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Reba & The Band Perry Entertain Saturday Night At The Gwinnett Arena

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Country music superstar Reba McEntire performed for a large, enthusiastic crowd Saturday night at the Gwinnett Arena. The opening acts were The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Edens Edge.
>>> (From Wiki) Reba McEntire holds the record for the most Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist Awards (seven), and American Music Awards for Favorite Country Female Artist (twelve), and ties with Martina McBride for most Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Awards (four), though McEntire does have the distinction of winning the award 4 times consecutively. She also is one of only two women in country music history to have attained a number one hit in four different decades, and the only female to achieve solo number ones across four decades.
Reba Nell McEntire (born March 28, 1955) is an American country music artist and actress. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, and at rodeos. As a solo act, she was invited to perform at a rodeo in Oklahoma City, which caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall. He brought her to Nashville, where she eventually signed a contract with Mercury Records in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983. Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country (1984), which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: “How Blue” and “Somebody Should Leave”. The album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 26 studio albums, acquired 35 number one singles, and 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990’s Tremors. She has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and starred in her television sitcom, Reba (2001–2007) for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy. She has sometimes been referred to as “The Queen of Country”, having sold 41 million records in the United States and more than 56 million worldwide. In the United States, she ranks as both the seventh best-selling female artist in all genres and the seventh best-selling country artist, and the second best-selling female country artist of all time, behind Shania Twain.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the photo gallery from the show.  What did you think of the concert? What was your favorite of the four acts that played and why?

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 (Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta ConcertPhotography Galleries.)

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Lynn

November 13th, 2011
2:32 pm

I am from Albany, Ga. This was my 32nd time seeing Reba since 1989. The show was great but of course REBA stole the show. Reba is the ultimate entertainer. She is a veteran and knows how to play to the crowd. Reba was ON this night though. She hit every note and rocked the house and seemed to have a great time on stage. The woman never disappoints and I should know after that many times in concert. There is nothing she can’t do and no song she can’t sing. She is simply THE BEST and COUNTRY MUSIC ROYALTY! I never tire of seeing her. The newbies today could learn a lot from Queen Reba. I must say the crowd was awesome also. Since I am from out of town it was great how the arena had signs flashing with Reba’s name and the way to turn ….other venues could learn from that. Like I said the whole experience was wonderful. Love that redhead. Hope she comes back soon!!!!!!!!! P.S. a note to the CMAs…you missed out by not letting Reba perform on the awards show and so did the 16 million viewers that watched…just sayin!

ATLfan7

November 14th, 2011
9:06 am

WOW, what an AWESOME show!! Reba was great as always; the woman just knows how to make that stage (and the crowd) come to life. And I was glad she did some of her older songs too. The commenter above pretty much says it all. Was worth every penny to see Reba…and I’ll definitely do it again. :-)

The Band Perry has so much potential to be a great headliner act. They are high energy and I like the way they mixed songs from other genres of music into their act. Kimberly Perry’s duet with Reba was right on the money too…Reba should re-release that version of the song. I can’t wait to TBP’s next CD, should be as good as the first one. Way to go TBP…looking forward to seeing you again real soon! :-)

I liked Edens Edge, their harmony was outstanding. They looked like they were having so much fun and they got the crowd going. I will give their EP a listen on iTunes this week.

I didn’t care for Steel Magnolia. Meghan Linsey was screaming too much on some songs in an attempt to reach notes that are obviously out of her vocal range. This was the only part of the evening I didn’t enjoy. Their version of Patsy Cline’s ‘Walking After Midnight’ was good, but again, Ms. Linsey was trying too hard in some parts of the song.

Cheer Mom

November 14th, 2011
9:49 am

I have seen Reba several times over the years so I knew she would put on a good show but she was absolutely FANTASTIC Saturday night. She is a true STAR and she definitely gives a fan their money’s worth for the ticket.

I am a a HUGE Band Perry fan! They are a great act and it is obvious that they will be headlining their own show within this next year. Kimberly rocked the duet with Reba and I agree with ATLFAN
they need to re-release that duet and soon. I highly recommend that fans check out the Band Perry CD – it has nothing but great tunes.

It was an AWESOME night and am so glad I was able to attend!

Chuck

November 14th, 2011
11:27 am

I agree with all the positive comments about Reba’s part of the show, but I wouldn’t listen to The Band Perry again if you paid me. My wife feels the same way. Edens Edge was pretty good, Steel Magnolia only so-so.

And why do the audio engineers think the sound must always be cranked up to 11?

Kris

November 14th, 2011
11:51 am

This was my 9th time seeing Reba and the second time for my daughter, who just turned 8. We both thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Edens Edge was very good and it was cool to get to meet them after the show. Steel Magnolia was okay — a little too much ROCK and not enough COUNTRY for my tastes. The Band Perry was terrific. Looking forward to listening to them and Edens Edge for years to come. As for Reba, she NEVER disappoints!!! Can’t wait to see her again!

angela moore

November 14th, 2011
12:10 pm

I was blessed to go once again 5th time to see Reba.. this was a birthday gift and my daughter went with me.. we sang old songs and new Reba songs.. I always will think she is the top country female artist of all times.. I love her style and she really knows how to work a stage. I loved it!

Wes

November 16th, 2011
3:56 am

I enjoyed the whole show and thought it was a steal for the $. I bought my tickets the afternoon of the show at the box office. It was a decision we made at the last minute to go. It’s a decision I’m very HAPPY I made.

The show was stellar. Edens Edge has wonderful harmony. Steel Magnolia was pretty good for my tastes and I took a liking to TBP. I thought they were awesome. Of course we came too see Reba, so she was my favorite part of the night. I liked how she kept the show moving and kept us on our feet throughout the show. It is true today that people coming into the business could take a lesson from her (and others) on true showmanship. It was a great experience.