I get a lot of e-mail from country music fans, telling me about concerts they are going to – or perhaps one they went to. Sometimes they send pictures and tell me about their experience. Sometimes I put it up here to share with all of you. I’m usually not the envious type … usually.
But I have to admit when I got an e-mail from Dan, telling me about his experience at Country Thorwdown tour in Charlotte, N.C., I was just a tad green. I’ve met Dan at some local concerts, and am more than happy to put up his story. So, here it is – from Dan himself, along with some of his great pictures!
A couple weeks ago I received an e-mail stating that I had been selected to receive a free VIP pass when the Country Throwdown Tour lands in Charlotte, NC. I had no idea I was even a candidate to win something like this, but I had completed a survey on the tour and they chose 10 people for each tour city to receive these passes as a "thank you!"
I’m a struggling singer/songwriter myself, and needless to say, I was thrilled about this news! The gates opened at 1pm, but I was there by 11:30am. They gave me the VIP bracelet and a ticket for a seat, but I didn’t even use the seat once I found out where I could go and what I could do.
Every star I met of course was in a hurry in preparations but they were graceful and nice! They all posed for pics with me and signed my souvenir program. The first two stars I saw were Jack Ingram and Eddie Montgomery chatting. Eddie had something to eat so he was in a hurry to get back to his bus, but I did get to talk to Jack some, and he signed my ticket. I did catch up with Eddie a little later on, I have roots in KY too, as that’s my birth state, and that’s where I got my start singing 10 years ago in Pike County, KY, so we talked a bit about KY.
As I was talking to Eddie, a beautiful young lady drives by in a black car, comes to stop, and out pops Eric Church! I also got to see Jonathan Singleton of Jonathan Singleton and The Grove, he has written several hits for Gary Allan (Watching Airplanes), David Nail (Red Light), Josh Turner (Why Don’t We Just Dance). I’ve known Jon from his tour stops at Capone’s in Johnson City, so he remembered me well, he stated that the band will hopefully be coming back around August to Capone’s once again.
Other stars I got the chance to meet: Little Big Town (no time for a photo op as they were on their way to the stage), up and coming star Emily West, Heidi Newfield, and Eli Young Band. It was so surreal being backstage and watching firsthand all of the work that goes into putting the "Throwdown" together.
Seeing all the production and gear being set up, all the guitars being tuned, all the snacks and refreshments catered to the stars, seeing the stars and their crew run in and out of their dressing rooms and buses, it really was a good insight on all the work that goes on behind the scenes of a huge concert.
I caught Troy Gentry on his way out of the hospitality room and he was kind to stop and pose for a pic and sign my book. I encourage everyone to go out and catch the Country Throwdown Tour when they come to a city near you, this is going to be a yearly thing!
Thanks so much for sharing that, Dan. I’m looking forward to hearing about your Gary Allen concert.
I’ll talk to all of you soon!