BY SAM KRAUSS
Kiss Country’s annual Stars and Guitars concert at Hard Rock live on Nov. 17 was a great night of music and getting to know the artists. Darius Rucker highlighted the show, and other acts included Love & Theft, Sheryl Crow, Craig Campbell, and Dustin Lynch. The show was great because it was filled with popular songs and kept the crowd engaged.
The show got off to a slow start as each act came out on stage one by one. An interesting aspect was that all the artists stayed on stage with each other the whole show while they took turns performing. All the acts were interacting and commenting on each other’s performances, which is not common in most concerts and was a different and fun twist.
The first round of songs performed by the first four artists were all very slow and unfamiliar songs. Once Darius Rucker came on stage, the crowd came alive and was dancing and singing along to his hit, “I Only Want to Be With You” because of the upbeat tempo.
Love & Theft were also very popular among the crowd when they sang “Running Out of Air” and “Angel Eyes.” Their live guitar playing was a nice authentic touch to their performance and demonstrated just how great they are live.
The stars each performed cover songs of other artists, who aren’t necessarily country, but the best was Craig Campbell’s version of the pop song “Royals” by Lorde. The way Campbell performed it was an awesome country twist on a totally different genre of music. None of the other covers were really memorable or stood out compared to Campbell’s performance because it was so different and unique.
For the country music lover or not, Stars and Guitars was a great concert to enjoy and feel the love and passion the stars feel through their music. All of the artists played great and kept the fans singing and dancing along in the crowd.