By Claire Salinas
CJ Solar made his way back to the Red Stick for the second time this summer to kick off his Tall Boy tour during the first LSU home game.
Solar has recently been on an upward track with the release of “Blue Bandana,” a song recorded by Jerrod Neiman and one he has writer credits for, which as of last week sits at number 39 on the Country Aircheck charts.
Solar is now launching his own tour during which he will travel with 100.7 The Tiger WTGE and the LSU Tigers to all the SEC away games.
While the rest of the stops on the tour will feature a full band, this particular show was just an acoustic set which Solar played with bandmate Michael Hardy.
Daniel Fernandez, a 28-year-old resident of Delacroix, is a seven-year LSU season ticket holder who attended the show.
Fernandez said, “I love country music. I grew up listening to George Jones, Hank Williams Senior and it’s the way I was brought up. CJ gives off a new school country-rock kind of thing. He gets you pepped up and makes you want to have a good time.”
Andrew Graziano is a 27-year-old resident of Baton Rouge who has a respect for country music, and enjoyed the live show.
“Country was a thing I got into from being a Pike at LSU. That just happened to be part of the culture,” said Graziano. “CJ was a great musician and it was great to listen to the band. I wish we had more live music here.”
Due to the heat on the porch of Fred’s the show moved onto the stage under the tent in front of the bar.
The heat of the day resulted in a much smaller crowd than anticipated for the show but Solar and Hardy continued to play their set as if the patio were full.
In the past Graziano produced his own podcast called “I’m an Adult.”
Although Graziano no longer produces the segment, he can relate to the difficulties that come with getting something off the ground.
“Starting a podcast was something I did after doing standup comedy at open mic nights,” said Graziano. “It takes so much confidence to trust yourself and believe people enjoy your craft and what you do. As a musician you want to have tons of people and they were performing while people were tailgating, but they did it anyway. They capitalized on the opportunity and had a ton of confidence in what they did which is great.”
Despite the small turnout to the show, Solar is aware the industry can be a rollercoaster and has his sights set upwards.
Solar said, “It’s hard to tell what speed the plans will go at, but every time something starts to feel slow, things start picking up, and good stuff starts happening. It’s definitely going about how I hoped it would.”
Solar grew up in Baton Rouge, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to tour with the team he grew up with.
Solar said, “It’s so awesome to be able to work with the local radio station and follow the team around. Being a huge LSU fan, I’m really excited to go to the games and see a lot of the other SEC stadiums I’ve never been to. Hopefully we’ll see the Tigers win all of those games.”
Solar will follow the Tigers to their next away game against Mississippi State where he will play at Rick’s Café in Starkville, Ms..
To request Tallboy call 225.499.1007, and to follow CJ on tour check out cjsolar.com.