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Currington and co. keep the house rockinTell North Platte what you think
Photo by Darla Golden
Currington's show (click on image to enlarge)
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Billy Currington
Photo by Darla Golden
Tyler Farr
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Jonathon Lawson of the Railers
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Cassandra Lawson

The Nebraskaland Days show Saturday night started with great weather as far as the eye could see, and the show was energetic and high spirted.

The first band, the Railers, have been together for five years and show no signs of slowing down. 

Brothers Jordan and Jonathan Lawson led the group, with Jonathan on lead vocals as well as guitar and mandolin. Jordan played both mandolin and fiddle. Cassandra Lawson, Jonathan’s wife, sang and played the squeeze box. Tyler Oban handled the drums.

The Railers played a variety of songs for an hour, blending musical genres in an uptempo set that included some original tunes too.

For several years, they each paid bills by working various industry jobs, including backing up top country artists such as Sara Evans, Josh Turner and Lorrie Morgan.

They came together in 2008.

Their set included the songs, Ray Bans, Kiss Me Like That, Wide Open, Death Came Knockin, The Irish Song and These Hands.

After the Railers, Tyler Farr kept things fired up and heightened the genuine party atmosphere. His love for music, and sharing it, made the Nebraskaland Days event a goodtime, dancing party.

Farr spent the majority of his show out on the walkout in front of the stage. He went so far at one point to get down off stage and make a quick trip through the crowd down front. He climbed part way up the fence surrounding the reserved section, stood on a rail and sang, freely touching hands as he came and went through the appreciative crowd.  

Farr honored hthe military by asking who in the crowd had or were serving, then asked everyone to shake their hand a thank them for their service.

Farr’s songs included Ain't Even Drinkin', Redneck Crazy, Whiskey in My Water, Hot Mess and Makes You Wanna Drink.

Steve Phillips and his friend Amanda Kowal of Fort Worth, Texas were among the fans.  

Steve’s job as a software promoter takes him all over the U.S., but for each of the last eight years, he has returned to North Platte for the Nebraskaland Days concerts.

"They keep getting better every year," he said.

Amanda, on her first trip to Nebraskaland Days, enjoyed the smaller town atmosphere and people.

“It’s so fun and everyone is so friendly,” she said. “They are genuinely interested in whether you're having a good time, if you enjoyed your first parade and so on. It’s great.”

The featured performer Billy Currington offered a great show, backed by a fine array of lights, a good band and his top music.

Currington’s show maintained the high energy and rocked the house.

Currington played songs from his five albums, including seven No. 1 hits -- Must be Doin Something Right, Good Directions, People are Crazy, That’s How Country Boys Roll, Pretty Good at Drinking Beer, Let Me Down Easy and Hey Girl.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/29/2014
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