I had the opportunity to get out to another concert on Friday (07/29/11). Hickory NC was the location; Jeff & Sheri Easter the artist. The Easters have made it to this area of the country plenty in the last two years. I believe this was the 7th time in the last two years I have seen the group live.
It was the first time, though, that only Jeff & Sheri were on the program. They performed for over two hours to a packed house of about 450. They rolled out all their recent hit songs; “Born To Climb”, “I Need You More Today”, “Hear My Heart”, “Praise His Name” and older hits “Roses Will Bloom Again” and “Thread Of Hope”.
The biggest highlight for me was the spontaneity of the group during the second half of the program. I have rarely seen that at a Jeff & Sheri concert. Charles Burke (former owner of Singing Americans) was in attendance and Jeff told the story of how Charles gave him his first job with the Singing Americans back in 1984. Jeff then called Charles to the stage. Jeff made a comment to Charlie about how he always told everyone else how to sing and Jeff had never heard Charlie sing before. Charles Burke along with Jeff & Sheri ended up singing Beulah Land. It brought the house down.
The entire second half reminded me of an ‘unplugged’ performance where the group shared stories and intertwined songs; at times off the cuff. This may have well been my favorite live concert performance of Jeff & Sheri Easter.