7:30 p.m. Magic Springs' Timberwood Amphitheater. $30-$65.
Arkansas's American Idol plays a home-state show Saturday. That's right, Kris Allen will be performing at Magic Springs, probably playing some tunes off his sophomore long-player, "Thank You Camellia." He told Idolater the record was named after the street where he stayed while in Los Angeles. That's right, The City of Angels, which is where he recorded the album.
But what did the critics have to say about it? You know, the bitter authors of poison-penned reviews. Well they liked it mostly. That's right, the professional hurlers of slings and arrows mostly had nice things to say about "Thank You Camellia." For example, Entertainment Weekly's Grady Smith gave the album a "B+" and wrote that "Allen delivers his lyrics with an earnest confidence (and occasional swagger) that keeps his songs from becoming treacly, and makes 'Thank You Camellia' a cohesive, warmhearted charmer."
You know what? Grady is a good name for someone who gives out grades to things. And you know what else? A "B+" is a really good score. And you know what else? I liked it too. That's right, this ink-stained scalawag was quite charmed by "Thank You Camellia." In fact, I think I'm going to go EW one better and give it an "A-" right now this instant, and not just because Kris seems like such a good dude, but also on account of the shuffling, understated ballad "Teach Me How Love Goes."
It's a great song, and it taught me how love went. There, an "A-" for "Thank You Camellia." No, thank you, Camellia! I mean, Kris!