By JODI FUSON / For the Lincoln Journal Star
With just over 1,000 shows under their cowboy belts, the Texas Tenors have crafted a feel-good concert with a mix of everything from foot-stomping, hand-clapping country songs like “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” to the Righteous Brothers timeless “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”
Thursday night at The Lied Center for Performing Arts the trio drew from its America’s Got Talent repertoire as well, including “Play Me Some Mountain Music” and a powerful rendition of “God Bless the USA” that sent a wave of patriotism through the auditorium.
The group adds just the right amount of showmanship, humor and audience interaction, relying heavily on blonde tenor Marcus Collins to pamper the females.
One song featured audience-member Pat, whom Collins escorted up on stage to be serenaded by all three men.
In the second half, the group wowed with a rendition of “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera,” which featured each tenor individually, with one picking up where the previous one left off and concluding with the merging of all three voices.
Earlier, on the trio used a similar melody-passing strategy to lend their own styles to “Amazing Grace.”
An unexpected but creatively arranged “Wild Horses” was a treat, as was the finale “I Did It My Way,” with each member digging deep and coming up strong in the way of expression and vocal fortitude.
These aren’t your typical classical tenors, but instead a blend of classical (John Hagen), contemporary/pop ( Collins) and pure tenor (JC Fisher).
The variety keeps the audience tuned in.
And when all three sing at the top of their lungs, the effect is phenomenal.
The Texas Tenors offer not only themselves but the talents of their band members, who have played with the likes of Glen Campbell, Andy Williams and Alabama and entertain with electric guitar, piano and harmonica solos.