Country girl band wows Warren
Their biggest hit is getting good play on the national airwaves.
By GUY D'ASTOLFO
VINDICATOR ENTERTAINMENT WRITER
WARREN -- Even with all the teasing, Darla Rae Perlozzi had a real nice homecoming.
The Struthers native, who is the drummer for country band Cowboy Crush, got a chance to play before the hometown folks Thursday at Packard Music Hall.
The crowd was rooting for Perlozzi -- a fact that wasn't lost on lead singer Trenna Barnes, who took every opportunity to needle her.
"Any of you got any good stories about Darla Rae?" Barnes asked the audience. "Because if you do, come see me after the show, and we'll be good buddies."
Perlozzi feigned some mock indignation and threw a drumstick at Barnes.
The 16-song set was full of playfulness, as Barnes bantered with the crowd between every tune.
She told of a country music Web message board that had one staunch fan from the Youngstown area who went by "Courtney," and asked if Courtney was in the house. She was -- and the band presented her with a pink cowboy hat as a way of saying thanks.
Midway through the show, the five-piece, all-girl group played their hit, "Nobody Ever Died from a Broken Heart." The song is getting solid airplay nationwide and the video peaked at No. 19 on the Great American Country cable TV channel.
They also gave a sneak preview of their next album, which will be released next month.
"I Am Pretty" told a wrenching story as a way of encouraging women to strive for happiness in relationships.
More upbeat was, "Prettiest Girl in World," which sounds like it could be the next hit.
Other highlights were a hard pounding version of Loretta Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man," the honky-tonk "Hillbilly Nation" and "He's Coming Home," which was dedicated to U.S. soldiers.
Barnes, clad in tight jeans with a rip in the knee, shook her hips -- and occasionally her fists -- as she stalked the stage.
Having most fun
But fiddle player Renae Truex, the lead instrumentalist, looked like she might have been having the most fun. She shared the spotlight on many songs and mixed it up with Perlozzi, keyboardist Becky Priest and bassist Debbie Johnson on the other songs.
In the final number, a cover of Charlie Daniels' "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Truex coaxed sounds out of her fiddle that were reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix.
The spacious Packard Music Hall probably wasn't the best place to see Cowboy Crush. The way the girls light up a room, it might be more fun to see them at a dark, sweaty roadhouse.
But nobody in the appreciative crowd of about 300 was complaining.