It was a good ol' Ameican country fest last Thursday at Universal CityWalk's 5 Towers stage featuring American Young and Jana Kramer.
5 Towers is one of the largest free outdoor venue in the country which hosts today's top musical acts in the industry that, in the past, included Jason DeRulo, CeeLo Green, John Legend, Justin Beiber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ludacris and Wiz Khalifa.
On Thursday, emerging country duo American Young kicked-off the show. Consisting of country music veterans Kristy Osmunson and Jon Stone, American Young has written songs for Rascal Flatts (Me & My Gang), Blake Shelton (Kiss My Country Ass), Kenny Chesney (Seven Days) and Lee Brice (Woman Like You.) Now, the veteran duo looks to take center stage with their recently released EP which includes their hit single "Love Is War."
Recently, Kristy and Jon performed "Love Is War" on ABC's "Bachelorette" last month during one-on-one dates in Belgium.
Later that night, country-rocker Jana Kramer proves that she doesn't just command the silver screen, she's also a talented singer/songwriter who also commands the stage. Already with a successful debut album which spawned hits "Why Ya Wanna," "Whisky" and "I Won't Give Up" Kramer is set to release her follow-up record this fall. Her new single "Love," expected to be on the new album is currently rising up Billboard's Country charts.
Her set included songs from her 2012 self-titled, debut album, showcasing her country-rock tunes which included her hits "Why Ya Wanna," "Whiskey," "I Won't Give Up," and "I Hope It Rains." She even surprised the fans with an inspiring rendition of Alanis Morisette's "Ironic."
The actress turned singer has appeared on CW's "One Tree Hill," and "90210," HBO's "Entourage" and "Click" starring Adam Sander to name a few. Jana is currenlty on tour with stops in Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New England next month.
Via The Shotgun Seat:
We quite enjoyed American Young’s debut single “Love is War.” It had a rootsy feel to it in the vein of something from The Civil Wars discography (in case you didn’t know, that’s a compliment. We love The Civil Wars) and both Jon Stone and Kristy Thomas proved themselves to be strong vocalists. As good as their debut was, their follow up, “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight” (co-written by a another one of our favorites – Lee Brice), is even better. Better by quite a bit we may add.
Thematically it centers around a narrator seeing his ex at an outing, and he starts drinking to get her out of his mind when he went there to have a good time. It’s a strong lyric with a strong hook to build around. The production, which is equal parts traditional and modern creates a build up of suspense throughout the song, which is fitting considering the theme of the tune. The melody is equally effective in terms of conveyed emotion. But what really strikes us about the song is the performance from Jon. You can feel his pain, especially when he lets it go in the chorus, and Kristy does an equally fine job backing it up. The overall flow of the song may not be perfect, but we’ll gladly give that up if we get a performance as good and as emotional as we get here.
We’re really impressed with American Young’s work so far. They’re now 2-for-2 as far as singles go and obviously have serious talent. There are doubts that radio will ever fully embrace them, mainly due to the fact that they’re signed to Curb “we can’t buy a hit from anyone outside of Lee Brice” Records but personally, we’re impressed, and “Wasn’t Gonna Drink Tonight” is most certainly a contender for year end list.