Stars and Guitars Broward Performing Arts Center – Fort Lauderdale, FL 2016
Lisa Sussman – Eye On South Florida 11.7.16 – The 7th annual KISS 99.9 Stars and Guitars concert came back to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts last night and the show was SOLD OUT! The acoustic set on stage was packed with talent. From left to right some of country musics finest young talent worked the stage one song at a time. Encouraging each other and the audience to feel the moment as the Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Hospital was the charity that proceeds went to. Stars like Chris Janson, Randy Houser, Cole Swindell, Josh Turner, and Michael Ray were on hand to make sure 99.9 Kiss Country’s event Stars & Guitars was a huge success for all. Reminding the sold out crowd that, “without their support a night like this could never happen for 5 regular guys like us”. – Michael Ray. Regular guys, I think not. All men have had or currently hold the ranking of #1 song on the Country Billboard Charts. Stars and Guitars features a round-robin format, rather than a get-on-get-off setup. It’s mostly acoustic performances backed up by electric acoustic and strong back up voices made this night easy on the eardrums with all of the musicians on stage at the same time.
The show features some of country music’s most popular artists, including headliner Cole Swindell. Swindell just recently debuted a heartbreaking music video for his new single “Middle of a Memory.” His other hits include “Chillin’ It”, and “Let Me See Ya Girl.” The crowd was on their feet with the heart felt ” You Should Be Here”. A song written and dedicated to his late father. Cole and his father both wanted to be on this journey enjoying all that country music has to offer. Cole’s father passed and the out of that grief his #1 Country Billboard Hit “You Should Be Here” was born. It’s a song that anyone can relate to as we all must suffer with some type of loss in life, this track certainly puts the words to the ache of missing someone you love.
The other top notch country stars in the line-up include Randy Houser, Josh Turner, Chris Janson and Michael Ray. Randy Houser was busy this summer opening Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” tour and will perform at CBS Radio’s “Stars and Strings” concert in Chicago on November 9th. Josh Turner, a sultry baritone and a 15-year veteran of country music, has seen of success with hit songs, “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Long Black Train,” “Your Man,” “Firecracker” and “All Over Me.”
Michael Ray, will be taking a night off from his first-ever headlining tour to take part in KISS 99.9’s Stars and Guitars. He’ll be in the middle of his “Think A Little Less Tour,” which borrows its title from his current hit single. His other big hit is “Kiss You in the Morning.” Chris Janson, who has written and co-written songs for Tim McGraw, LoCash, Lee Brice and others, hit it big with his own single, “Buy Me a Boat,” last year and he’ll be joining the Stars and Guitars lineup after wrapping up his appearances in Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour in October. Janson’s unique ability to connect with the crowd left the room electric as he is a one man band. Effortlessly switching between instruments while delivering a strong vocal performance.
All the country talent last night brought their own skill set. The blend of styles and sounds made for a fun night of music. Veteran musician on the stage Josh Turner was someone that headliner Cole Swindell draws inspiration from. Each man writing and creating music that let’s any listener know that Country music is fresh, strong, and filled with talent.