Julie Roberts packed the house at Nashville's Listening Room Cafe for her CMA Fest Fan Party with approximately 200 fans showing up to hear her sing. Roberts is hands down one of the most underrated country singers on the planet. Her 20+ song set was one of the greatest performances I have seen in quite some time. She sang songs from her self-titled debut album, her sophomore effort "Men and Mascara," and her brand new record "Alive." She also threw in a gospel medley and, my personal favorite, a cover of Hank Williams Jr's "Family Tradition" in which she made her sister come up on stage with her and sing with her.
It's been a while since Julie's fans have gotten new music from her and it was obvious that they were loving every minute of the new material. As I looked around the room, all I could see were smiles and paparazzi-like camera flashes. Her blues-soaked, down home country voice is refreshing in a world where sugar-coated pop music is beginning to take over country radio.
It wasn't just her new music that impressed me; it was the love and appreciation she had for her fans. It was evident that she was loving every single moment of being with them. She was constantly smiling, even during the depressing songs. It warmed my heart to see someone so genuinely happy to be doing what they love. After the show, she stayed and talked with the fans for hours...and I mean hours. I stood by and watched as she talked with each and every fan and made them feel as if they were the only person in the room. In fact, she spent a good ten minutes with some people. It was a beautiful thing to see an artist and a fan share such a special connection. Keep in mind, Julie was up bright & early for press before the City of Hope softball game, then played in the game, immediately left to do an autograph session at the CMA Fest Fan Fair Hall, then went directly to the Listening Room to soundcheck, and then perform 20+ songs. With as much time and effort as she's putting into her career at this point, she deserves nothing but success.
If you'd like to hear Julie's music, go to her website at http://www.julieroberts.com/ and purchase "Alive." While you're at it, buy her first two records if you don't already have them. If you love country music, I promise you won't regret the purchase.
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