|Rhett Akins – by Jessica Bray
For the third consecutive year, Frankfort’s Froggy 104.9 FM radio station provided quality music entertainment to fans with their Froggy Field Party. This year’s event was held at the Kentucky Renaissance Festival grounds in Eminence, Kentucky. It was the perfect day of music and fun for the entire family.
Two stages featured over 9 hours of music from local and national acts. On the local stage, music fans were entertained by Joey Clark, Allen Lane, and the Robby Cox Band. On the main stage, fans were treated by the music of Relic, Cloigheann, Six Miles South, The Roys, Chris Janson, and Rhett Akins.
Relic and Cloigheann showcased their own style of bluegrass music. Both blended the sounds of bluegrass and classic country to make a unique organic sound to their sets. One of the highlights was hearing George Jones classic hit, “Bartender’s Blues” sung in the style of bluegrass with also an accompaniment of the flute.
The brother sister duo, The Roys, played over an hour long set filled with their own hit songs such as “Coal Mining Man” and “My Kind of Beautiful.” Elaine Roy shined with her vocal abilities on covering “Those Memories.”
Six Miles South got the crowd dancing with their mix of originals and cover tunes. In their second year at the Field Party, they have grown as musicians with their stage show. Lead singer Jamie Tingle sang straight from the heart and made sure everyone in the crowd had a good time.
Chris Janson is no stranger to bringing the honky tonk to the forefront. Having played the world’s most famous honky tonk, Tootsie’s, Janson knew how to get the crowd in a party mode. Audience members brought their own form of entertainment with several joining in to buckdance on stage with Chris during “Til A Woman Comes Along.” His energetic set had fans begging for more. He gave it his all while singing his own songs like “Take It to The Bank” to covering one of the coolest renditions of “Folsom Prison Blues,” complete with jamming with the harmonica.
Headliner Rhett Akins showcased his songwriting abilities by taking fans on a trip down memory lane. From “That Ain’t My Truck” to “Down South” that are on his albums to “Bait a Hook” that Justin Moore has released, Akins brought along the party songs. One of the real treats was getting to hear Rhett sing “Honey Bee,” which Blake Shelton recently took to number one on the Billboard Country Single Charts. The song is also nominated for CMA Single of the Year and Video of the Year.
Country music with honesty filled the Saturday night air in the small town of Eminence, Kentucky. Country boys and country girls showed the performers they were there for a good time and that is definitely what they received.
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website with over 20 years experience in music journalism, concert planning, photography, and promotion. Jessica is a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the 2019 Leadership Kentucky BRIGHT Class and a recipient of the Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award. Listen to her each week on WFKY on Friday mornings for the Nashville News Roundup.