On a warm summer night in August, Chuck Wicks brings some laughter along with his greatest hits to the Hollywood Dayton Raceway.
Located on the front stretch of the horse racetrack at the Hollywood Dayton Raceway is a makeshift concert area for the evening’s Country Night featuring Chuck Wicks.
Chuck entered the stage joining his band as they opened the show with his 2008 single “All I Ever Wanted.” Afterwards, Chuck welcomes the crowd and encourages them to come closer and fill the empty seats in front of the stage.
While introducing himself, Chuck tells of a lady he met earlier that day in the casino who did not know of him. As she has seen his picture throughout the casino, she planned to attend to see what he was all about. With a joking grin, he stated that she has just gotten up and left while the crowd joined in his laughter.
As the band begins to softly play, Chuck claims that most of his shows lately have been acoustic and that this is the first time he has played with a full band in quite a while. He proceeds to welcome the crowd to their band rehearsal.
Chuck continues on with his show performing songs from his two studio albums Starting Now from 2008 and his current Turning Point from 2016 that include hits; “Old School,” “Salt Life” and “Hold That Thought.”
During the performance of “Whole Wide World,” Chuck sits on a stack of speakers at the front of the stage taking photo selfies with the eager crowd as they swarm towards him for their one moment of personal contact with the artist.
In February, Chuck was involved in a one vehicle accident that fractured his skull and cervical vertebrae in his C2 region. Lucky to be alive and not paralyzed has left Chuck thinking and looking at life differently now as a blessing.
He then calls out to a lady friend in the crowd who is battleling cancer and confined to a wheelchair. She had gone through an extra radiation treatment at home beforehand in order to obtain a doctor’s approval to travel the 11 hours to attend the show. For her dedication and support to him and the band, Chuck dedicates “The Whole Damn Thing” to her and her family.
Chuck was born in 1979 in Smyrna, Delaware and Eddie Rabbitt had the #1 single in the country with “Drivin’ My Life Away.” Chuck adds the song to his set each night as his way to pay tribute to the forefathers of country music.
As a fan to country music in general, Chuck covers the hits “Pick Up Man” and “I Like It I Love It” by his current idols Joe Diffie and Tim McGraw.
Chuck and his band perform “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band in which it allows each of his band members to show off their instrumental talents.
As a songwriter, Chuck has written songs not only for himself but others like Jason Aldean who added “I Don’t Do Lonely Well” to his Night Train album.
To close the show, Chuck returns back to 2007 where it all began with his debuting signature single “Stealing Cinderella.” At the conclusion of the song, Chuck thanks the crowd again for coming and informs them of a new album he is working on towards a 2018 release.
He finishes by answering a ladies question “Yes, I was on Dancing With The Stars in 2009 and I try to forget about it. Now, let’s do a shot.”
Chuck was proceeded by one of Nashville’s own, Kelleigh Bannen who also was joined on stage by her band.
Kelleigh opens her segment of the show with “Smoke When I Drink” before her 2016 summertime anthem “Landlocked.”
Entertaining the crowd with originals like; “Mama Got A Gun,” “Cheap Sunglasses,” “Once Upon A” and “Overacheaver,” Kelleigh also added songs from a few friends.
Although the song is an original of George Jones, Kelleigh shows support to her friend Chris Stapleton with a sip of his hit “Tennessee Whiskey.”
With her band they also perform the number one single “Stay A Little Longer” by friends Brothers Osborne.
Kelleigh has recently seen her success mature as being a part of the “Ladies of Country Music” growth that is starting to take a stand by resurrecting their air time on country radio. With her controversial single “Church Clothes,” Kelleigh is making waves and gaining attention as she moves full throttle forward with positive vibes by all, including other artists and fans alike.
Performing the TLC cover “Waterfalls” Kelleigh notes that the song was popular during her time in middle school and was a favorite of hers.
Kelleigh concludes her show with the crowd joining in with the Nancy Sinatra cover “These Boots Are Made For Walking” and her 2014 original “Famous.”
Local talent for the evening is provided by the duo sister group known as Adele & Gentry from West Alexandria, OH. This evening’s show is an acoustic set with the sisters being joined on stage by long time friend Jared on acoustic guitar.
Kicking the show off, the duo gets the crowd going with a couple of their own originals; “Anything Could Happen,” “Stupid Puppets,” “Sweet Memory” and “The Color Song,” along with a few covers by Ed Sheehan “Thinking Out Loud,” Julia Michaels “Issues,” Lorde “Royals,” U2 “I Still Haven’t Found What I Am Looking For” and Maroon 5 “Sugar.”
This evening’s performance was a hit and enjoyed by all as the intimate affair gives the artists and fans a chance to come face to face and interact with each other personally.
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