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Wrapup acts make a big hit with Sunday crowd

By The Mercury

Like all good things, Country Stampede had to come to an end. It did so Sunday with a performance by Miranda Lambert , and a private show for VIP campers by Morgan Frazier.

Frazier, who also performed her public show Sunday, is an up and coming musician who recorded her first album at the age of nine.

She won the crowd’s hearts during her public performance with various covers of popular songs such as Jason Aldean’s ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ and a mixture of her own new material, the popular song ‘Yellow Brick Road.’ Frazier took the time to sign any hats, photos, shirts, and even shoes that fans had awaiting next to the stage as she performed.

Alex Black, a VIP camper and 13-year Stampede veteran, fell in love with Frazier as soon as she stepped into the VIP tent earlier in the day. “She’s such a babe,” she said. Steve Rice, from Thursday’s band No Justice, also gave a performance for the VIP campers.

The private concerts are not the only perk for VIP ticket holders. Those campers receive a free lunch and dinner every day of the festival, with an unlimited supply of beverages of their choice. While everyone else had to race to find a decent spot semi-near the stage, VIP campers got up close and personal with the artists, sitting just a few feet away from the stage.

The most-anticipated act of the night was Lambert. A widely-popular artist, known for her attitude and her feminine dominance, Lambert sang her heart out into her pink microphone and strummed along on multiple pink guitars.

She was the only artist to bring her own background screen, showing clips of her music videos and pictures of herself and her bandmates as children.

Rumors swirled that Lambert’s husband, fellow popular country music star Blake Shelton, was touring with her and might make an appearance on stage. Sadly for all attendees, that didn’t happen.

Lambert did, however, interact with the crowd.  “I’m just like ya’ll,” she said. “I shop at Wal-Mart, I like lite beer, I eat country-fried chicken, or anything fried for that matter.” She told them to never let anyone tell you that you’re not “pretty enough, skinny enough, or what the hell ever.”

Randy Houser, a song writer who has become popular for his own singing abilities, got the crowd pumped up with his cover of ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC.

He proudly let the crowd know he wrote ‘Honkytonkbadonkadonk’ made famous by Trace Adkins and had the crowd sing-along as he performed the hit.

Houser mixed in his own well-known and latest songs, ‘Let Me Show You How Country Feels,’ and ‘Runnin’ Out of Moonlight.’

The first act was CrossCountry,  based in Whitehouse, Tenn.

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