Chris Young greets me with his warm grin and hazel eyes, and we both take a seat in his dressing room.
Prepped and ready to go I’ve got my reporter cap on, a list of a few questions to tackle in five minutes, and right when I think all is going well….my tongue gets tied.
“So….you’re going on tour with Dorks Bentley this year,” I accidentally stumble.
Witty and quick to chime in as usual, Chris Young calls me out on the spot.
“Dorks! You just called him Dorks. That’s it, I’m telling him,” he joked.
“See….that’s why I only drink after interviews,” I bantered back.
There’s a lot of things the entertainer knows how to do well, and breaking the ice and making you feel comfortable with his clever sense of humor is definitely one of them.
For two hours the singer joked and entertained several hundred fans on board the General Jackson as it cruised down the Cumberland River during his CMA Fest fan club party June 5th. With the Nashville skyline as the backdrop and the green landscape coasting by, Chris hit the stage sporting the casual country look all the gals love—ball cap, jeans, and boots. It’s no wonder he was voted Country Weekly’s hottest bachelor.
“My band thinks it’s hilarious because they see me running two miles outside the bus…all sweaty and waking up and they go, ‘ Didn’t you wear that shirt yesterday? How do you keep getting voted for stuff like this?'” he laughed. “I’m still single so it works very well in my favor.”
And, just take to social media and it’s clear his fans agree….
Chris and his band opened the set with his title track, “A.M.” and then slowed it down with his hit, “Getting You Home.” He made sure not to leave any of his fans hanging— belting out all of his big hits along the way including “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “Neon,” and his recent top 10 single “Who I Am With You.”
At one point a woman shouts from the audience, “Shake your booty!”
“It’s not the kind of cruise,” Chris joked.
The rockin’ party cruise ended in high gear when Chris announced The Doobie Brothers on stage as a special surprise. They combined forces to send the crowd home with an unexpected and unforgettable experience.
“To have as many hits as they do and the kind of heritage act as they are, and they’re willing to come out and play at my fan club party,” Chris said. “They’re such nice guys.”
As an added treat for fans, students from the Nashville School of the Arts opened up for Chris. Proceeds from the party will help upgrade the school’s auditorium.
Chris opens for Dierks–not Dorks–Bentley at Sleep Train Ampitheatre in Chula Vista July 27th. To buy tickets click here.
To catch more bits from my interview with Chris and his connection to San Diego follow me on twitter @countrynewsgal.