LJT 26 Highlights
Instead of a long recap as I’ve done in the past, I opted to do a list this year.
FAVORITE SET: ¬†Sean McConnell. ¬†I wasn’t sure how he would translate to the rowdy landscape of the LJT mainstage or if the crowd would know many of his tunes. ¬†He alleviated both concerns by the second song. ¬†By the time he busted out “Reckless Love”, the entire sea of humanity was singing louder than the PA. ¬†The cover of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” was just a bonus. ¬†Other standout sets of note that I saw: ¬†Whiskey Myers, Dolly Shine, Roger Creager, Randy Rogers Band, William Clark Green, 1100 Springs, Tejas Brothers, Reckless Kelly, Jason Boland and the Stragglers.
FAVORITE NEW ACT: ¬†Dolly Shine. ¬†I’ve known about these guys for a while and we’ve had a song of theirs on The Drop. ¬†But, they graduated in front of everyone’s eyes at LJT this year. ¬†Played a blisteringly electric set on the Allsup’s stage and prowled the campfires jamming with all comers. ¬†They’re filling the void left by the absence of 6MB.
FAVORITE MOMENT: ¬†Roger Creager’s set. ¬†There’s something special about the Creager set at LJT. ¬†It’s a little different than when you catch him at your local Wild West. ¬†It’s controlled chaos as Creager leads a party of 50K through song. ¬†The crowd followed him through every twist and turn. ¬†Slow or fast. ¬†Original or cover. ¬†Piano or guitar. During the can tossing crescendo of “Love”, more than one person remarked how it resembled the dancing water fountains of the Bellagio in Vegas.
FAVORITE DISCOVERY: Hearing Cami Maki at the campfires. ¬†I first came across this talented young lady on radio row belting out tunes in front of Brady Black and others. ¬†The next night I caught her at the TXRDR/GW jam. ¬†She has “it” and deserves to find the audience to match.
What was your favorite part of LJT 2014?