Eric Paslay brings country music to Ogden

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Eric Paslay performing his number one, chart topping single "Friday Night" at the Outlaw Saloon in Ogden, Utah. (Annmarie Moore)
Eric Paslay performs his No. 1, chart-topping single “Friday Night” at the Outlaw Saloon in Ogden. (Annmarie Moore)

OGDEN — EMI Nashville recording artist Eric Paslay entertained more than 100 people at the Outlaw Saloon Oct. 9 in Ogden.

Paslay is one of the fastest-rising country artists on the music scene. His debut album’s lead single, “Friday Night,” reached the No. 1 spot on the charts, jumpstarting his career and making him a true country artist in his own right.

“I love his music, so it was worth the drive,” said Allie Erler, who drove an hour and a half from Provo to attend the concert. “I really like his song ‘Friday Night’ — that’s the one I hear on the radio the most — and ‘Song About a Girl’ too.”

Before recording hit music of his own, Paslay was writing chart-topping hits for big names in country music, including Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and the Eli Young Band.

Paslay performed his top singles to the crowd at the Outlaw Saloon, from “Friday Night” to “Song About A Girl” to “Country Side of Heaven.” He also performed a song he originally wrote for Jake Owen: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

Danielle Christianson also drove up from Provo to see the concert, although she said she didn’t know much about Paslay beforehand.

“I’ve been a country music fan all my life, and grew up listening to it with my family.” she said. “But after seeing (Paslay) perform live, I’ve become a fan. He’s a good performer, and I like his songwriting.”

Before Paslay hit the stage, the crowd was entertained by local country music talents Chantel Lauren and The Wayne Hoskins Band.

Paslay’s newest song, “Rain From Heaven,” will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks movie, “The Best of Me,” which will hit theaters Oct. 17.

Paslay is currently on tour with country artist Dierks Bentley on his “Riser Tour.” For ticket information on upcoming shows, visit http://www.ericpaslay.com.

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