You may have heard that Chris Young has lost his hat. But don’t worry, he's still as country as biscuits and gravy. He also might be too sexy for his audience. (More about this later.)
This was the first time I'd seen Chris Young as a headliner (not counting his fan club party last year) and I'll have to say I think his opening act days will soon be behind him. He had no problem commanding the stage, coming out with guitars blazing with "Lay it on Me" and keeping up the energy through tracks from his soon-to-be 3-CD* catalog. He had no problem filling the 70-minute show with only a few covers, all of which were well-suited to his voice and style, which is heavy on charm and sex appeal.
Those looking for his hits got them all-- "Voices," "The Man I Want To Be," and the encore he'll be playing for the next 40 years, "Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)." He didn't forget his first CD, either, playing "21 Candles," "Who's Gonna Take Me Home" and " Small Town Big Time."
The audience got a sneak preview of Chris's new CD "Neon," due July 12, including the so-sexy current top-10 single, "Tomorrow" and his summer radio-friendly next single, "Save Water, Drink Beer."
He never got too far away from the sexy, of course -- how could he, with those ridiculous good looks and deep, dreamy voice, and the third song from "Neon" is another seduction song, "I Can Take it From There," which got the ladies young and old screaming and swooning again.
Chris did his best to connect with the men in the predominantly female audience, playing a song "to set up the tee for you guys" to encourage a little slow dancing, the always beautiful country classic "When You Say Nothing at All."
But I don't know if it helped. The men seemed a bit annoyed by the goings-on, none too pleased with the wanton behavior of their women.
So is Chris Young too sexy for his audience?
Naaa. He can fill up a theater with multi generations of adoring female fans and their tolerant male companions, who, if they're smart, can reap the benefits of "Gettin' You Home" after the show.
Chris at times seemed a bit embarrassed by the screams of his adoring fans, but he handled the ardour with humor and graciousness, chatting with the audience about the days when he was grateful if the number of people in the audience outnumbered those on the stage.
"Thank you for being here. Thank you for changing my life," Chris told the audience before leaving the stage.
You’re welcome, Chris. But next time you get to headline a show, please play a wee bit longer.