Country music newcomer Tyler Farr gave us a Country Thunder rewind and fast-forward during his hourlong show Sunday afternoon.
A couple songs in, Sunday night’s headliner Jason Aldean popped on stage dressed in shorts, a T-shirt and baseball cap and delivered his tour buddy a red Solo cup just as he was singing “Makes You Wanna Drink.”
Then he brought on Joe Diffie, who was on stage before Farr. The pair sang a song about sexy girls that they just wrote together, one that was so new that Diffie had to refer to a sheet of paper to recall the lyrics.
Finally, with a couple of songs left of his show, Farr brought on his longtime friend country rocker Colt Ford to fill in some rap rifts.
He may be new, but Farr has some serious juice. He’s been friends with Ford for years and has been on the road with Aldean for a big stretch of his last tour; he’s back on the road with Aldean in May through the fall.
Those were some big gun guest appearances, but frankly, Farr didn’t need them. He showed the Country Thunder audience that was starting to fill in the lawn for Aldean’s 9 p.m. show that he’s a pretty fine entertainer.
He has a platinum-selling debut single, “Redneck Crazy,” that kicked off his big-league career last year and a new single, “Whiskey In My Water,” that’s sprinting up the charts.
And he has live show that reminds you why you love country music. He’s down to earth country, from his faded jeans to his worn ball cap and Bocephus T-shirt. He sings about drinking — it’s a favorite subject except when he’s singing about feeling drunk when “I Ain’t Even Drinkin’” — and a sexy “Cowgirl” that steals his heart. He rocks out unapologetically with “Bet Your Ass” before going on all mushy and romantic on a painful heartbreaking ballad “Hello Goodbye.”
“Thank you all so much. My pain is your pleasure,” Farr joked at the end of the song.
Farr’s show was a preview of his appearance on Thursday at the Pima County Fair. In an interview on his bus Sunday afternoon, Farr said he was going to spend this week at a Tucson resort writing with some Nashville buddies leading up to his Thursday show.
Jason Aldean goes on stage at 9 p.m. Word is he also will have Colt Ford and Tyler Farr on stage with him. Diffie won’t be joining him for Aldean’s homage to the veteran country singer. Diffie’s bus pulled out of the Country Thunder grounds a few minutes after Farr’s show.