Chattanooga’s Live Music Scene – The Communicators Go Country

Monday, August 4, 2014 - by Bob Payne
The Boats Came Out To Riverfront Nights
The Boats Came Out To Riverfront Nights
- photo by Amy Morrow

You know that great feeling you get when you get into a limo with a lady you barely know and she tells you to ask the driver to put up the privacy partition? Me neither. But I bet it would be fun…just like Riverfront Nights was fun last Saturday night. Well, not just like it, but fun nonetheless. 

Imagine Waylon Jennings singing a rap song. Or, Freddie Mercury doing a Country song. Kind of hard to fathom, eh? Well, sometimes you have to get outside your box and do something different and that is just what The Communicators managed to pull off Saturday night at Riverfront Nights.

Playing a set of 90’s Country hits, the usually raucous & rollus band played to the cowboy boots and cowboy hats crowd on the riverfront and did it very well. No, it didn’t hurt that they had Davey Smith, 2013 Country Artist of the Year singing with them. Or, songbirds Amber Fults and Bexy Ribeiro to sing with them. Or Dennis Brown’s wicked Telecaster to add that perfect twang. The fact is, this multi-talented band pulled out the stops for this evening and did a magnificent job. 

The Communicators have done several different “90’s shows”. This was their first all-country performance. Even TJ Greever dressed the part and sang a Country song. And no, he wasn’t in a green tutu. He was dressed in traditional Country garb, complete with the hat that looked like it was fresh off the set of Hee-Haw.

Personally, I would like to see more of this and I hope The Communicators started a trend. It would be cool to have a night of “outside the box” entertainment, say at Rhythm & Brews, featuring entertainers playing different genres than their usual fare. Talent is talent is talent. Bands like The Communicators that are loaded with good talent can pull it off because they have the “main ingredient” – the ability to play. Let’s do it! 

Bob Payne grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from Baylor School. He is the Entertainment Editor for the Chattanoogan.com and talent buyer for Friends Of The Festival.

Email Bob Payne at davrik2000@yahoo.com or catch him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/davrik2000.

Bob Payne's Dog Could Go To Riverfront NIghts
Bob Payne's Dog Could Go To Riverfront NIghts
- Photo2 by Bob Payne

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