Josh Thompson Keeps It “Down Home” In Langford
The Langford Down-Home Country Weekend is one of my favorite weekends of the summer. I have been attending and helping out with the event for almost as long as I have been here at WYRK, and this past weekend was another reminder of why I look forward to it.
Sure, it rained pretty hard at the beginning of the evening. However, that didn’t wash out our good time. Once the stage was mopped clean, 90 West returned to the stage and put on one heck of a performance leading up to Josh Thompson, who was followed by JB Aaron to round out a night of great entertainment.
The Langford-New Oregon firefighters work hard all year to find the right act to bring to town for what is annually their biggest fundraiser. When I heard that Josh Thompson was the headlining act this year, I knew it would be a perfect fit. Josh is one of those acts that is cut from the same cloth as his fans. From the moment he walked on stage ’til the end, he was not only playing for his fans, but it felt as if he wanted us to know that we are also his friends.
On a night that had so many other events taking place around Western New York, the turnout was great. It has become one of the must-do events of the summer, especially in that neck of the woods. The fans that show up to the Langford Jamboree are nothing short of pure, hard-working and hardcore country-loving fans. These are good, wholesome Americans that know how to balance the “work hard / play hard” motto, and Josh Thompson is exactly the kind of act you would expect to see as the life of their party.
His album ‘Turn It Up’ is available now, and Thompson and his band were spot-on with songs like “Wanted Me Gone” and “Cold Beer With Your Name On It.” The crowd danced and sang along with every word and really came to life with his hit “Way Out Here,” which is basically the anthem for those that attended the concert on Saturday.
He mixed in a few covers from Travis Tritt and Merle Haggard, and it was clear that he and his crew were having as much fun performing for us as we had watching.
The fun continued on Sunday with the truck and tractor pull that drew a great crowd and is always the perfect way to spend the afternoon and wrap up the weekend. Even though we had some rain on Saturday (OK…heavy rain) to start the show, The Langford Down-Home Country Weekend was another success and lived up to the expectations I had for it again this year!