Country music star and award-winning songwriter Jameson Rodgers performed at Brick Street Bar last Wednesday, kicking off his 2022 “Cold Beer Calling My Name” tour.
“You can play anywhere, but there’s just a different energy in a college town,” Rodgers said in a pre-gig interview.
While Brick Street was filled with college students wearing cowboy hats and country clothes, attendees were thrilled to see Rodgers perform. Some even went so far as to try and aggressively force their way forward.
“We like it!” said a group of students in unison, as they gathered for the show.
The group of friends’ favorite songs were “You Won’t”, “Good Dogs”, “Some Girls”, and “Cold Beer Calling My Name”.
While some people already knew Rodgers as an artist, others simply loved the idea of going to a concert.
“I know a few songs,” third-year student Courtney Kolenda said. “But I’m just going there for fun.”
Rodgers, her manager and her booking agent ultimately chose to perform at Brick Street as it worked with her tour itineraries. He mentioned that he had a great experience at the bar in the past.
“We had already booked Chicago and St. Louis,” Rodgers said. “We were like, ‘Where is somewhere in the eight hours that we like to play that could drive with these states?’ I played at Oxford a few years ago, and I just remember it was great.
While Brick Street invites country music singers to perform, these are usually artists who are lesser known or are just beginning to gain recognition.
Even though he just released his debut studio album last year, which ranked No. 23 on Billboard’s Top US Country Albums, Rodgers has already made quite a name for himself in the music industry. country with his writing credits.
He received the Leon Brettler Award from the Foundation of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 2014 and Music Row’s Discovery Artist of the Year award in 2020. He was also named one of “Country Artists to Watch” by Pandora in 2018.
He co-wrote platinum hits with Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Chris Lane. He also has experience performing in front of large audiences in arenas with Luke Combs and at Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Playa” festival.
He recently revealed that he co-wrote a song on Dustin Lynch’s fifth studio album, “Blue In The Sky.”
Despite Rodgers’ success, he said he preferred to perform in front of smaller crowds, as he felt more energy and reaction from the audience.
“It sounds weird, but at this point in my career, I prefer to play in a smaller room where everyone knows who I am, as opposed to a huge room where not many people know who I am,” he said. he declares. “But every time you get on stage, it’s great.”
Rodgers said he loved the energy of the students, which helped him decide to return to Brick Street to perform again.
“They bring all the energy,” he said. “They are ready to go. I remember it being rowdy and fun, and it’s always a good thing to have when you’re playing a show.
Wednesday nights are country-themed on Brick Street and a fan favorite at the popular Uptown bar. Some people have even discovered their favorite artists while going to country night.
“I really like country music,” Kolenda said. “I feel like Morgan Wallen came here, and now I like Morgan Wallen.”
Some students like the atmosphere of country parties. There are far fewer people than on a Saturday evening.
Rodgers has two standout songs. He started with “Cold Beer Calling My Name,” which he sings with Luke Combs, and he finished with “Some Girls,” which has over 80 million streams on Sirius XM’s The Highway.
He also covered Chris Lane’s “I Don’t Know About You,” which he co-wrote, and one of his bandmates covered the country classic “Tennessee Whiskey.”
“The last time I played [at Brick Street], I wasn’t even close to having a hit as a country music singer,” Rodgers said. “I have a feeling it will be even more fun this time.”
Her favorite song to perform is “Missing One”, another single of hers that got airplay on country radio.
“He never got old for me,” Rodgers said. “We just look forward to playing it as a group every night. It rocks, the lyrics hit home and it’s been a fan favorite for a while. Hopefully more and more people will get to know him throughout the year as he climbs the charts.
Although he is touring with 27 stops across the country from February to August, Rodgers continues to write.
“I released a record in September and I’m going to try to release some more music this year,” he said. “I’ve written a ton, and I’m about to go in and record some new music in the next few months.”
And with that, Rodgers took to the stage in front of screaming fans, sharing all the energy and excitement with the crowd.