MyCountry 96.1, a country radio station out on Long Island has been known for championing rising artists and this weekend they celebrated their 10th Annual ‘The Fest’ concerts at Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater in Farmingville, New York. Saturday night Lee Brice with special guests Ryan Hurd, Hannah Ellis & Dillon Carmichael performed, and last night, we caught Walker County and Old Dominion.
Sophie and Ivy, sisters from Indiana who make up Walker County played an extended opening set, showcasing their incredible harmonies and sassy songwriting. The duo who are signed to Warner Music Nashville performed “Drag It Out”, “Someone’s Someone” and even did covers of Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” and Heart’s “Alone”.
Sophie, who is usually rocking behind the drums, joined her sister Ivy at the front of the stage for one of the most memorable moments of the night, singing a song they wrote about self-confidence and the way women speak about themselves. “I think as women, we are the hardest on ourselves, and we look in the mirror and we see all that is wrong and really we need to be looking in the mirror and see how beautiful, badass, and strong we are as women,” Ivy said. “So we hope y’all really listen to this song and can relate.” The tender lyrics of the song match their impeccable delivery.“Look her in the eyes and tell her she’s pretty, give her a smile, let her know there ain’t a thing she’s gotta change, instead of breaking her heart, maybe give her a break today, mirror mirror I know you’ve got a lot to say, you’ve seen every single tear, help her see the truth more clear, mirror mirror.”
They closed out their set with their current radio single “Bits & Pieces”, a super upbeat and fun song about remembering only parts of a night out. These girls are primed for success in the country music genre and we can’t wait to see where their music takes them.
Closing out a weekend of incredible music, Old Dominion took the stage to a completely packed amphitheater. Another act that can completely fill their set with hits, Old Dominion brought their fans back to the good old days with hits like “Breakup With Him” and “Beer Can In A Truck Bed” from their 2015 debut album Meat and Candy. The band has played this particular venue three times, so clearly, fans on Long Island sang along, supporting them throughout their entire career.
Lead singer Matt Ramsey admitted to the audience a few songs in that although he tested negative several times for COVID-19, he was definitely feeling under the weather and had a team of doctors and nurses on site trying to help him make it through this show. “We know how important live music is and how long you’ve got without it. I’m not 100% but I will give until I can’t give anymore,” he stated. Completely showing his determination and love for the music and the packed crowd who helped him out throughout the show by singing at the top of their lungs.
“Right now as we are all here together, no matter what we are going through there’s a lot of people that are suffering, some of them are down on the Gulf Coast right now getting the shit beat out of them by a storm, some of them are dealing with the loss of their loved one in a terrorist attack that killed them en and women in the United States military…Our hearts are going out to those people that are dealing with that right now.”
A highlight of any Old Dominion show is when they take a break from playing their own hits and talk about how they were all songwriters in Nashville, first and foremost, and they love writing songs for other artists. Brad Tursi performed “A Guy Walks Into a Bar” which was cut by Tyler Farr and Trevor Rosen performed “Sangria”, which Blake Shelton turned into a massive hit.
Old Dominion, even with their frontman not feeling 100% showed the crowd on Long Island the best way to spend a Sunday evening was listening to hit after hit and truly cherishing the live music.
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