Concert Review: Steve Holy and Dustin Lynch Turn the “Radio Up” in Davis, California

Davis, California, may not be the world’s hotbed for country music. But, on the evening of December 19, 2013, the city welcomed two of my favorite live performers in Steve Holy and Dustin Lynch.

Courtesy of 101.9 The Wolf

Courtesy of 101.9 The Wolf

I’ve been lucky enough to catch both of these stars in small venues on multiple occasions, and after last nights show, I’m thinking that it might be my last chance to see them in such an intimate setting. In my opinion, both were tremendous performances once again. I’ll keep this simple: Steve Holy and Dustin Lynch are destined for stardom.

The Davis Graduate was the venue for 101.9 The Wolf’s Country Acoustic Christmas Show, which hardly had the feel of an acoustic show with the energy from the crowd, the radio personalities and the performers. From the moment the doors opened at 7 p.m., until Steve Holy concluded his set at 11:45 p.m., the venue was electric.

Dustin Lynch took the stage first and played a mix of his own music featuring “Cowboys and Angels” and “She Cranks My Tractor” as well as a great selection of cover songs including “Wagon Wheel”, “Callin’ Baton Rouge”, “Dust on the Bottle” and “Friends in Low Places”. How can you go wrong with any of those songs?

Lynch

Not only is Lynch a great live performer, you can tell that he loves what he’s doing and appreciates his fans. Great interaction throughout the show with the audience, who were pretty much eating out of his hand from the first note. Just like Steve Holy and other artists including James Wesley, Phil Vassar and Chris Cagle, he’s genuine. You know that he actually wants to be there, playing music for the people. Taking requests, taking photos (and photo-bombing a few being taken in the front row) and just having a good time.

If you haven’t seen a live Dustin Lynch show, you’re missing out. Check him out next time he’s in town.

Around 10:15 p.m., Steve Holy took to the stage. I’ve seen him in concert three times before, with the most recent concert being a “Songwriter’s Night” in San Jose, hosted by KRTY 95.3, along with Troy Olsen, Brian McComas, Aaron Benward and Jason Jones.

Holy

What must be said first and foremost is that Holy brings a passion to his music that is unmatched in the industry. All of his songs are written from the heart (whether serious in nature or in fun) and this comes through in his live performances.

He played all of his hits including “Good Morning Beautiful”, “Love Don’t Run”, “Hauled Off and Kissed Me” and the crowd favorite “Brand New Girlfriend.” He also threw in a great cover of “Easy” and his current single “Radio Up” which is a standard on my playlist these days. If you haven’t heard it yet, what are you waiting for??? The song is a hit waiting to happen.

I always find it hard to choose a favorite moment. On this night, I’d have to go with the few moments we got to catch up after the show in the parking lot, talking about the show and plans for 2014. Spending time with your fans, even when you’re running late and in a big hurry, is important and what sets the good artists from the great artists.

Holy

Steve Holy is a genuine, all around great guy who doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves. This is something that needs to change and it really needs to change starting in 2014. There needs to be a movement and I’ll take the charge holding the flag if need be. We need to bring Steve’s name and songs to the top of the charts. Call, email and Tweet your local radio stations and tell them that you want Steve Holy played. Tell your friends to check out his music and videos…and tell them today! Country music needs more of the likes of Steve Holy, James Wesley and others who “get it”. We need to stand up and do what we can to get their names out there!

The future is bright for both of these artists, and I can’t see what’s in store for the year to come.

Have you seen either in concert before? What was your experience? Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below. I’d love to hear them!

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5 Comments on “Concert Review: Steve Holy and Dustin Lynch Turn the “Radio Up” in Davis, California”

  1. Christine Says:

    Steve did a songwriters night with Aaron and Brian?? In San Jose??? Where was I?? The past few years I have been road tripping up and down California with Chevon to see Steve.
    Agreed, great show. And a fun M&G, even if we did piss off the bouncer a little bit. Oops 🙂

  2. Kreuzer33 Says:

    The songwriter’s night was back in 2011. I think I wrote something up on it on the blog here somewhere. It was a FUN night!

  3. Chevon Sammons Says:

    John, this review is spot-on!! Dustin Lynch is awesome, I love how much interaction he was doing w the crowd! and you cant go wrong with a couple Garth hits! But, I was there for Steve and I couldn’t have summed up the performance better than you did! from the second he walks onstage till he’s done he gives 1 million percent! loves the energy from the crowd!! Country radio really needs to start listening to their fans because Steve absolutely deserves way more respect than hes got from them!! Steve loves his fans like you mentioned with him staying in the parking lot where it was freezing cold I might add, just so he could say hi and thank them for their support and take a few photos! not many singers would do that! but then again, hes just not any singer! hes one of the best!!!

  4. Kreuzer33 Says:

    It was a very good time. Especially the time that Steve took to talk with us after the show, in the cold, in the parking lot. Little things like that are very important!

  5. Cherie J. Fuentes Says:

    Their concerts were picketed by religious advocates and parent groups, who contended that their music had a corrupting influence on youth culture by inciting “rape, murder, blasphemy and suicide”.


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