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.