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article imageReview: Sara Evans wows New York country fans at The Emporium Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 16, 2014 in Music
Patchogue - On April 15, country star Sara Evans headlined a show at The Emporium in Patchogue, Long Island. It was presented by the radio station, "My Country 96.1 FM."
Musical acts Chase Rice and Natalie Stovell and the Drive served as her opening acts.
Backed by a six-piece band, she commenced her set with her chart-topping single "Born to Fly," as the stage was graced in pink lights.
She followed it up with the upbeat hits "As If" and "Perfect."
"How is everybody doing tonight?" Evans asked. "We have a beautiful audience here," she added, and subsequently joked that what seemed like a piece of toilet paper was stuck on the microphone. She immediately noted her embarrassment once she realized that it was only a piece of paper.
Evans shared her excitement for the recent release of her brand new studio album and she went on to sing the title track single "Slow Me Down," which she dubbed as one of her personal favorite songs on there. The emotions and control she had over her voice throughout this performance was exceptional and it ought to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay charts, since she really knocked it out of the park.
It was followed by a moment of female empowerment as she sang "A Little Bit Stronger," co-written by Hillary Scott from the country band Lady Antebellum, which resonated well with the fans. She incorporated it as a crowd sing-along towards the end and simultaneously showcased her vulnerability as an artist and her prowess on nailing the high notes.
She changed the pace of her set with a cover of Rod Stewart's "My Heart Can't Tell You No."
Evans noted that she grew up on a farm in Missouri and that she was a "total redneck as a child," prior to singing the witty and fun "Suds in the Bucket."
The lovey dovey portion of the show took place as she sang her country version of "Could Not Ask For More," where she showcased her tremendous vocal range, proving that she is one of country's most gifted female vocalists. During this song, many couples were seen slow-dancing in the audience.
She closed with her infectious and uplifting chart-topping single "Real Fine Place to Start," which featured stunning electric guitar instrumentation.
For her three encore vocals, she sang three cover tunes that included Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," Neon Tree's "Everybody Talks," Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason," as a duet with Billy McClaran from her band.
The Verdict
Overall, Sara Evans proved that she is still one of country music's finest female artists. Her vocals were soothing and emotional, connecting well with the hearts of her audience. Hopefully, she will earn a nomination at the upcoming Country Music Association (CMA) awards for "Female Vocalist of the Year" since it is hard to picture that category without her presence, especially after such a great year she has had with her new album. Her show garnered an A rating.
For more information on Sara Evans and her upcoming tour dates, visit her official website.
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