Show Review & Photos: Carrie Underwood & Adam Sanders @ The Washington State Fair

Carrie Underwood & Adam Sanders @ The Washington State Fair – 9/4/21
Show Review & Photos by John Rudolph

Carrie Underwood – photo by John Rudolph

Carrie Underwood is so talented, and she puts on a hell of a show!!!

Okay, I can hear you now, “Duh, of course.”

Yes, she sings like an angel.  Her voice is crystal clear and very powerful, and I just kept saying, “This woman can sing!”

When I say she’s super talented, I mean that she is a true musician. She took the stage standing on the top of a set of risers, enveloped in smoke, and silhouetted in the backdrop’s white glow. Underwood easily played solos that most guitarists would love to play.  

A nice touch which I always appreciate is when artists tell personal stories. Underwood talked about how her life influences her songwriting. She also spoke about deceased family members who are waiting for us in heaven. I was moved by this, especially because of the enormous loss during the pandemic. 

Right after that personal moment, Underwood turned up the heat and rocked out. Again, she played some healthy guitar solos that revved the crowd. She then gave that cute wave at the crowd, slowed things down a bit, and turned back to country. Her ability to switch between country and pop was seamless. Underwood has a strong, sexy way of performing and the fans LOVED IT! 

The other thing that I love about a good show is when everyone knows the lyrics. It just seems like pure joy when fans and the artist share a call and response/back and forth. The crowd and the artist seem to share that certain something. That happened on Saturday night.

Fiddle player and backup vocalist Sydni Perry was a nice combination with Carrie Underwood. Their voices complemented each other so well.  

Underwood’s come a long way since she won American Idol‘s fourth season. 

Fellow American country artist Adam Sanders opened. Sanders released his debut album, What If I’m Right in May.

Carrie Underwood – photos by John Rudolph

Adam Sanders – photos by John Rudolph

Carrie Underwood @ The Washington State Fair Setlist – 9/4/21

  1. Church Bells
  2. Southbound
  3. Cowboy Casanova
  4. Good Girl
  5. Last Name
  6. Two Black Cadillacs
  7. Blown Away
  8. Drinking Alone
  9. Dirty Laundry
  10. Choctaw County Affair
  11. See You Again
  12. Flat on the Floor
  13. Wasted
  14. Jesus, Take the Wheel
  15. All-American Girl
  16. Little Toy Guns
  17. Something in the Water
  18. Undo It

Encore

  1. Cry Pretty
  2. Love Wins
  3. Smoke Break
  4. Before He Cheats

Photos: Atmosphere & Cypress Hill w/Z-Trip @ Marymoor Park

Atmosphere & Cypress Hill w/Z-Trip – 8/22/21
Photos by Alex Crick

Minneapolis’ Atmosphere headlined with support from fellow hip-hop artists Cypress Hill last Saturday night at Marymoor Park. The duo will release a new album, WORD?, in October, which will be available digitally and on cassette. They’ll also have more American tour dates through August and September-October. Big congratulations to openers Cypress Hill, who just turned 30 years old, and you can check out Z-Trip’s latest on SoundCloud: Space Funk.

Atmosphere

Cypress Hill

Audience

Z-Trip

Photos: Primus & Battles @ Marymoor Park

Primus & Battles @ Marymoor Park – 8/14/21
Photos by Alex Crick

What a fantastic double bill this is! If you were at Marymoor Park on Saturday night (or maybe you couldn’t go, but you heard it if you were close by) you saw Primus and Battles play what I think must have been one of the park’s first shows since the pandemic hit. With a cool approach of playing another band’s entire album for A Tribute to Kings tour, Primus played Rush’s entire 1977 album A Farewell to Kings. I like this idea. Opening was New York’s Battles, who have a couple more dates on Primus’ West Coast tour leg.

Primus

Audience

Battles

Photos: Watershed 2021 @ The Gorge Amphitheatre – Day 3

All good things must come to an end, including the beautiful scenery on Day 3 of Watershed due to the thick wildfire smoke.  Nonetheless, the huge crowd didn’t miss a beat – from standing room only in front of the stage to those in lawn chairs on the hillside.  The photos are shown in reverse chronological order – from the headliners in the evening on each stage, to the openers in the early afternoon.

Jon Pardi

Callista Clark

Randy Houser

Ross Ellis

Kylie Morgan

Gabby Barrett

Temecula Road

Tiera

Reyna Roberts