Country music star Eric Paslay honored the nation’s veterans Saturday during a special “Salute to Heroes” concert at the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville.
Before the Texas native took the stage, Chris Lane, Brothers Osborne and Parmalee opened up the show to give the audience a real down-home feeling. Paslay began his set with his hit single, “Song About A Girl.” Throughout the night, he played fan favorites such as “She Don’t Love You,” “Never Really Wanted,” and his new single, “High Class.”
He paid the audience special attention.
“I moved up to Nashville, started writing songs and pursuing this crazy dream,” Paslay said before he launched into “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”
“Thank y’all for letting us live our dreams every night up here,” he continued earnestly. “And I hope every morning you wake up and you have something to reach for, you know. Maybe you’ve got your dream and she’s lying there with you. But it’s good to have a dream that’s worth reaching for, and thank you for letting us have our music and the road to do that on. I hope you never forget how to dream. This is for all the dreamers!”
Aside from creating his own hits, Paslay has also collaborated on songs with other country stars, including Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” Love and Theft’s “Angel Eyes” plus others for Lady Antebellum and the Eli Young Band.
Paslay also thanked those fans who turned out to see Rascal Flatts at the same venue the previous week despite the pouring rain. Then he sang an acoustic version of a tune that he co-wrote with Rascal Flatts called “Rewind.” Everyone in the audience sang along.
The country crooner dutifully left the crowd wanting more–perhaps hoping he’d rewind the concert so they could enjoy it all from the beginning–but he concluded with his most well-known song: his breakout hit, “Friday Night.”
Paslay will be playing a few more venues in New England before he heads back down south, with tour dates lasting through December.
For those on hand in Suffolk, it was a Saturday night to savor one of country’s best, Eric Paslay.