Country music giant Aaron Pritchett, hailing from Terrace, B.C., performed to an enthusiastic crowd on Wednesday Sept. 25 at Cactus Jacks Nightclub. One More Girl, a sister duo out of Vancouver, B.C., opened the show with energy and heart.
Pritchett began his set with his popular song “Let’s Get Rowdy,” to which the audience immediately obeyed. The concert felt more like a backwoods tailgate than a formal event, which suited Pritchett’s musical style.
The performance was rife with audience interaction, giving it an intimate vibe. Pritchett received several roses, two bras, and an inexplicable sock. As with most live music events today, cell phones were a constant presence. Pritchett himself grabbed numerous phones from eager fans in the front row and took a few selfies mid-performance.
The audience was female-dominated and had a wider age range than CJs’ usual barely-legal crowd, as evidenced by the dominant drink choices: beer and wine.
Pritchett saved the best for last, coming back for an encore after the audience started chanting “Hold My Beer.” He mashed his hit song with crowd favourites like Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ‘69” and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and went out with a bang.
Concert Q&A with Aaron Pritchett
Q: How did you get started singing?
A: At karaoke. Believe it or not, the very first night I sang in public was at karaoke in 1991 and I was scared like you wouldn’t believe. The guy that was running the karaoke that night said, “Do you want to work for me? You’re a really good singer.”
I didn’t think I could sing. I was shaking so much I don’t think I remembered much of singing that actual first song. So after that, the guy had me working for him for about six months.
Then I started my own company, and I was singing every song you could imagine, not just country, everything and anything. Frank Sinatra to Led Zeppelin… everything. That really helped me create a voice for myself, and started me heading in the right direction.
Q: You’ve had the opportunity to tour with some huge names in country. How has working with other artists influenced your own style?
A: Well, I think their influence more came from when I was playing in the clubs. I played in the clubs in Vancouver for almost ten years before anything happened with recording. Their influence on me was early because I played a lot of Keith Urban. I played a lot of Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, a lot of those guys. So when the time came that I was added to a concert tour of theirs, it was an absolute thrill.
Recently I got to open for my hero, Tim McGraw, in Duncan on Vancouver Island for a big outdoor festival, so that was pretty awesome. Those guys had a huge influence on my career, and creating a sound. It derives from all different areas and especially from those guys back in the day, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, and I got to tour with them so that was pretty cool.
Q: Do you have any projects on the go right now?
A: Yeah, recording right now, I’m in the studio currently, on and off. The process has changed a lot from being in the studio one day and recording four or five songs in that day and then doing all the vocals and stuff later. But for the most part, the bones of it are done that one day.
Now, you can get a guy remotely playing drums from Nashville. I can send him a track and a beat and how I want it played and he puts together a drum track. It’s not as long a process as it [once] was.
I’m currently in the studio now working on new material so there should be something new for spring.
Q: Do have any advice for someone who’s trying to make it in the business?
A: Yeah, don’t do it! [laughs] Just kidding. If you have a vision and you stick to that vision, make a plan of what you want to see your career do and where you want it to go and be tenacious. Don’t ever give up, no matter what people say or what people try to do to you to make your career that much tougher, don’t give up. If you really believe in yourself and believe in what you have as a talent with people supporting you, go for it.
Q: Do you have anything you’d like to say to your fans?
A: I honestly believe that without the fans, there is no industry. We don’t have a movie industry, we don’t have a music industry, we don’t have an entertainment industry, period. It is because people do come out to shows and support us artists and the arts itself that without them we’re nothing.
We’re just people playing music and sitting around a campfire. I honestly, with everything I have, thank each and every person for supporting not only myself, but anyone who’s creative and puts on a show.