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Getting a little closer

Getting a little closer

What a way to start KJUG’s Free Summer Concert Series, the temperature was hot but it got much hotter once country sensation Brett Eldredge hit the Budweiser stage at Exeter City Park in the first of four free summer concerts brought to you by KJUG.

Eldredge showed some love to California and Exeter as he enters the stage to “California Love” a song that was made popular by Dr. Dre and 2Pac back in 1995.

“We have been out in California for about a week and a half now,” said Eldredge. “It’s beautiful, I love California, the people are great and I love the hot weather.”

Eldgredge who is releasing his first album ever in August played many songs from that album like “Raymond” which is the first song he wrote back in 2010. “Raymond” is a special and meaningful song for Eldredge, who has seen, firsthand, the effects that Alzheimer’s has on the human mind. Eldredge watched his grandmother struggle with the epidemic.

“That song is inspired by my grandmother who we lost over a year ago,” said Eldredge. “I had to watch her suffer for probably over eight years. It was tough to see her forget people in the family.”

Eldredge says he still gets emotional while singing “Raymond” on stage and even when he talks to fans after concerts about how that one song has impacted their lives in one way or another.

”It’s an epidemic pretty much now, and becoming more and more into the light. I want to be able to bring enough awareness to it and any way we can beat this disease I would love to do it,” said Eldredge.

Eldredge is not a big fan of Alzheimer but what he is a big fan of some of the great singers of yesteryear. Singers like Ray Charles and ol blue eyes Frank Sinatra. After Eldredge performed his song “Raymond” he followed that up with “Georgia on My Mind” which was written by Hoagy Carmichael but was made famous by Ray Charles back in 1960. Brett is just in love with the way music use to be back in 50’s and 60’s and he admits his all time favorite is Frank Sinatra. When asked if Eldredge had just ten minutes alone with Sinatra what would he ask him.

“Do you feel as cool as you are,” said Eldredge as he laughed. “I just thought he was so cool and all the people he hung around with. It was just a cool era and we will never have an era like that again.”

As Eldredge’s concert grew closer to a close you could tell the female fans would have loved to spend just ten minutes alone with him as a large group of female fans crowded the stage to hear his biggest hit “Don’t Ya”.

Listeners of KJUG really fell in love with Eldredge and his hit single “Don’t Ya” several months ago as KJUG continues to stream up and coming artists that the fans would like to hear.

“It’s like wow,” said Eldredge of the support that KJUG has given to him. “There are so many different songs and artists out there and KJUG has been good to me. And when someone gets behind you and supports you like they do it just makes every time getting up on that stage so worth it.”

From the fans that came out to Exeter City Park said it was worth it to stand in that heat to hear Eldredge live in concert.

“I love it, it is my favorite one ever, I hear Brett all the time on 106.7 KJUG country,” said Nicole Herron of Visalia when asked about how she is enjoying the concert.

Herron who is a student at El Diamante High School in Visalia came out to the concert with her friends and Herron says she comes to all the Free Summer Concerts at Exeter City Park. But there were a few first times in the crowed that night. One of the first timers was Shaughnessy Garcia of Tulare.

“Oh my God he was amazing. He was so good,” said Garcia. “I can’t even describe it, it was so much fun tonight.”

It seemed like everyone was having fun including residents who live on E St. just behind the Budweiser stage. Bill Davis and his family had chairs and a canopy set up in their front yards and enjoyed the comforts of their own home as they listen to Brett.

“It is nicer because it is not so loud because you are not in front of the speakers. So you can listen to all the songs, talk with your friends and enjoy some food,” said Davis.

Up next for Davis and fans of KJUG is LoCash Cowboys on Wednesday, July 10 starting at 7 p.m. LoCash Cowboys will be the second act in KJUG’s Free Summer Concert Series. Tune in to 106.7 everyday to hear songs from LoCash Cowboys.

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