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?

Brad Beheler

Raised in Waco, refined in the Hill Country, escaped from DFW. I've worked in just about every facet of the music business for 20 years. I like to write about it all. e-mail Brad Editor-in-Chief

15 thoughts on “LJT 26 Highlights

  • April 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    My favorite part of LJT this year was definitely Sean McConnell’s set. I was determined to attempt to be at the front because he is one of my favorite artists and I wanted to sing all of his songs. I was a little worried about the front row craziness even though it was early in the night. I was able to make it up there with minimal crowd resistance and a nice CD fan even let me up on her cooler because she had never heard of Sean. His set was just as amazing as I thought it would be and it was worth the amount of mud I waded through to get there!
    Favorite new group was Prophets and Outlaws. I only knew one of their songs but by the end they had the crowd on their feet. It was a great show!!

  • April 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    If so, Dollyshine has some pretty big shoes to fill. Wish them nothing but the best!

  • May 1, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Best new performer would be Sean, and I have to agree with you regarding Dolly Shine. They’ve really improved in the last year or so. And, since Zack lives where I grew up, he gets special mention.

    Next time I might have to hang with you at campfires. The radio row campfire was always populated with the loud crowd, and other campfires were few and far between, IMO. I don’t blame the hosts for hiding their campfires, if that was the case, but I certainly wasn’t finding them. To be fair, I was working so not a lot of energy left at midnight for searching. I did talk to Cami but didn’t hear her play.

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