Reba McEntire, the 64-year-old Queen of Country didn’t disappoint Saturday night, telling the crowd, “I’ve been lucky enough to play for 43 years.” It’s actually the fans who’ve been lucky to see her live. Despite all her success, she always seems to be well-grounded while sticking to her roots.
Reba brought along so many hits that she threw several of them into a medley early in the concert. Oh, and Reba also shared a few stories with the 11,000 fans who attended the Treasure Island Amphitheater Concert.
Beautiful and charming as ever, Reba started out the show with “Turn On The Radio,” followed by a 6 song medley that included “Little Rock,” “Can’t Even Get The Blues,” her cover of “RESPECT,” and “Whoever’s In England”.
Reba playfully asked both the band and the audience, “Have you ever been dumped?” A good portion of the crowd, and everyone in the band, raised their hand. Not Reba. No she lifted not one hand, but both… plus a leg, and she tried to lift her other leg. Hilarious. She continued, saying, “They probably thought we were just going to stay home! No, we ain’t going out like that!” Which of course was a lead in to the song “Going Out Like That.”
The highlight of the night still belonged to the song, “The Greatest Man I Never Knew.” She proceeded to talk about her father, who was a champion steer roper, with pictures falling onto the screen during the song.
Reba ended the show the way you would expect, with her biggest hit, the rockin’ song “Fancy,” which left everyone in the audience wishing for one more song.
Reba wasn’t the only act today, though! Usually, you have one or two acts before the headliner. Today featured 3 opening artists, with Rachel Wammack starting the show out. This young lady should have a pretty good future. Her voice is rich and absolutely beautiful.
Home Free came up next, an Acapella group who had a great mix of pop and country. This usually isn’t my kind of music, but I will say these guys are quite talented — and the beatboxing was unbelievable.
Gone West is a group who just released their first EP and single, “What Could’ve Been.” Although the name may not sound familiar, a couple of the members might. Lead singer Colbie Caillat and Nelly Joy, who is also known as Danelle Leverett, one half of the country duo the JaneDear girls, are primary members of Gone West.
Gone West had a light Country sound with wonderful harmonies. They broke away for a little bit and focused on Caillat’s earlier music, including her breakout song “Bubbly.” They even managed to do a fresh take on Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecelia.”
This has to be the first time in quite a while that 4 bands shared the stage, and not a single one was bad. It doesn’t hurt any when you have a country superstar like Reba to seal the deal.