This show was great because it was so informal and funny. Of course SaraBeth was playing her music seriously, but she kept it light and hilarious at some points. That happened during the next song she played, which was "Possible". She messed up the lyrics at the beginning, and started over, saying bashfully, "Just laugh at me... or with me." A lot of times during concerts - even online ones - the artists get so wrapped up in the fact there so many people are watching them and become overly focused on the music and aren't themselves. SaraBeth let her personality be the star of the show, and made me really like her as a person even though I've never met her.
A nice surprise the show had was when Glen Mitchell, her guitar player performed a solo song. I honestly did not know he had a solo career, and I loved his performance. He sang his song "Blue Chevrolet". To me, Mitchell seemed like a mix of Keith Urban and Toby Keith. I enjoyed his performance so much, I've begun to follow his career! (Be prepared for a Glen Mitchell review in the future.) The most adorable thing was that SaraBeth was smiling and reading the comments the whole time, which added to the joyfulness of the performance, whether she meant to or not.
One of my favorite performances was "You Rock My Rodeo" partially because of the lyrics and partially because of Mitchell's guitar playing. Mitchell had the highlight of the performance with an insane acoustic guitar solo before the bridge. He actually had incredible guitar playing throughout the whole concert, but here is where he really shined. The key lyric in the track is: "Always feels like heaven when we raise a little hell." I smiled at that one.
The one thing this concert lacked was a ballad. SaraBeth and Mitchell played many great songs, but all of them were somewhat uptempo. If SaraBeth had played a song like "Slow" or "Forever" the concert would have been better. It would have rounded out the concert and been a nice change of tempo from the anger - filled uptempo songs.
The highlight of the show was the debut of SaraBeth's single. She revealed that it's called "I'm Sick of It". She played an acoustic version and part of the recorded version. The part of the recorded version I heard had a cowpunk vibe, and was extremely sassy! The best lyric was "that guitar you love so much is about to get crushed underneath my brother's truck." It channeled Taylor Swift's "Picture to Burn" and seems to be the best badass song SaraBeth has put out so far.
The show ended with "You Keep Me Smiling". This song was no better than any of the others she played, but was a good, happy ending to the show. I especially loved the bridge where SaraBeth sang a line and then Mitchell repeated it as if to simulate an echo. It was perfect.
Although this show did lack a few things, it was an ideal show to get fans hyped for the new EP and single.
Overall rating: 3 and 3/4 crowns