In concert: Chris Young at Fillmore Silver Spring

November 3, 2011

Chris Young was plenty of fun at Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday night. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP)

But what he lacked in seriousness the 26-year-old singer made up for in fun-loving energy Wednesday night at the Fillmore Silver Spring, constantly sporting a big smile, grooving around on stage, cheerfully strumming a guitar and pausing to repeatedly thank the audience for their support.

“I’ll probably say ‘thank you’ way more times than you want to hear tonight, but I don’t even care,” said Young, a Murfreesboro, Tenn., native who broke into the music industry five years ago as the winner of the “Nashville Star” singing competition on USA Network. “Thank you so much for making the dreams I had as a little kid come true.”

Young sang most tenderly while performing his No. 1 singles — “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),” “The Man I Want to Be” and the heartbreakingly earnest break-up ballad “Tomorrow.” He also sang the life-lessons tune “Voices,” which has the distinction of being released last year, for a second time, and shooting up to No. 1, the first country song in 25 years to do so.

The crowd, which filled the two-month-old venue about three-quarters full and was dotted with cowboy hats, let out a huge roar of approval when Young gave a shout-out to the military and sang “The Dashboard,” about a guy who keeps his brother’s car in good shape while bro is serving overseas. One man in the audience vigorously waved an American flag he had brought for the occasion.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.
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