Parker McCollum Sells Out Red Hat; Fans Show Up Rain Or Shine

BY CAITLIN RUSS Tropical storm Ophelia couldn’t keep Parker McCollum fans away Saturday. He performed to a sold-out crowd at Red Hat Amph...


Tropical storm Ophelia couldn’t keep Parker McCollum fans away Saturday. He performed to a sold-out crowd at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh. He set the bar high for the night opening with his 2021 hit “To Be Loved By You” off his major label debut album, Gold Chain Cowboy.

McCollum performed many songs off his new album, Never Enough, which was released in May of this year. The morning of the show, McCollum shares, he was asked if he wanted to cancel his performance. He shared with the crowd that “we don’t get rained out; we get rained on.” Fortunately, the worst of the weather had moved through the area earlier in the day, so fans remained mostly dry throughout the show.

McCollum and fans sung along to his hits all night long including “Burn It Down,” “Pretty Heart,” and “Handle on You.”

There were many interactions McCollum shared with the crowd: saying hello to fans waving and chanting his name, signing one person’s hat, and even acknowledging one fan who said they named their baby, who was 8 weeks old, after him. McCollum dedicated “Things I Never Told You” to all moms in the crowd and stated that being a mom is a thankless and difficult job. He said he dedicates this song every night to his own mom as well. McCollum also dedicated “It’s Been a Hell of a Year” to all active military and veterans.

To open, Catie Offerman took stage, fiddle in hand and band by her side. She played her debut song “I Just Killed a Man,” which talks of breakup and heartache, something we all can relate to at one point or another in our lives. She impressed fans with her covers of Morgan Wallen’s “Whiskey Glasses” and Darius Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” before turning the stage over to Jackson Dean.

Jackson Dean is known for his gritty outlaw sound that can be found in his hit “Don’t Come Lookin’” of his 2022 album Greenbroke. Dean hit the ground running when he first entered the country music scene. Fans are hoping for a headlining tour soon. Until then, Dean will be playing various venues which include opening for Luke Bryan and multiple festivals throughout the rest of this year.
Caitlin Russ is a Florida native currently residing in North Carolina. She is an English teacher by day and freelance entertainment journalist by night. Caitlin enjoys reading, hiking with her husband and 3 children, and attending as many concerts as she can. Her all-time favorite music artists include John Mayer, Tyler Childers, and Paramore.

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