Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers

Last night, I went to the showroom at South Point, a casino about a mile from my house, to see Larry, Steve & Rudy, the Gatlin Brothers.  I’d been hoping free tickets would show up but they didn’t so I had to pay actual money.  I got to sit at one of the booth’s with Kenneth and Janice from Calgary, Canada, down in Vegas for the bull riding championship.  They were a little older than me but not much and were really nice people.  I really enjoyed visiting with them.

I’ve seen the Gatlins several time over the years, at the fair in Lubbock.  2 or 3 times probably and it’s been awhile.  As we’ve gotten older, I know Larry has had voice medical problems and drug and alcohol issues.  And I know they now perform in Branson, Mo mostly so their touring days are limited.  I always liked Larry’s voice and the great harmonies of the brothers.  And last night, it was a little different but they still sounded pretty good.  The sang a song called ‘Brothers’ that was gorgeous. I’d never heard it before.  They performed about an hour and a half, a mixture of old and new and sadly, more talking than singing but I enjoyed the show very much.  Clean, non political, nice show.

After the show, I thought differently.  During the show, they shamelessly hawked their CD’s for sale after the show. And it was announced they would sign CD’s and pictures they provided after the show.  Several people stood in line, forked over the money and waited for them to come out.  To their credit, they only took a few minutes to get out.  But then, they really had no fan interaction.  They signed but talked to no one.  People were asking questions and complimenting them and there was no response. And to be fair, they had done 3 shows in 3 days and were probably tired but if they are going to make sales part of the show, they need to be “on” until it’s all done.  They should interact, pose for pictures, and thank people for coming out and shelling out show and CD money.   Just saying a little graciousness goes a long way.  I’ve read online that a lady complained and Larry wrote an apology, saying he was sick.  But I think maybe they are just rude and full of themselves.  And if you don’t enjoy fans, maybe the singing needs to be limited to the shower.

No pictures came out. Bummer.

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