Late last week, Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill in Woodbridge, VA was congested with rowdy country music fans awaiting the arrival of Chris Cagle. The lines were long and getting a drink was damn near impossible. However, the moment Cagle took stage the wait seemed to be well worth it.
Cagle immediately made a few fat boy jokes considering he has gained a few pounds recently. He started with one of his older singles, “My Love Goes On & On” and he owned it to the very end. The energy on stage was incredible and even his band were fired up. The cowboy hat is really a good look for Cagle and I’m pleased he has kept it throughout the years. His set was full of some older singles such as “Laredo” and his only #1 single “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out.” Cagle really has a natural ability to perform. He is real, and what you see is what you get.
“He don’t want none of you, buddy.”
There were a couple interesting events that took place during his set, including him breaking up a fight. “We’re not gonna fight in here tonight!,” he said from his microphone as he pointed out the two men up front who were apparently in an altercation. He then made light of the situation by saying, “He don’t want none of you, buddy.”
As the bar was filled with laughter, he then went into a story about his life back home in Oklahoma. Cagle explained how he lives in a double wide trailer with his wife and children. He also talked about how they raise all their food on their farm and they do the work themselves. “We don’t hire people to work for us,” he recalls. “We get our asses up and we do it ourselves.”
Towards the end of his set, he performed a few of his newer songs including “Got My Country On” and “Let Their Be Cowgirls.” His energy level never decreased and he performed every song with passion. His vocals were almost perfect and it came so effortless. Chris Cagle is one hell of a performer.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.