This past Saturday (7.29.17) I grabbed my best friend and we drove 4 hours north to Savannah, GA. The reason? Filmore was playing at Saddlebags & I just had to be there. I’ve been a fan of his for a few years, and actually first met him at Saddlebags in July of 2015. He was just setting out on his own, after formerly being part of the duo “The Lookout.” Back in 2015, Filmore opened acoustically for Cale Dodds. It was just him and a guitar on stage. He played a few of his original songs, but mostly covers. Fast forward two years and it was a completely different scene!
Filmore has been working his butt off putting new music out pretty regularly, and touring all over the place. He’s recently opened quite a few shows for Chase Rice & Michael Ray. Sirius XM The Highway has been playing his song “Left Our Mark” on their weekend segment called “On the Horizon.” Bobby Bones has played his music during his show. Spotify has added multiple Filmore songs to their country playlists.
Like I said, two years ago it was Filmore & his guitar on the stage. There were a handful of people in the crowd, most talking amongst themselves & not even paying attention. (I could write an article going off about that, but I’ll refrain – for now.) This past weekend Filmore took the stage with a full band. The energy was electric, and the packed venue ate it up. People were yelling requests for his original songs, and then sang along. Filmore’s stage presence is now one for artists to envy, and try to replicate. I don’t know if there was a moment that he, or his band, did not have smiles on their faces. I stood there amazed, and proud. He is someone that I would consider a friend, and I just love seeing the success coming his way. He hasn’t allowed the success to get to his head, and is very humble when you offer praise. This path he’s chosen isn’t an easy one, but it’s one that he was clearly meant to take. It’s hard work. It’s exhausting. It’s exciting. He absolutely deserves all of the success he’s going to continue to see.
After the show, I gave him a hug, told him how amazing the show was, and then got back in the car for the 4 hour drive back south to Orlando. We got home at 6:30am. We were exhausted, but full of memories. Filmore absolutely made the 8 hour drive worth every minute.
Check out his tour schedule. I promise you will not regret attending one of his shows.