Bentley, Montgomery Gentry, Janson Bring The Jam
It was another successful year at Jam In The Valley This was the 20th anniversary of Western New York’s only 3-day country concert event in Varysburg New York, and even though things were a bit muddy to start out, I’d have to say it’s one of the best festivals I’ve been to in North America.
Highlights were many and the energy was high. Chris Janson. This guy is good. I would say the highest energy show I have seen in a long time. His 70 minute set to start of the festival made you want to scream “Truck Yeah.”
Day 2 offered up the likes of Scotty McCreery, an artist on the comeback trail, Chris Cagle and the man running from the ‘po-po.’ Dierks Bentley had the feel of a honkytonk for 12,000 of your closest friends.
The final day was packed with the tight sounds of Parmalee, a great set from Randy Houser, but the highlight was an amazing 2 hour set from Montgomery Gentry. I could go on and on about Montgomery Gentry. They are true monarchs in this business that have only gotten better even amidst recent rumors of their “split.” The exploded onto the stage with “My Town” and commenced to play just about every song in their canon, if there is an underappreciated duo in the business today it is Montgomery Gentry.
From music to the incredible fireworks, the 20th anniversary of Jam In The Valley was simply awesome! Yes, the weather was hot and sticky on the good days and wet and muddy and frustrating on the bad days, but it never seems to bother any of the fans, and the workers, volunteers and musicians always stay professional and dedicated. Here is to an amazing 21st Anniversary show in 2014!