In 2022, Kameron Marlowe reached beyond his expectations and stepped into a new chapter of his career. Before his sold-out show in Chicago, IL as part of his headlining We Were Cowboys Tour, the country star sat down with Country Now to reflect on all the success he has achieved in the last 365 days.
Much of this success and the growth in his loyal fanbase can be credited to many of the songs he sang throughout his show at the infamous venue, Joe’s on Weed St. Marlowe kicked things off with “Sober as a Drunk,” a track off his 2020 self-titled EP. The packed crowd sang the words right back to him, filling the room with excitement and anticipation for the night ahead.
For over 90 minutes, he held onto the audience with his captivating vocals and effortless energy. The North Carolina native’s set featured a mix of fan favorites ranging from his first EP to his debut album that inspired the name of the tour, and everything in between.
Before he began playing his career-changing song, “Steady Heart,” Marlowe let the audience know that he was thinking about his girlfriend, Meagan, who was waiting for him back home.
“This song goes out to a girl back in Tennessee, and I’m very thankful for her love because for some reason, she puts up with my hard-headed ass. I have no idea why she does it, but I’m very thankful for it. So y’all go ahead and get a little dance in tonight,” he said as he announced the heartfelt song.
Then, he slowly brought the tempo back up again with “Tequila Talkin’” prompting those around him to raise up their cups and join in on singing the catchy tune.
Marlowe even stepped away from his own music a few times to perform covers of songs by Johnny Cash, Jamey Johnson, Travis Tritt and Bon Jovi. While some of these renditions were played acoustically with just him and his guitar, Marlowe also acquired a bit of help from his opener, Wyatt McCubbin. Together, they boosted the energy levels in the room with their performance of the Big & Rich classic, “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy).”
When it came to interacting and connecting with the audience, Marlowe never missed a beat. At one point, he gave two lucky fans the chance to step up on stage and take part in a shotgun competition against his bandmate who took home the win.
Overall, the show included plenty of fun moments, raw emotions, and a surplus of incredible talent, but it was his final few performances on the 22-song setlist that really solidified the impact of his musical stylings. Marlowe ended the night with his highly-anticipated song, “Girl On Fire” and Gold-certified current single, “Giving You Up,” which continues to climb the charts.
“It’s been really crazy to watch y’all blow this song up,” he said before revealing that he was about to play “Girl On Fire” and depict the relatable story of a summer fling that faded with the season. Not only was this song written just in time for summer, but it also made the cut for his album.
After singing “Giving You Up,” Marlowe hardly made it off the stage before the crowd started begging for more. Luckily, he made his way back out to wrap things up with an encore of another one of his Gold-certified hits, “Burn ‘Em All.”
Learning that this song went Gold was one of many firsts the country star experienced this year. As the months went by, Marlowe continued to cross goals off his bucket list. He sang the national anthem during a Nashville Predators home game, saw Noah Thompson use one of his songs on his American Idol audition and later got to perform alongside him. He also played back-to-back sold-out shows, made his CMA Fest debut, released his debut album, We Were Cowboys, and kicked off his first headlining tour with a sold-out show in Nashville.
“2022 has been an incredible year, a lot of milestone steps,” he told Country Now. “As I look back on it, I don’t know how to put it into words. I’m very humbled by this year, I really am. Just to know that something’s working, like you put a lot of dedication into this kind of job and you always hope for the best, but you never know if it’s ever gonna work and just to be selling out some of these shows and having people come, that’s what matters to me. The fans are my driving force.”
The 25-year-old singer also got plenty of practice in preparing for his own trek by serving as an opener for some of country music’s biggest stars including Luke Combs, Chris Young, LOCASH, Travis Tritt, and Morgan Wallen.
Ahead of his album release, Marlowe shared “Girl On Fire,” following right behind the streaming and radio success of his single, “Steady Heart,” which remains his quickest-growing song to date. As he looks into next year, Marlowe has high hopes that he will finally achieve a No. 1 at country radio.
In addition to Chicago and Nashville, Marlowe played to capacity at serval more stops on his headlining trek including in New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Chesapeake, VA, Charlotte, and more.
“It’s been absolutely surreal. We’ve sold out so many freaking venues and so many people have been coming out to these shows and hanging out with us and singing and screaming these songs back to us. And I’m like, ‘God, this record hadn’t even been out six months yet,’” Marlowe said in excitement. “So it’s very humbling to me and I’m just thankful for everybody that’s been coming out. It’s really has been awesome.”
Next year, Kameron Marlowe will join Thomas Rhett on the Canadian leg of his Bring The Bar To You Tour. Then, he will play a few dates in support of Chase Rice’s recently announced Way Down Yonder Tour.
Before he officially shifts into these opening slots, Marlowe has a few dates left on his own tour. His next stop is slated for December 15 in Houston, TX, and then the next day, he will finish up his run in Dallas, TX.