A little after noon Friday, Macy Tabor looked out into the crowd at Wiseman Park and smiled, and tore into “Mine,” an original song by the Manchester 16-year-old.
With that, Tabor became the first artist to play the Main Stage at the first Lynchburg Music Festival.
She closed her 15-minute set with two more originals, “The Last Straw” and “Trying to Be Me” before some 50 folks already gathered in the midday heat.
Being the first on the main stage was “definitely very cool and exciting,” she said.
She started a bit late – there were some late sound issues and so forth – so she was standing onstage with her backing band Second Fret for several minutes. Still, she didn’t get flustered and when she banged the first chord on her Takamine, she appeared at ease and right at home.
“I don’t usually get nervous,” she said. “Once I get into it, I’m not nervous at all.”
Although just a junior at Coffee County High, she’s well on her way to establishing herself as an artist. She estimates she plays somewhere in Nashville around three times a week, and has been playing small venues – Just Love Coffee or at Opry Mills – since she started playing guitar to go with her singing some three years ago.
She’ll be releasing her first single, on all music platforms on Aug. 30. Another co-write, it’s called “Just Friends.”
Check out more on this rising star at https://www.macytabor.com/
So far, no rain had appeared by 6 p.m. as the crowd began to stream into the park.
Keith Anderson really got the crowd going with his set, making him one of the best-received artists so far. Craig Campbell followed him with a strong set, including bring his daughters on stage to solo as he accompanied them on piano.
Both Anderson and Campbell had strong rapport with their audiences and shared some touching moments.
Top acts tonight are Cassadee Pope at 6, Joe Diffie at 7:30 and Easton Corbin closing the first night at 9:15.