By Kirt Webster
There’s an old saying about there being strength in numbers. Country music fans will no doubt find that out with the upcoming tour that teams up three of country music’s most distinctive stylists of the past two decades: Ty Herndon, Andy Griggs and Jamie O’Neal. Separately, the numbers don’t lie and together they are standing over 40 chart singles on the Billboard Country Singles chart and millions of records sold. Each artist has their own success story to tell, but when they are on stage, it’s truly a magical combination. One that will stay in the minds of fans well after the show is over.
Talk to either Ty, Andy or Jamie and you will find nothing but respect for the other two artists. Andy said that he’s excited to be teaming up with a pair of artists that are among his favorites, though he does admit that opposites attract. “We all blend together about like Tupac, Bill Monroe and Joan Rivers, but somehow it works on stage. Go figure. But when we’re not singing our hearts out together it’s the most awkward, misplaced, dysfunctional, hilarious carnival that has ever been displayed.” Andy expects being on the road with Ty and Jamie to be nothing short of entertaining.
When discussing Jamie, Andy says “Take a phenomenal female vocalist. Now add a husband that has to carry her 10 piece luggage all over God’s creation. Then, mix it with her having to put up with two guys that are more different than night and day and can’t even agree on having a vocal rehearsal which in return drives her so far up the wall that she’s on verge of quitting the whole tour at any given moment of any given day and that’s Jamie,” he says, adding that Ty is also an interesting character as well.
“God certainly displays his amazing sense of humor each time he places me and Ty on tour together. I’ve never known a guy that I had half of the things in life in common with but then again can’t be any more different than John Wayne and Prince. There’s no way for us to completely understand each other’s taste buds of life and we don’t even pretend to try. That would be a total waste of each other’s time.”
Jamie feels that the new partnership will definitely be entertaining, both on and off stage. “I’m so excited to be a part of this. Ty and Andy are two of the best male vocalists from any genre. They’re so funny, good looking and just a couple of goofy smart entertainers.
Ty believes that the fans are going to get their monies worth when seeing their show live. He knows he’s been entertained from the stage. “The first time the three of us did a show together, I wondered how in the world this would ever work. At first we did separate shows, but as time went on we started doing our shows together. The crowd seemed to love the fact that they got all these hits in one two hour show. Then we started singing harmonies with each other.”
Check the artist’s websites for tour information.