Making big improvements to the grounds for 2019, the fifth annual Kuntry Jam is a success with the fans as they welcome national performing artist Tracy Lawrence on Friday night.
Tucked away in the scenic hills of eastern Ohio, the fun, family oriented friendly campground LA-Z Acres Campground in Nashport, OH plays host to many activities scheduled throughout the year. Ranging from music performances to other family games and fun, the LA-Z Campground has become a popular destination for campers of all ages and is a seasonal getaway for some.
In 2019 the campground scores big with the fifth annual Kuntry Jam, changing the scene with a new permanent stage and VIP viewing area. The three day music festival hosts area musical acts including Tracy Lawrence on Friday evening.
Hailing only 10 minutes away in Hanover, Ohio, the returning local star Bryan Lewis takes the stage first on Friday evening with a solo acoustic set. Opening for Tracy Lawrence once before in 2005, it only seems honorary to open for him here again at home.
Bryan educated himself on country music by listening to the likes of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and George Jones through the speakers of an old transistor radio. Now with a big fan support, Bryan performs original songs “Pretty Big Deal” and “Old Truck In A Slow Lane” that are written with lyrics that any ordinary person can relate to.
To show his appreciation and respect, Bryan thanks the military by dedicating “Thank You” to them before covering Jamey Johnson’s “In Color.” Bryan concludes his time with a humorous hit, “I Think My Dog Is A Democrat.”
Next up from Lima, Ohio is the band, Nashville Crush. Also returning to Kuntry Jam, the five piece band is made up of: Brad Wright (lead singer, banjo and acoustic guitar), Mike Wright (fiddle, rhythm guitar and backing vocals), Nathan Felkey (drums), Dean Maag (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Jonah Clayton (lead and rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals).
With their up-beat country rock sound and thrilling stage presence, Nashville Crush interacts with the excited crowd as some rush back towards the stage while others turn the concrete slab into a giant dance floor.
Along with their original song “When She’s Drunk,” the band keeps the energy flowing with a few new and old covers “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye” (Charlie Daniels Band), “Callin’ Baton Rouge” (Garth Brooks), “She’s Country” (Jason Aldean) and “Head Over Boots” (Jon Pardi). At the end of their set, Nashville Crush wraps up with Morgan Wallen’s #1 hit cover, “Up Down.”
With darkness fallen over the campground festival, the hillside has become full of bag and lounge chairs while the dirt lanes have filled with golf carts as the crowd eagerly awaits it’s first national headlining artist Tracy Lawrence to take the Kuntry Jam stage.
One week prior to the release of his 16th studio album Made In America, Tracy Lawrence jumps right into his Kuntry Jam show with the title track.
From an illustrious career that starts back in 1991 with “Sticks And Stones,” Tracy covers his tenure as one of the top male vocalists of the 90’s by performing some of his greatest hit songs “If The Good Die Young,” “If The World Had A Front Porch,” “Texas Tornado” and “Alibis.”
Along with all of his hits that have become synonymous with great country music and defined the singer as such, Tracy adds new tunes “Forgive Yourself,” “Nothing Burns Like You,” “When The Cowboys Gone” and “Just The South Coming Out” from the up-coming album. With a full library of hits to choose from to fill a show’s setlist, Tracy adds only one cover to his show to pay respect to his music idol…George Strait and “Troubadour.”
Claiming to have the best band in the business, Tracy steps off stage and allows them to show off their musical prowess with fiddle player Joe Caverlee taking over the vocals on the Charlie Daniels cover “The South’s Gonna Do It Again.”
Returning to the stage, Tracy ends his set with his biggest hits and crowd’s favorites “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” “Time Marches On” and “Paint Me A Birmingham.”
Being called back for an encore by an audience not wanting him to conclude, Tracy closes the evening with two new songs “Work On My Willie” and “Stay Back A Hundred Feet” from his new Made In America album.
If the crowds response to Tracy’s new music is any indication of it’s future, Tracy is sure to have another great album out soon.
A fun evening is had by all as the LA-Z Acres Campground makes sure to keep the event a friendly family event. Those with smaller children, the families are able to share the experience together in a more peaceful relaxed atmosphere unlike other shows of this magnitude.
Although Kuntry Jam is spread out over three days, Thursday evening through Saturday evening, National Rock Review/Country is only able to attend the Friday evening portion of the show due to previous scheduling commitments. Saturday night’s show will see Jerrod Niemann headline the main stage.
If you are interested in attending in 2020 for the first time or returning for another adventure to Kuntry Jam at LA-Z Acres Campground in Nashport, OH, be sure to click on the links below for more information on how to attend and to stay current on news. Also be sure to check out the links for other schedules and activities by the campground or even some by the artists performing at this year’s Kuntry Jam.
Tracy Lawrence setlist:
1. Made In America. 2. Forgive Yourself. 3. If The Good Die Young. 4. Better Man Better Off. 5. If The World Had A Front Porch. 6. Stars Over Texas. 7. How A Cowgirl Says Goodbye. 8. Texas Tornado. 9 Burns Like You. 10. Trabadour (George Strait cover). 11. Sticks and Stones. 12. Alibis. 13. When The Cowboys Gone. 14. I Can’t Break It To My Heart. 15. Just The South Coming Out. 16. Band Song – The South’s Gonna Do It Again (Charlie Daniels Band). 17. Find Out Who Your Friends Are. 18. Time Marches On. 19. Paint Me A Birmingham. Encore: 20. Work On My Willie. 21. Stay Back A Hundred Feet.