Kane Brown’s country music career was just beginning to explode when he first came to Roanoke. A Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon gig in August 2016 had to be moved outside to Campbell Avenue due to ticket demand. The “X Factor” TV music contest escapee had a hit at the time with “Used to Love You Sober.” But he felt that his first full-length album was going to do even better, he said in an interview before the show.


“We feel like we’re working harder now than we were before,” Sarah McCombie said. “But we’re working towards something more exciting and life-giving to us. We’re constantly talking about how grateful we are that we get to do this and that we’re able to take advantage of this season to make it happen.”

Twenty-four year-old Aretha Franklin took Otis Redding's "Respect" and made that song her own. She demanded respect. “All I’m asking,” she shouted, but make no mistake — Aretha was not pleading. She was telling. Her version was all independence, no reliance. And she didn’t sound like a woman who would take no for an answer.