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Concert review: Dylan Scott brings energy, country charm to county fair

Although fans at the Freeborn County Fair on Thursday had to wait until the very last song to hear country artist Dylan Scott’s first country chart-topper, they made it clear the journey was worth the wait.

Nashville-based Scott traveled through the majority of his self-titled debut album, opening with “Hooked,” then moving into “Can’t Take Her Anywhere” — a song whose inspiriting sensation, he said, was the same feeling a man gets when he sees another man checking out his girlfriend at Walmart.

Scott took the stage with energy and immediately began interacting with the audience, pointing and singing to audience members, which carried on throughout the show.

Scott also played a new song for the crowd, promising fans an upcoming music release in September. It has been two years since his first album was released.

“It’s time to get some new music out,” Scott said.

“Anniversary,” Scott’s new song, was written about his wife. This is true of several of his songs, he said, because it is easy to write about her: He has been with her longer than he has been writing music.

Dylan Scott performed songs “Ballcap,” “Back,” Can’t Take Her Anywhere,” “Crazy Over Me,” “Beer Buddies” and “My Girl” as well as others and some covers during his Thursday night show. – Sarah Kocher/Albert Lea Tribune

Scott also told the story of dates with his wife as he transitioned into “Crazy Over Me.” Scott adjusted the lyrics to end the song on a personal note for concert-goers: “All you pretty Minnesota girls are crazy over me.”

After receiving audience permission to take it back in time, Scott also touched on country favorite “Fishing in the Dark,” recorded by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Before he played it, he asked the crowd to sing along as it if were a Friday. It did.

“Baby, get ready,” they sang.

“It’s very rare at a Thursday night show the crowd gets it right the first time,” Scott said afterward.

The country artist then touched on Tim McGraw’s “I Like It, I Love It,” David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” and George Strait’s “Check Yes or No.”

He spent more time on Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing At All.” There is no definition of country music, Scott said — “it just is what it is” — but if he had to say, he would say the definition is Keith Whitley.

“Don’t let the skinny britches fool you,” Scott said of his pants when professing his appreciation for old-school country.

Scott’s show also included his songs “Beer Buddies,” “My Town,” “Back,” “Passenger Seat” and crowd-pleaser “Ballcap.”

“Hey, we got one goal tonight,” Scott said early on. “Let’s just have a good time.”

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