One of country music's biggest stars treated a small group of fans to a pair of intimate concerts Wednesday.
Grammy Award-winning singer LeAnn Rimes performed at Building 24 in Wyomissing, County, and then at Cosmopolitan in Allentown.
Rimes said she loves playing smaller venues almost more than big concerts, and her concerts Wednesday were a opportunity to treat fans to some new music.
"You get to see peoples faces and reactions to songs and what you're saying, and I think there's just a feeling like you're sitting in your living room," said Rimes.
For those in the crowd, there was a lot of excitement, as well, especially for longtime fans.
"I think it's great," said Annie Sweeney. "It's up close and personal. I think that's wonderful for them to get out there and realize there's a fan base out here who loves them and follows them and this is a great way to give back to the fans."
Rimes' concert in Wyomissing was sponsored by radio station WIOV-FM; her appearance in Allentown was put on by WCTO-FM. Both stations are owned by Citadel Broadcasting.
Cosmopolitan co-owner, Myron Haydt, said Rimes' concert was the first event of many more to come.
"We're trying to do this once a month," said Haydt. "Bring some really major, powerful people down to downtown Allentown. Just revitalize things, get it going and just kind of create an atmosphere that hasn't been here in a long time."
Rimes said she's happy to be out on the road, and this type of concert will give her plenty of feedback for her next album.
"It's cool to see what they relate to, and sometimes it's completely opposite of what you think they would," said Rimes.
Rimes treated the crowds to some songs that will be on her new album, which will be released this fall.
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