Tuesday, September 7, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 11

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About the Cougar

Clay Walker performs memorable show for huge, appreciative crowd

By Jake McKim
Daily Cougar Staff 

At first impression, Clay Walker may seem unassuming, shy and the least likely person you would ever see onstage playing to thousands of fans. But those first-thought stereotypes quickly disappear when this small-in-stature, Beaumont native steps into the spotlight.

Walker has a way of sending his fans into a frenzy when he performs with a simple swivel of his hips or a smile at the camera.

Superstar country singer Clay Walker proved once again why he is considered one of the best preformers in music today, with a steller show Friday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

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Friday night at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Walker put on a show that will be talked about and remembered for a long time by those who attended.

Wearing a black cowboy hat, long-sleeve blue and green shirt, blue jeans and cowboy boots, Walker rocked through his unending repertoire of hits like "If I Could Make a Living," "Rumor Has It" and "Then What," turning Woodlands Pavilion into one gigantic party.

As confetti rained down, Walker, in typical fashion, made every attempt to connect with each and every member of the audience, making even those on the top of the hill feel welcome and appreciated.

The party really started jumping on "Live, Laugh, Love," the title track to his latest album, when a troop of energetic dancers joined Walker on the stage, coercing many in the audience to get down and boogie as well.

Backed by a lively and talented band, Walker displayed impressive vocal range and strength, and it didn't hurt having talented songwriters to provide the necessary hits to go along with those captivating vocals.

Cowboy rock 'n' roll is how he describes his music, and on crowd-pleasing songs like "What's It to You" and "Who Needs You Baby," Walker rocked more like Guns 'N Roses than George Strait.

"Saying I'm at home is an understatement," said Walker to a tremendous roar from the crowd.

By the time Walker reappeared for his three encores, the noise level was at a fever pitch. It only got louder as he belted out two of his biggest hits, "I Do" and "Hypnotize the Moon," undoubtedly two of the most recognized songs in country music.

Just when everyone thought the amazing show was coming to a conclusion, Walker, with a smile bigger than Texas, went in to a rousing rendition of "Louie, Louie," dancing from one side of the stage to another with more energy than Richard Simmons on speed.

Before Walker hit the stage, Claudia Church and Chad Brock warmed-up the crowd with solid, quality sets that lasted approximately 20 and 30 minutes, respectively.

Both Church and Brock have impressive, catchy tunes but lack the stage skills of Walker and other notable headlining acts.

Walker's dynamic, unlimited talent and charisma put him in an elite class of performers. No matter where they are or how many people they play for, the fans are pretty much guaranteed a sensational and memorable show.

If recent history holds true, those who missed Clay Walker's Friday night show can look to see him at the 2000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Until then you can pick up his latest CD, Live, Laugh, Love at a record store near you.

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