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Concert Review: Jimmy Wayne, 10/3 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA

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At most concerts, the opening act generally doesn’t get much attention. People are usually getting food, socializing or heading to the bathroom — all while waiting for the main attraction.

However, while most opening acts don't receive much attention, Jimmy Wayne did.

On October 3, Jimmy Wayne — along with Dierks Bentley, who also rocked — opened for Brad Paisley (another great performer, so great I've now seen him 3 times) at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, California. Sponsored by the local radio station, Go Country 105, the event drew 15,000 people despite the failing economy — and I was one of them.

I drove 67 miles each way — causing me to spend a ton of gas money on my poor Mustang — but it was worth it, especially because of Jimmy Wayne.

Jimmy Wayne is an amazing singer, and he also plays guitar. His specialty is country, but the songs he sang live sounded somewhat like rock. Plus, he was surrounded by a great band.

Jimmy performed such favorites as “Stay Gone,” “Do You Believe Me Now?” and his newest hit “Sara Smile.” He also played my favorite, “Kerosene Kid.” Punchy and powerful, it’s a great song. The only problem was the number of songs he played — not enough. Sure, he was the opening act and was only given so much time, but I really wish he'd played “Brighter Days,” among others.

Needless to say, I love Jimmy Wayne. He’s energetic, entertaining and, on this night, he won everyone over with his talent, impressing and captivating the audience. He even interacted with people up front in the pit, who went crazy when he touched their hands.

I actually had the chance to interview Jimmy last December for Blogcritics. Humble and soft spoken, he didn’t BS me or brag like a lot of celebrities tend to do for attention. Although we probably only talked for 15 minutes, he seemed like a sweet and a stand-up kind of guy. He grew up in a foster home and taught himself guitar. He’s really an amazing inspiration to all the kids considered “lost causes.”

Missed the concert? Never fear, the American Saturday Night tour is not over. Check here to see if he’s coming near you. His newest album comes out November 24th.

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  • jimmy Wayne

    Thank you for the very nice words. Myself and the band had a great time in Irvine CA. No doubt, Cali knows how to do it right!!! Can’t wait to visit again soon!!

    -Jimmy Wayne

  • jimmy Wayne

    Thank you for the very nice words. Myself and the band had a great time in Irvine CA. No doubt, Cali knows how to do it right!!! Can’t wait to visit again soon!!

    -Jimmy Wayne

  • Sharon Lucasi

    Thank You for writing such an excellent Blog on Jimmy’s performance!! He is Wowing the Audiences every where he is Touring!! So Happy for him to have this opportunity to Tour with Dierks Bently and Brad Paisely! Your right, he is not on long enough to hear all of his songs but he does get to do his own shows and you don’t want to miss them!!

  • MATI

    VERY TALENTED, VERY HUMBLE, WITH WITH A GIVING HEART, WOW!

  • tiffani bassler

    oh my god i whent to the 2009 go fess and i am only 13 i was the one Jimmy Wayne gave his hillbilly hat too and that was awsome im looking at it now if you would like to see piks look me up on myspace thanks
    lovelovelove
    -T-

  • tiffani bassler

    oh yah he put his sig on it.It sais “irvine rocked thamx jimmy wayne and i snuk i9n to the front and he handed it to me and every one else got picks it was cool :)
    lovelovelove
    -T-