John Michael Montgomery Performs In Front Of A Rowdy Rootstown, OH Crowd To Kick Off His 25th Anniversary Tour
In the fall of 1992, John Michael Montgomery emerged on the country music scene with his first single, “Life’s A Dance” and his debut album of the same name. The song became a massive hit, climbing to #4 on the country music charts. This explosive start paved the way for a career comprised of 20 Top 10 hits, including 8 #1 singles in the United States and 6 #1’s in Canada.
25 years later, John Michael Montgomery is embarking on a tour in celebration of his quarter century in country music. One of his earliest stops landed him in Rootstown, OH at the award winning Dusty Armadillo! The show sold out almost immediately, which was expected, as one would have to be foolish to miss out on such a monumental occasion.
I have been hoping to see Montgomery come through town for quite some time, being that I began listening to his music back when I was in the fifth grade. The moment that the show was announced, I knew that I had to be there.
John Michael Montgomery kicked the show off in front of a rambunctious Dusty Armadillo crowd with three of his biggest hits of the 90’s: “Cowboy Love,” “Beer And Bones” and the above mentioned, “Life’s A Dance.” Though the crowd seemed to be a bit younger than myself in the majority, it was an absolute delight for myself as a fan to see that the venue wasn’t just jam packed with a crowd who just happened to be looking for something to do on a Saturday night in Rootstown. Quite the contrary, as I turned away from my camera at the stage to see the jam packed dance floor all singing along with Montgomery as he took us all back to the 90’s.
A major portion of Montgomery’s set consisted of the thing he’s done best over his 25 years in country music: Love Songs. “I Swear,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Cover You In Kisses,” “Home To You” amongst others were accompanied by slow dancing couples throughout the bar.
Montgomery lit the crowd back up with 1994’s “Be My Baby Tonight” and then blew the roof off of the building with his crowd favorite 1995 #1 hit, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident).” On top of this being one of the greatest country music singles of the 90’s, it was an absolute blast singing along with the fast paced, cattle-auction like lyrics… though some folks certainly struggled to keep up. Ha!
John Michael Montgomery was hands down amongst my favorite artists throughout my childhood and he continues to hold that position today. I wish him the best in his celebrating a monumental 25 years in country music and hope that I am lucky enough to have him pass through a nearby town once again in the coming year!