"500 Miles", "Last Night I Went to Sleep in Detroit City", "Marie Laveau", ASU, “Because of You”, “Can’t Even Get the Blues”, “Drop Kick Me Jesus”, “Fancy”, “God Bless America Again”, “I Wanna Go Home”, “I’m a Survivor”, “Little Rock”, “Ride Me Down Easy”, “Somebody Should Leave”, “Streets of Baltimore”, “That’s How I Got to Memphis”, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”, “Turn On the Radio”, Bobby Bare, Convocation Center, full house, Johnny Cash Music Festival, Johnny Cash tribute, Jonesboro AR, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Reba’s smile, Rhodes Family, Stadium Boulevard
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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