Dowagiac, Michigan (May 12, 2018) – On the second day of a three day visit to Michigan, the Alabama threesome, Sweet Tea Trio, travels to the south-west corner of the state to perform at the Dowagiac 2018 Dogwood Fine Arts Festival inside the Dowagiac Middle School Performing Arts Center in Dowagiac, MI.
Sweet Tea Trio is made up of three very talented artists; Kate Falcon (vocals and acoustic guitar), Savannah Coker (mandolin and vocals) and Victoria Camp (acoustic guitar and vocals). Playing together since 2013, the trio felt a connection while performing individually at an artist development program in Birmingham. They became Alabama’s Country Female Artist Of The Year in 2016.
With the sudden success, the girls were chosen by LiveNation to open for rock legends Bon Jovi for their 2017 show in Birmingham. Later that year, they were personally selected by Kid Rock to perform six shows on his Chillin’ The Most Cruise. After his fans fell in love with the trio, they continued with opening nine arena shows for him in Michigan and Indiana.
In 2018, Sweet Tea Trio has continued on traveling and playing shows, while entertaining crowds and building their fan base. For the show this evening in Dowagiac, there is no exception.
Although the crowd is small for this show on Saturday evening, it doesn’t dampen the mood of anyone, as this allows for a more intimate performance by Kate, Savannah, and Victoria. Kate welcomes the crowd and invites them down to the front of the auditorium into the empty seats. As only a few in attendance move forward, she then asks “When Will I Be Loved” by Linda Ronstadt.
With a combination of covers by other artists and their own originals, the crowd is delighted and entertained for a near two hours as the trio performs and interacts with the crowd. Such is the case when Kate and Savannah enter into the crowd by walking through the aisles to shake hands and greet their fans while sharing their microphones during Shania Twain‘s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”.
Some originals added by Sweet Tea Trio are new like “Hangovers”, “Trespassin’”, “Honeysuckle Saturday Night”, and “Fishin’ Condition”. “Treat Like Me Like Your Truck” is a favorite of Kate’s and is dedicated to all the boys in the crowd. Also included in the show is “Rebel Romance” from their debut EP.
With a smooth and flowing three-part harmony, Sweet Tea Trio includes songs by other harmonious artists including Little Big Town, Trick Pony, Fleetwood Mac and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Often compared to a mixing of Dixie Chicks and Pistol Annies, both groups are also added, with a salute to servicemen and women with “Travelin’ Soldier”, and “Hell On Heels”.
One highlight of the evening comes when the trio dismisses the boys in the band for an acoustic rendition of The Eagles, “Seven Bridges Road”, and is joined by the crowd in harmony.
As the show ends, the eager crowd waits patiently by the merchandise table with their collections of t-shirts and copies of their musical EP for their chance to meet and get photos of themselves along with Kate, Savannah, and Victoria. With the trio showing their gratitude for those who attended the show this evening, you could overhear many talks of returning for other shows and bringing more friends with them.
With the wide variety of musical tastes ranging from new and old, it has become easy to like these three girls as they continue to travel across this country adding to their followers and success. If you haven’t had the opportunity to witness Sweet Tea Trio perform, be sure to follow along with the links provided to stay up to date with current news and future tour dates.
Sweet Tea Trio Setlist:
1. Needle In A Haystack
2. Time Machine
3. When Will I Be Loved
6. Little White Church
9. Man! I Feel Like A Woman
10. Seven Bridges Road
11. Travelin’ Soldier
13. Treat Me Like Your Truck
14. Pour Me
15. Honeysuckle Saturday Night
16. Fishin’ Condition
17. Rebel Romance
18. The Chain
19. Hell On Wheels
20. Fishin’ In The Dark / Long Time Gone
Senior Photographer: John Reasoner
Journalist: Leslie Reasoner