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Night on the Country with Chris Cagle

Cagle shows he’s ‘Country by the Grace of God’


Published (Volume 76, No. 3)


Chicks dig him … and it’s easy to see why. Chris Cagle is one of the hottest country stars out today, and after seeing his live show, it’s not hard to see why.

During his show on Wednesday night, Cagle wasn’t afraid to get loud or crazy. 

He came out to a mix of songs including Kid Rock’s “Cowboy” and the Steve Miller Band’s “Spacecowboy” plus several others.

Then Cagle jumped into several of his own songs. He opened with “The Love Between a Woman and a Man,” then came the title track from his first album, Play It Loud.

Cagle played several songs off his first album. These were the previously mentioned “Play It Loud,” “Laredo,” “I Breathe In, I Breathe Out,” “Country by the Grace of God,”  and “The Love Between a Woman and a Man.” 

Songs off of his second album, Chris Cagle, that were performed included “Chicks Dig It,” “Night on the Country,” “I Love It When She Does That,” and several others.

In the middle of the show, Cagle took some time to show love to Dale Earnhardt with his own rendition of Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away.” He ended the song with, “Rest in Peace, my brotha!”
When he broke into his hit song, “Chicks Dig It,” Cagle told the audience that this song was written for all of the stud redneck cowboys here in Tennessee.

He continued his set with his hit song, “Country by the Grace of God.” He also encouraged the audience to do whatever it takes to make their dreams come true. He spoke of how he left Texas to chase his dream of being a country star without his father’s blessing. Although it was hard for him, he said that it was worth it. This semi-afterschool special moment was before he came back for an encore that included several more songs.

Cagle is a native of Baytown, Texas, which is described “a rugged knot of shoreline just outside Houston” on his website, www.chriscagle.com. On the site, Cagle is described as “a blue collar, working class country singer who’s not afraid to sweat or get loud.”

The concert, which was part of the Soybean Festival, was opened by the West Tennessee Idol, Steven Whitson, and Craig Morgan.

Along with his keyboard player, fiddle player, guitarist, and bassist, Chris Cagle gave Martin a great show. And whether it’s merely luck or actually the grace of God, Cagle proved he’s country.