A quick recap this morning as I need to work quickly while I charge my devices.  Thanks to Friday’s rain my car battery is now dead and until I can get it boosted I don’t have many options.  Luckily they have a media centre setup and I was able to sneak in for a few minutes before it closed to charge my laptop and at least get some power to my devices before I get kicked out :-)

Day 2

The best way to describe day 2 is incredible.  I’ve now covered many festivals and each has their pros and cons but let me tell you it’s rare that a single festival can deliver a day of magic like Boots and Hearts did yesterday.

The Stellas

I started the day out with a somewhat local group for Boots and Hearts, the Stellas (out of Whitby, Ontario).  I had them on my must see list early and it didn’t take me long to figure out why.  This couple performed with energy, passion and a heck of a lot of fun.  I supposed if you can stand performing together for over 16 years you must be doing something right.

Checkout this amazing cover of The Who’s classic “Baba O’Riley…

Jordan McIntosh

After the Stella’s I made my way over to the Boots and Hearts Front Porch stage to catch Jordan McIntosh’s audition performance.  Let me tell you Jordan may come across as a kid at first but once he takes the mic he controls the crowd.  I’ve seen experienced artists struggle with this aspect so seeing an artist that does it so naturally makes me believe he’s got a long career ahead of him.  Unfortunately Jordan wasn’t selected to open for Dierks Bentley tonight, one of the judges must’ve had earplugs on because out of the acts that I saw perform he was one of the best, and I’m not biased.  You will be hearing and seeing more from Jordan McIntosh, I can guarantee it.

Surprise it’s Jim and Greg

As we made our way back to camp to recharge, devices and ourselves we stopped to listen to the end of Kira Isabella’s set also knowing that there was a “surprise” planned for immediately following their performance.  For those of you who were here last year you will recall that Dean Brody was wheeled out on an 18 wheeler to give a surprise performance to the crowd.

Well this year the surprise guests were Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo.  The duo performed a few of the bands many hits to the delight of those who were along side of the road.  Could this be foreshadowing, like last year, that Blue Rodeo could be on the bill next year?  We’ll see.  Perhaps it’s just because Jim and Greg were already here to support Jim’s son Devin who performs today at 4:15pm on the Front Porch stage.  I guess time will tell.

Joe Diffie

After a short break I headed down to catch Joe Diffie on the Boots and Hearts main stage.  As I mentioned yesterday I’ve been a fan of Joe Diffie since I started listening to country music so this was a real treat.  Joe performed all of his monster hits as well as a more recent hit from another artist that performed on Friday, Jason Aldean.  Of course that hit was “1994″, although Joe didn’t perform the entire song he performed the chorus twice.

That song was one of the best things to happen to Joe Diffie as it re-energised a career and introduced Joe’s music to a whole new group of fans.

The Band Perry

The Band Perry
The Band Perry

After 2 years of waiting the moment had finally arrived and I’d get my chance to see The Band Perry, likely the highlight of my 2013 Boots and Hearts experience.  All I can say is wow.  They were “Done.” after the first song…not really but it was the first song they performed.  For the next hour TBP continued to crank out the hits as the trio bounced from one side of the stage to the other, without losing a breath or missing a note…take that BSBNKOTB.  This was likely one of the best shows I’ve seen in a long time.  The Dixie Chicks and Zac Brown Band were great at Bluesfest but I think the high octane and emotionally charged performance by The Band Perry is going to be tough to follow-up…at least in the near future.  I’m already looking forward to next time.  I’m almost glad that I waited two years to see them because had they performed at the Hoedown last summer “Pioneer” wouldn’t have been released yet.  In my opinion some of the band’s best songs are on that cd but as Kimberly said the best is yet to come…for all of us!!

Rascal Flatts

Hard to believe it’s already been two years since my debut as a festivals blogger, even though this year was really the key year that things started to take off for me with Sound Check Entertainment.  Of course in my debut summer I covered the boys of Rascal Flatts at the Capital Hoedown in Ottawa.  Since I heard they were in the 2013 lineup for Boots and Hearts they were on my list of acts to see again, along with Sunday’s headliner Miranda Lambert.

A massive crowd had gathered by the time Jay, Jon and Gary took to the stage.  For the next 90 minutes Rascal Flatts set the pace, rolling through hit after hit getting the crowd more and more pumped up with every song it should be expected from these boys.  I recall two years ago they did the same thing in Ottawa.  What a treat, if you’ve never seen Rascal Flatts live add it to your bucket list, you won’t regret it.  From their monster pop-like hits like their cover of Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway” to their spine-tingling ballads like “God Bless the Broken Road” and “I Won’t Let Go” they offer something for everyone and I can guarantee, unless your heart is made out of ice that at least one of their songs will put a lump in your throat.

That was the night, and what an amazing night it was.  Be sure to follow Sound Check Entertainment on social media for more updates throughout the weekend!  More from Boots and Hearts tomorrow!