Much has been said about Kane Brown and his rather unconventional take on country music, but no one can deny this boy’s heart.
That heart was on full display during an intimate performance on Feb. 6 in Nashville, when Kane opened up in front of a VIP audience with a story about him, his great-granddad and the dream he wished he could have made come true.
“I grew up in a small town,” Kane started the story, remarking that he grew up right by fellow country star and “What Ifs” duet partner Lauren Alaina. “My grandfather used to have a store there called ‘The Cold Spot.’ Back in the day, there were no interstates and no Walmarts, no Targets in the area, so his store killed. He sold everything from crickets to worms to minnows. You got your deer license there. You couldn’t get beer in Georgia on Sundays, but if you knew my Papaw, you could. He was just a cool ass granddad.”
Laughter ensued in the quiet venue, the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, where Kane was performing for attendees of the annual Country Radio Seminar alongside record label-mates Brad Paisley and Maren Morris.
“Then one day, the interstate was built and then the Targets and the Walmarts were built, and everyone kept going to the bigger stores, and it kind of just killed his business,” Kane recalled. “My dream was to reopen that business and make it like the little shop I remembered and I grew up in. A year ago, they tore the store down, and I wrote a song about it.”
Then, Kane discussed the crazy coincidence that you sometimes wonder whether God had a hand in.
“I called my granddad — he was my great-granddad — I called my granddad to show him the song and he just told me that my great-granddad had passed away, so it was kind of like it was destined,” Kane said quietly. “It’s one of the country-est songs on my new album. This is called ‘The Cold Spot.’”
As the room remained hushed and quiet, taking in the emotion of the moment, Kane began singing the heartfelt song that effortlessly cradles his vocals. And watching him onstage confirms the fact that Kane is getting much more comfortable up there. And it’s something that everyone recognizes the significant of, including fellow country star Chris Young.
“I think it’s important for anyone who wants to be an artist to really show and try to explain to people who you really are,” Chris told Rare Country during his Chicago stop on the “Chris Young Losing Sleep 2018 World Tour,” on which Kane serves as an opener. “I think once that clicks and they kind of know a lot about you as an artist and what you have to say, and be able to overlap that with stories and hear one of your songs and say, ‘Oh my God, this reminds me and makes me think of this,’ you really do get that relationship with the crowd and the people you have coming to your shows. I think it just takes it to a different level and it’s ultimately the most important thing.”