by Shannon Frost Greenstein
One June 23rd, Brett Young was right across the river in Camden at the BB&T Pavilion, opening for Lady Antebellum during the You Look Good World Tour. And he took the on-stage opportunity to share his feelings about Country radio and what the fans mean to him.
He spoke about feeling vulnerable as an artist, especially a new artist, and putting material out there on the airwaves. “As a new artist, putting out new music is a scary thing.,” he commented. “Country Radio can’t play everything, they don’t have to play everything. And that’s the terrifying thing…is knowing that you’re asking for a chance.”
In the midst of the heartfelt admission, Young got a huge laugh from the audience, comparing how he feels about his recent songs to how parents must feel with a new kindergartener on the first day of school.
“I don’t have kids. But I would imagine, because my songs are my babies, it’s kinda similar to a new parent sending their kid to school for the first time. You put them on the school bus and you’re like, I’ve done everything I can for you. I really hope people like you.” Young paused for a moment for the crowd’s reaction, then summarized with, “That’s how I feel with my songs.”
Young then took a moment to comment on the fans of Country radio, and the huge contribution they make to the Country scene.
“Country Radio has been so good to me. I can’t ever say thank you enough,” Young began. “I don’t know if y’all realize how much you do when you listen to Country Radio. When my song comes on and you don’t change the station…well, thank you.”
That got a laugh as well, from fans happy to be recognized and happy to support such a sincere artist. After all, everyone knows that the fans are vital to the life of music and radio. Is there any question that they deserve some appreciation for their dedication, support, and encouragement?
Young, preparing to perform “Case You Didn’t Know”, finished up his speech with a confession and a request.
“The coolest thing on the planet for us is when we come out to play our songs, and we hear you singing. If you guys know this song, will you sing it with us?”
The audience, of course, was happy to oblige.
Check out the amazing performance below!