Billy Currington fans all know that “God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.” So what better place to sing that song than a county fair, out under the heavens with people having a good time?
Some 3,700 fans showed up Tuesday night under gloomy skies and endured light drizzle at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa to see the bearded, curly-haired 40-year old from Georgia play and sing his brand of country music, with lots of old-fashioned heart and a healthy taste of rock ’n’ roll.
Known for performing barefoot, Curringtown has scored nine solo No. 1 hits on the country charts in the past 10 years, and he played as many of those as he could Tuesday.
Billy Currington at Sonoma County Fair
Backed by a six-man band. Currington opened with the upbeat “I Got a Feeling,” followed by his moving lament, “Love Done Gone.”
He had the crowd on its feet, cheering and singing along for the tongue-in-cheek low-achiever’s anthem, “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer.”
Currington showed his romantic side with the soulful love song, “Let Me Down Easy” and sad but powerful “Don’t.”
Tuesday’s show peaked with his newest hit, the country rocker “We Are Tonight,” demonstrating that his career is still moving forward.
He paid tribute to other country singers, too.
His encores included the early Garth Brooks hit, “Friends in Low Places.”
Currington, who worked for a concrete company and as personal trainer before his musical career took off, comes across as regular guy in T-shirt and jeans, just havin’ a good time with his friends.