To quote my lovely wife “If Rocklahoma was a competition, Yelawolf won the whole damn thing.” Now that is coming from a person who only really listens to him when I make her. I was so proud hearing that. I ditched out on seeing Stone Temple Pilots to get first row at the River Casino stage. So worth it. When Yelawolf hit the stage the crowd went wild. He was dressed in his Slumerican shirt, vest and skinny jeans. Odd jean choice but my wife liked it.
Now I know some of the people in the crowd wanted to hear him perform some oldies like Daddy’s Lambo and Let’s Roll, but he stuck mostly to tracks from Love Story, Trunk Muzik Returns, and his new Trial By Fire. He did however do a sing along of ‘Pop The Trunk’. At one point he cracked a beer, and offered it to a guy in the crowd who more or less caught it. Not 30 seconds later Yelawolf grabs thw micstand off the stage tosses it into the crowd. The whole place goes wild and I was later told two guys fought over the stand for 4 songs till staff took it back. Now if you haven’t heard, Yelawolf hired a whole band worth of musicians to tour with him. It gives his music this crazy full and heavy sound. He even hired a fiddler. I know he is currently looking for a name to call them. I can’t explain how heavy his music sounded and the joy I felt at the climax of such a long wait to finally see one of my favorite artist. As a side note, Slumericam shirts were finally in stock at the merch booth and they were selling like hot cakes. I had to rush and get one soon as I saw them. Finally I got mine. To close out his set, Yelawolf performed ‘Punk’. The original track features Travis Barker on drums and Juicy J. On stage his new drummer knocked it put of the park. If you wanna have a great experience, stage dive, crowd surf, have a pit, or just jam go check out a Yelawolf show. We will see him again soon at the River City Rockfest Sept. 22nd.
– Joshua Wheeler