September 7, 2009
Kelly and her light-up microphone
Four days before Kelly Clarkson will start her national tour (with no stops in Dallas), she played to a full house at the gigantic Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma on Sunday night.
From the beginning, the joke was how many people had come from Burleson (Kelly’s hometown) or surrounding areas that knew her or were related to her to see her show. She made light of this a few times throughout her set, really showing her charm and genuineness. The crowds definitely fit that assumption! A majority of fans were complete families, moms and daughters, or the select gay following that Kelly seems to have attracted.
There was no opening act, so she started off right at 8:00 with “All I Ever Wanted,” the title track from her latest record. She has definitely not forgotten about where she came from because she always sings tracks from her first album, which was under the American Idol record label. “Miss Independent” was the representation this time.
She played the entire show with her classic bare feet and jumped up and down to many of the more upbeat songs. Kelly has said in a past interview that she likes to play live shows barefoot because she can feel the music from the floor. I’ve never tried it, but it sounds kind of deep and insightful.
Kelly introduced the audience into her array of music, showing her diversity and changing taste in genres. She spoke highly of Rod Stewart’s catalog of music, saying until she had seen him live she had never realized how much she liked him. She sang his song, “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” replacing guys with girls to put her own spin on it. She also sang “If” by Janet Jackson, Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” and one from one of her idols, Reba McEntire. She sang Reba’s song, “Greatest Man,” because Reba is from Oklahoma and because she “loves her songs.”
Cline’s “Walking After Midnight” was the best song of the night. Kelly combined an acoustic blues mood with the already country twang, and really enchanted the crowd with her vocals. They are a constant reminder of how she got to where she is. There was a trumpet, saxophone, and trombone accompaniment to the song; she said they added the horns specifically for this cover.
She had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand all night, laughing at every joke and admiring how real and girl-next-door she really is.
Many of her songs were played acoustically that night, including “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and “Already Gone”, which is her newest single. It’s almost as if she likes to give a unique show to every crowd, which is never a bad thing.
So although DFW will not be blessed with her presence in this upcoming tour (she will be in Austin and Houston), this was the next best thing.