Last night I attended the Martina McBride Concert at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset, MA, with my friend Edith. It was without doubt one of the best concerts that I have ever attended. The show opened with a thirty minute set by one of her back up singers, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and after a thirty minute intermission, Martina took the stage. She then proceeded to sing for a full, powerful ninety minutes. What a glorious, soaring voice she has! She sang all of her hits and a few by other artists. Her rendition of "At Last" was breathtakingly beautiful. Another highlight was an audience sing along of the Roger Miller classic "Trailers for Sale or Rent." She was absolutely lovely with the audience, posing for a photo with a gentleman who said this was the twenty-fifth time he had seen her in concert and leading the audience in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" for another audience member. Later in the show, she brought on stage a young woman named Becky who had been holding up a sign throughout the concert asking if she could sing with Martina. The young woman appeared totally at ease being on stage and had a really good voice. I'm sure it was a moment that she will never forget.
Martina spoke of how much she had enjoyed performing at the Music Circus last year, and how it had prompted her to have her people book her in similar, more intimate venues for this year's concert tour. While she usually plays in huge arena, she said it was wonderful being able to look out and see all the faces in the audience.
This was the last concert of the season for which I had tickets. In July, I had attended the Willie Nelson concert. How lucky we are on the South Shore to be able to see such superstars in our own backyard.