In concert: Jimmy Wayne at Celebrate Fairfax!
By Emily Yahr
While Sunday's entertainment at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival wasn't technically billed as a country music showdown between singers Josh Thompson and Jimmy Wayne, the afternoon quickly turned into the Duel of Guys With Guitars - and after his effortlessly entertaining hour-long set that included some sweet dance moves, the prize went to Wayne.
Wayne, with perfectly windblown hair that has helped earn him some "hot guy" accolades in People Magazine, breezed through a dozen songs and decided to forgo his guitar on the first few tunes in order to groove across the stage. Later, he jammed on a duet with his fiddle player (Jake Clayton, who proved it's possible to play a fiddle behind your back), mocked cold-hearted Nashville music executives, and belted out the heart-wrenching, told-you-so song to a straying ex, "Do You Believe Me Now," and popular cover song, Hall & Oates's "Sara Smile."
Thompson opened the show for the two hundred-plus audience during the scorching hot late afternoon, and offered 45 minutes on stage that were perfectly pleasant. But he spent way too much time boasting about his life as a rough-and-tumble country guy (two separate songs informed the crowd he's known as an "S.O.B." in some circles), without offering any proof, or even authenticity in his laidback stage presence. His pure, stripped-down voice, however, sounded excellent when he slowed the pace on "Sinners," and post-break-up anthem "I Won't Go Crazy."
Though Wayne's showboating was sometimes hard to take - he jumped off the stage after singing "After You" and spent at least five minutes taking pictures with fans while his band played on - his connection with the audience was undeniable. And, intentionally or not, resulted in a win for the day.
June 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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