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Reba McIntire in a reflective moment of her high energy performance. (Hill ’n Holler staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba McIntire in a reflective moment of her high energy performance. (Hill ’n Holler staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Johnny Cash Music Fest logoJonesboro, Ark. — Reba McEntire put on one heck of a show for Johnny Cash here Friday night filling the ASU Convocation Center right up to the brim working the crowd as only Reba can.
Reba, 59, made her entrance in a flash of black sequins opening with “Can’t Even Get the Blues” and made her exit in a red sequin dress to a howling, screaming on their feet sold out crowd as she gave them “Fancy” for an encore.
Reba talks to the crowd like they’re on her back porch and tells them those stories about her songs and her life that make her up close and personal. The story she told them about how she ended up with a number one hit song after she had gone to a famous songwriter’s house and turned down several of his songs before she heard the one she liked. Reba gave her fans a behind the scenes look at her 1984 smash hit “Somebody Should Leave” before she belted it out.
Reba is a high energy drink. She comes on and lights up the stage with her presence. And she smiles. And laughs, and has a great time.
Some of the songs she put together for the show included “Little Rock” “The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia,” “Is There Life Out There?” “You’re No Good,” “Shame,” and her TV show theme song, “I’m a Survivor”
She teamed up with fiddle player and guitar player Jennifer for a rendition of “Does He Love You” and hustled the stage with her on “Nothing to Lose”.
Reba did her version of Kelley Clarkson’s “Because of You” and closed out with “Turn On the Radio”.
Even though the grand old lady of country music Loretta Lynn, 82, was on the same bill there was no question the headliner for this year’s Johnny Cash Music Festival was Reba.
Loretta came on with Bobby Bare and sang “God Bless America Again” She was stately and in full voice when she and Bobby sang the number.
Bobby Bare, 79, held his own as the king of country bar room music dressed all in black to “honor the man”. He opened with “Ride Me Down Easy” and sang what he said was Bill Clinton’s favorite county song, “Drop Kick Me Jesus (Through the Goal Posts of Life)”. Bare told a couple of funny jokes and sang a couple of funny songs. And a couple of unfunny songs like “Miller’s Cave” and “Streets of Baltimore.” He did “Come Sundown” and “That’s How I Got to Memphis.” He graveled and growled his way through “Last Night I Went to Sleep in Detroit City (I Wanna to Go Home).” His play list also included “500 Miles,” “Four Strong Winds,” and he closed it down with everybody’s favorite “Marie Laveau.” Singing backup for Bobby were members of the Rhodes Family, a mid South musical legend.
This reporter regrets that she missed all of Loretta Lynn’s act as she opened the show and we were stuck in traffic out on Stadium Blvd. Hope to see you again. Loretta.
Caroll Lucas
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Bobby Bare (Hill 'n Holler staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Bobby Bare (Hill ‘n Holler staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Loretta Lynn joins Bobby Bare to sing "God Bless America Again." (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Loretta Lynn joins Bobby Bare to sing “God Bless America Again.” (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Bobby Bare (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Bobby Bare (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Members of the Rhodes Family sing backup for Bobby Bare. (Facebook photo)

Members of the Rhodes Family sing backup for Bobby Bare. (Facebook photo)

Reba McEntire -- a flash of sequins (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Reba McEntire — a flash of sequins (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Reba McEntire (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba McEntire (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba works the stage. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba works the stage. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba never stops smiling. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba never stops smiling. (Staff photo by Mariann Hyslop)

Reba McEntire closed the show with "Fancy." (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Reba McEntire closed the show with “Fancy.” (Staff photo by Caroll Lucas)

Loretta Lynn opened the show. (ASU photo by Andrew Ferguson)

Loretta Lynn opened the show. (ASU photo by Andrew Ferguson)

Loretta Lynn and her band. (ASU photo by Andrew Ferguson)

Loretta Lynn and her band. (ASU photo by Andrew Ferguson)

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