Boots & Roots

It’s finally fall & in west Texas, the first part of fall means South Plains Fair time.  Years ago the fair had country concerts most of the week.  We paid something like $10 and saw George Strait or Alan Jackson or Ricky Van Shelton.  But that fizzled out.  Now the radio stations sponsor shows & the concert is free after paying to get into the fair.  The concerts are not necessarily the same.  One station was doing up & coming country although that seems to have stopped.   The oldie station does the fogies–this year is The Cowsills, a band that I never heard.  Last year was Gary Puckett & the Union Gap.  I’ve also seen Air Supply, Gary Lewis & the Playboys and Herman’s Hermits, to name a few.

Last night, the oldies country station had the ‘Roots & Boots Tour’ which featured popular-in-the-1990’s acts Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin & Collin Raye.   My friend Jan & I went & stuffed our faces with fair food.  Hamburger, fries, strawberry lemonade, funnel cake & Methodist fried pies, cherry & apricot.  To be fair, I had a few bites of fries & funnel cake & brought the pies home for later.  Then we went to enjoy the concert.

The concert is held in the Fairpark Coliseum, a big old barn thing with inadequate air conditioning so it’s always pretty warm in there.  I’d bet the heating is same & it’d be pretty cold too.  But nothing has changed in the 40 years I’ve been going to shows there so it’s all good.

First all 3 came out & all sang big hits…Aaron Tippen sang ‘You’ve Got To Stand for Something’, Sammy Kershaw sang ‘Cadillac Style’ & Collin Raye sang ‘That’s my Story’.  Then they each did a set and met again at the end to sing together again.

The voices are weaker.  The bodies showed a little middle age.  But they put on an enthusiastic show & everyone had a good time.   My favorite was Collin Raye’s ‘Love,Me’, his signature song.  Everyone got their phones out & did the old lighter thing with their phone flashlights.  Even Aaron came out with his phone from the back of the stage.  Aaron is a little weird.  Probably one of those off the wall kids who turned in to a very hyperactive adult.

Ready for next year…fair food, free music.


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Did I mention Aaron is weird?




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