The second day of the littlest country festival in Walker, Minnesota once again did not disappoint, as Moondance Jammin Country always seems to put together the perfect line-up. Those who have faithfully followed the female country duo Bomshel will certainly recognize one of the members of American Young, none other than Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone, who has penned hits for Rascal Flatts, ‘Me and My Gang’, and Lee Brice, ‘A Woman Like You.’
Bringing her signature fiddle playing to the group, and sassy classy wit to match, Kristy’s impeccable vocal talent and outspoken personality and Jon’s laid back charm, are a sure thing to make all of Nashville stop and take a listen. ‘Love is War’ is a little bit of something very unique to the sound of country music, a song that will soon be resonating throughout the land; and from the size of the crowd, which was one of the biggest that the festival has had for an afternoon show in a longtime, was enjoying the duo. Clearly what American Young has managed to coin together is nothing short of a miracle.
Newcomer Thomas Rhett was a sure crowd pleaser with his brand of what is being called country’s newest sound. He had the crowd swaying with hits, ‘Something to do with my hands’ and ‘Beer with Jesus.’
Lee Brice, who also played a key role in the formation of American Young, offering to produce the group, was spotted earlier looking down from the side stage rafters admiring them as they performed. From the way the crowd was responding to his set, they didn’t find him ‘Hard to Love’. Lee had them serenading him as the females in the crowd swooned over him during ‘A Woman Like You’. ‘I Drive Your Truck’ followed about how a man deals with losing his brother, brings things in perspective when dealing with loss. He may have slowed things down and then came back bringing the house down with ‘Parking Lot Party’, before exciting the stage. There was no doubt that this crowd wasn’t enjoying every minute of it, and it wouldn’t be long before headliners, Montgomery Gentry would take the stage to wrap things up.
Montgomery Gentry was the perfect way to end the two day festival, with their flavor of country music. Troy Gentry and Eddie Montgomery had incredible energy the very moment they took the stage, it’s as if the two were struck by lightning and empowered through the whole set. Eddie with that long black leather jacket, and his signature dark black Stetson, and the half folded mic, which he uses almost like a magician uses his magic stick, who knows maybe that’s there big secret all these years, hmmmm? Whatever it is, the two have that same magical chemistry just like the now retired, Brooks and Dunn. The duo performed all their hits, including ‘Our Town’, ‘If You Ever Stop Loving Me’, ‘Something To Be Proud Of’, and ‘Back When I Knew It All’.
Sounds of elated jammers filled the night sky until the early hours of the morning, as they wanted the celebration to continue, well long after Montgomery Gentry jumped onto to their bus getting a head start on their next show which was states away.
Moondance Jammin Country proved again why it’s still the littlest, biggest country festival in Northern Minnesota, simply by festival organizers’ impeccable taste in the lineup, and welcoming everyone into the family, year after year.