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article imageReview: Billy Currington electrifying at The Paramount in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     May 13, 2017 in Music
Huntington - On May 12, country star Billy Currington headlined The Paramount on Long Island for a sold-out venue, which was presented by My Country 96.1 FM.
Rising country singer Seth Ennis served as his opening act, who was able to warm up the stage for Currington.
The country heartthrob was dressed in black, sporting an "Alice in Hulaland, Paia, Maui" shirt. Currington kicked off his set with the upbeat "Don't It," where he accompanied himself on electric guitar. He picked up the pace with another fun tune, "That's How Country Boys Roll."
"Howdy, howdy, howdy," he said. "Y'all ready to have a good time tonight?" he asked, prior to singing "Love Done Gone." He took his fans on a trip down memory lane with the infectious "I Got A Feelin'," where everybody was singing along.
After switching guitars, he dedicated the laid-back and carefree "Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer" to the Long Island audience. "This is for you," he exclaimed. "Are you ready for this?" he asked.
He put his guitar down and sang the sultry and seductive "Wake Me Up," which received an enormous response. The same was true for the acoustic guitar-driven "Let Me Down Easy," where turquoise lights dimmed from the stage.
Billy Currington at The Paramount
Billy Currington at The Paramount
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"Yeah," he screamed, prior to belting out his No. 1 single, "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To," where everybody was stomping their feet on The Paramount floor.
"This is our brand new song," he said, introducing his latest Top 25 hit, "Do I Make You Wanna." Judging from the crowd response at The Paramount, this single deserves to go straight to the top.
"Are you guys having a good time?" he asked, and the answer was a resounding "yes." He accompanied himself on acoustic guitar for the Grammy-nominated "People Are Crazy," and he continued with the acoustic portion of the song where he performed "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" and "Don't" in a stripped down fashion, joined by two band members who played acoustic guitars as well. This segment of the show displays his dynamic, baritone voice in the purest form. "Thank you very much," he said, graciously.
After returning to a full band concert, he sang the flirty "Hey Girl" and the equally fun and upbeat "We Are Tonight," the latter of which was a true anthem for a Friday night. He had the crowd jumping and waving their hands up in the air.
"Thank you very much Long Island," he exclaimed, and returned for an encore that featured such songs as a cover version of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places" and "Right Back Here To Me."
The Verdict
Overall, Billy Currington did an excellent job at The Paramount in Huntington. While he is known for mostly playing arena shows with the biggest stars in country music, it is safe to say that his voice was made for such venues as The Paramount, since he was able to form an intimate connection with his fans and followers. His live show on Long Island garnered five out of five stars.
Billy Currington chatted with Digital Journal.
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