Thursday Sept. 21, the Cotton Eyed Joe concert series continued with Alabama native Michael Wayne Atha, aka Yelawolf, who made his first stop on his “51/50” tour in Knoxville.
With general admission tickets priced at ten dollars in advance, the Joe filled with people. Those in attendance stood extremely close together so they could be as close to the stage as possible.
The tour features three special guests as openers for Yelawolf. Cookup Boss opened up the show performing a few songs including “Dont Mean Nun 2 Me.” Mikey Mike followed with a slightly longer setlist that included “Cut My Hair” and “Going Charlie.” Big Henri did not perform any songs due to technical difficulties with his equipment.
Even though he did not perform, Big Henri introduced Yelawolf as he opened the show with “Empty Bottles.” Though the opening song was slow, Yelawolf immediately got the crowd amped up before the next song by introducing himself and the tour.
“Knoxville hasn’t seen what a real mosh pit is, so let’s show them one!” Yelawolf said.
He walked back and forth across the stage to make sure that every person on the dance floor could see him during the performance. He sprayed water bottles at the crowd, rendering them even more excited.
In the middle of his set, Yela gave a shoutout to Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, and asked if anyone had a best friend as he transitioned to his hit song “Best Friend” which features Eminem on his album.
Yelawolf continued his set with “Tennessee Love” and “Johnny Cash.”
While Yela performed mostly new songs, he performed a few hits from previous albums. He performed “Pop the Trunk” and “Daddy’s Lambo” from “Trunk Muzik”, one of his first albums.
During one of the songs, Yela asked the crowd if they knew one of the verses and stopped rapping while the crowd continued the verse. Then he, again, sprayed the crowd with water.
Yelawolf also performed “Let’s Roll,” “Till It’s Gone” and “Chevrolet.”
Yelawolf mixed up the pace of the show by singing some of his slower songs between the more upbeat and hard-hitting songs. From his “Love Story” album he performed “American You,” tying into his general American theme.
Yela mentioned little sayings like “this is America!” between songs. His interjections earned cheers from the crowd.
He finished his hour and a half set by thanking Knoxville for hosting him and his crew.
The “51/50” tour will be back in Tennessee on Oct. 8, 2017 for the “Slumfest” in Nashville.
Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.yelawolf.com/tour
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Edited by Lexie Little