By: Addie Hayes Editor/Lead Writer, Regional Music Journal
On Saturday July 28, 2018, country music fans descended on Chisolm Creek in Oklahoma City for Jake Jam 2018. The annual summer concert, hosted by radio station 93.3 Jake FM, is a free event for fans of the radio station and attendance has steadily grown each year. Performers included Eric Paslay, the Read Southall Band, Wade Bowen & Randy Rogers and the Josh Abbott Band.
Eric Paslay performing at Jake Jam 2018 in Oklahoma City 7/28/18 – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
Texas native Eric Paslay released his debut self-titled album Eric Paslay in 2014 and quickly won over country music fans and critics alike. The album produced the top ten hit “Friday Night”, as well as “She Don’t Love You” and “Song About a Girl”. Paslay has written many hit singles for other country music artists and collaborated with well know musicians like Amy Grant, Charles Kelley from Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley. In 2016 Paslay, along with Charles Kelley and Dierks Bentley, received a Grammy nomination for Best Country/Duo Performance for the song “The Driver”. Paslay opened Jake Jam 2018, performing to a large crowd of country music fans who arrived early to enjoy the concert.
Read Southall Band at Jake Jam 2018 in Oklahoma City 7/28/18 – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
The Read Southall Band followed Paslay’s set and captivated the audience with their Red Dirt sound. The band, from Stillwater Oklahoma, mixes Red Dirt with southern rock to produce a hard hitting sound; on their Facebook page the music is described as “Oklahoma Rock and Roll, Southern Rock, Crunchy Country”. Oklahoma country music fans love the Read Southall Band and sang along to several songs including “Clean Slate”, “Don’t Tell Me”, “Beautiful Eyes” and “Keystone Clan”. The band showed their musical influences with excellent covers of “Call Me The Breeze” originally recorded by Lynyrd Skynrd and the Kings of Leon song “Family Tree”. The Read Southall Band had a stand out performance in a lineup of extremely talented musicians.
Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers teamed up to perform at Jake Jam 2018 in Oklahoma City 7/28/18 – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
Up next was well known country artists Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers. The Texas pair are Red Dirt royalty, having teamed up many times over the past decade. The duo released their album “Hold My Beer Vol 1” in 2015, and they brought their “Hold My Beer and Watch This” set to Jake Jam 2018. By the time Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers took the stage, the crowd was massive. This year Jake Jam saw record breaking attendance. During Bowen and Rogers’ set they performed favorites like “In the Next Life”, “Buy Myself a Chance”, “One Step Closer”, “Lady Bug”, and “Tonight’s Not the Night” to name a few. The crowd was ecstatic when the duo performed their cover of Merle Haggard’s “It’s Been a Great Afternoon” and the Randy Rogers Band hit “Kiss Me In The Dark”.
Josh Abbott Band headlining Jake Jam 2018 in Oklahoma City 7/28/18 – Photos Courtesy Shane Loudon Photography
After the sun went down, things cooled off and fans were treated to a much needed breeze. The Josh Abbott Band took the stage to wrap up Jake Jam 2018. Texas native Josh Abbott is a charismatic performer with an amazing voice. He kept the crowd engaged and singing along to the band’s songs like “Wasn’t That Drunk”, “I’m Your Only Flaw”, and “Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey”. He dedicated the song “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” to members of the military as well as police officers. During the set, Wade Bowen joined the band on stage to perform “Small Town Family Dream”. The Josh Abbott Band also performed a fantastic cover of Mel McDaniel’s 1980 hit “Louisiana Saturday Night”. The Josh Abbott Band is a favorite among Oklahoma country music fans.
Jake Jam continues to grow each year and 2018 saw record attendance. This is a free concert put on by Oklahoma City country radio station 93.3 Jake FM, as a way of showing fans how much they appreciate the support. The radio station focuses on the newest trends in country music and plays a mix of today’s top mainstream country music mixed with up and coming artists. With all of this year’s artists being from Oklahoma and Texas, this concert spotlighted the regions talent and proved you don’t have to look to Nashville for some quality country music.
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