There are fewer and fewer artists these days who are as down to earth as Chris Cagle. While this may not seem like a quality you would look for in someone at a loud, rocking concert, it is good to know that there are still some artists who actually care about what they do instead of the fame or fortune. This is exactly what the fans got at Wild Bill’s last Saturday night.
Working on his first album in almost four years, what he calls a “snap shot of my life right now,” Cagel is eager to get back into full musical swing. Having to compete with artists half his age, he certainly has his work cut out for him.
“If I’m willing to work, I can do this thing again,” he tells MNN.
The music business has changed so much over the last twenty years and many artists have fallen by the wayside. The complexities of the industry are enough to drive anyone crazy. A simple approach to life has allowed Cagle to be happy just being himself and letting his music speak for him.
“I love my music, I love my horses, I love my ranch, I love to cook, I love my cold beer, I love to gamble on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday;s are for football; that’s it. I’m a happy camper living life that way.”
Clearly no stranger to hard work, Cagle is sure to start climbing the charts with new material like “Got My Country On”, a song that evokes sounds reminiscent of Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers but is still 100% Chris.
“It’s the second round, and I get to do it my way.”
In performance, Cagle is very exciting to watch on stage. Very active with his band and the audience, he connects in a way that makes you feel like you are the only person in attendance. Making a show that personal is what creates true fans, and the house was packed with them at Wild Bill’s, the country’s largest dance club and music venue.
“I’ve always been passionate about what I do,” Cagle says, and this was made obvious during his performance.
After having vocal surgery last year, Cagle is showing exceptional personal strength by getting back on stage and putting on a rocking show. Singing as hard as he does, it’s very difficult to perform at that level on a daily basis even for someone without having had any vocal problems, but despite his surgery and past problems, he remains excited and confident about the rest of his tour.
“This will be my fifth show this week, I got another one tomorrow, and we’re going to blow it out tonight.”
Many touring acts perform shows that are set in stone. Every performance is identical from one city to the next. Cagle’s show, however, is one that – while polished and professional – doesn’t have the sterile feel of an over-produced concert. The show breathes and changes direction depending on the moment. A very dynamic band leader, Cagle resembles a conductor at times, leading his band up, down, and from side to side across the stage. This allows the audience to hear a side of the music impossible to experience on a record.
Chris Cagle is a man whose priorities in life are in excellent order, keeping family above his career.
“Fifty years down the road, I want my daughters to say ‘I watched my father love a woman, and I know love because of it’.”
Passion, talent, style and a great attitude are things that an artist must have to be successful. Cagle is a shining example of these traits and is about to blow the doors off of Nashville as well as the rest of the country with round two.
By - Spencer Bobo
Music News Nashville