I am not a fan of Wednesday holidays. Especially when the holiday I’m talking about includes many area concerts – all of which I would have liked to attend; and fireworks! Huge fireworks displays that run past my bedtime, and mean sitting in traffic for more than an hour on a night when I have to get up for work the next morning. But we all do what we have to do. And this evening, I had a lot of choices to make. I think I made the right one.
Two years ago, Johnson City, Tennessee, was fortunate to have Linda Davis on stage at our Independence Day Celebration. And tonight, we were very happy to have her back for another performance. You can see the write-up from her 2010 show by clicking here.
Linda is one of those artists that you listen to, and you watch, and you just can’t help but wonder – exactly what is it that makes Reba a mega star. And why do people line up for days to get a ticket to a Carrie concert. I watched Linda two years ago, I watched her tonight – I’ve listened to her music, and there is no reason this woman is not a really huge star. But if she was, we probably couldn’t get her to come to our little town for our Fourth of July celebration. And, we’re so glad she came!
Most of you know that Linda’s daughter is Hillary Scott, and that Hillary – along with Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, make up the very successful trio, Lady Antebellum. But, did you also know that Linda is a member of the Texas Music Hall of Fame? You can see that article by clicking here.
Linda had the audience captivated from her first step on stage, and the first note of her first song. But it was the second song that made me smile – and sing along for that matter. She sang, “What Do I Know.” A song I always think of as a Ricochet song. And, a song I really, really like. I don’t remember Linda ever having released that as a single, but she definitely could have – she sang it great tonight.
I’m sure everyone remembers the duet Linda did with Reba, “Does He Love You.” but if you don’t remember some of her other music, you really need to head over to YouTube and check out a few of the videos. I guarantee you, they will bring back great memories. Speaking of “Does He Love You,” Linda did that song for us this evening – and of course ‘duet’ implies you need to have two people singing. Linda had our local artist, Jessica Nixon, join her on stage to sing the song with her. I’ve written a lot about Jessica before – you can read one of those articles here. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about this very talented young lady – not only from me, but from everyone who writes about country music!
One of the decisions I made tonight – I did not stay to watch the fireworks in Johnson City tonight. While they are some of the areas finest, instead – I snuck out after Linda’s performance, came home – and turned on Macy’s fireworks on television. And, I got to write this for all of you! The photo above is Linda, with WXBQ’s Reggie Neel – it was taken just before the show. Linda did an on-air interview with WXBQ’s Steve Stroud and Mark Andrews. And, I just have to add here that she is one of the nicest entertainers I have ever met. She’s very real, and very genuine, and just down-right friendly. It was awesome getting to meet her and spend a few minutes with her before the show tonight.
Time for me to get some sleep – work tomorrow, as I already said. Hope everyone had a great Independence Day holiday!