Daryle Singletary Proves To Dusty Armadillo Crowd That “There’s Still A Little Country Left”
First thing first. Do you happen to be amongst those who are consistently upset that there isn’t any “real” country music out there today but have not purchased yourself a copy of Daryle Singletary’s 2015 album, There’s Still A Little Country Left? Shame, shame, shame. This is easily one of the very best traditional style country music albums to be released in the last five years and deserves to be on your CD shelf.
Prior to Daryle Singletary taking stage last night at award winning venue, Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, OH, the country music loving crowd was treated to a supporting set from Texas born singer-songwriter, George Ducas. While Ducas has found success more recently writing hit songs for other artists, he is most well remembered for his mid-90’s hit “Lipstick Promises” which reached #9 on the country music charts and #1 on CMT’s video countdown in 1995.
Ducas is currently working on a new album and shared a number of songs from that project throughout his set. He also performed a number of songs that he had written for other country artists, such as Eli Young Band’s “Always The Love Songs,” Josh Thompson’s “Won’t Be Lonely Long,” and Sara Evans’ “A Real Fine Place To Start.” The strong set also featured a cover of Tom Petty’s “Listen To Her Heart,” his above mentioned hit song and standout performance of Willie Nelson’s “Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground,” dedicated to a friend in attendance.
Whenever a pedal steel and fiddle hits the stage, you know that you are about to experience some exceptional. Daryle Singletary hit the stage and the Dusty Armadillo crowd instantly reacted to what would be an evening of true country music. Singletary performed a number of tracks from the above mentioned 2015 album, There’s Still A Little Country Left, and I was thrilled to see that a good number of folks were singing along. “Sunday Mornin’ Kind Of Town,” the title track and “Too Late To Save The World” are examples of what great modern country music should be. Youtube, Spotify or whatever your preferred method is, by any means, hear these songs as soon as possible.
Singletary sprinkled a number of classic country covers throughout his set. From the legendary George Jones and Buck Owens to Mark Chesnutt’s 1990 hit, “Too Cold At Home,” and Singletary’s all-time favorite song “I Never Go Around Mirrors,” there is no question that this guy is the real deal.
Daryle charted a number of hits during the 90’s and of course his show wouldn’t be complete without performing them. “I Let Her Lie” and “Amen Kind Of Love” which debuted in 1995 and 1996 respectively, both reached #2 on the country music charts. Perhaps Singletary’s most notable hit, 1994’s “Too Much Fun,” closed out the night’s show to a strong reception. I truly believe that this song could be a radio hit today, despite the current direction of the format.
This was my second time seeing Daryle Singletary perform (first being with Mark Chesnutt during the Randy Travis tribute in Nashville earlier this year) and you better believe that I’ll be at any show that he performs in the surrounding area from here on out. Daryle hits it right on the head when he sings “it might be too late to save the world, but can’t we still save country music?”