of talent!
Josh Turner and Mo Pitney aren’t from Kentucky but they very well could be, the music they play and the songs they sing resonate loud and clear in these mountains. They like so many others started out as a “local” act, without support of the local fans they would not be where they are today. Remember that when you see a local venue hosting a night of local talent, get out and support them… you just never know where they might end up!