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.
Did I mention Aaron is weird?