Forgive me for taking an extra day to post this, the weekend really wore me out! It was well worth it, but still tiring.
The family and I loaded up in the truck to head down to San Antonio early Friday afternoon. Big thanks to Rowdy for filling in for me so I could make it to the festivities in time!
Of course with any great road trip, you've got to plan great road trip music. Here's a list of the albums we had going on our way down:
Josh Grider "The Gettin' There"
Randy Rogers Band "Trouble"
Kyle Park "Beggin' For More"
Darius Rucker "True Believers"
Kacey Musgraves "Same Trailer Different Park"
Lady Antebellum "Golden"
The new Darius is pretty good, and I finally had a chance to catch up on the new Lady A. Of course, the others are some of my favorites I've heard all year!
We went down Hwy 21 and of course had to stop at the Whoop Stop! I mean, it's really the last place to see maroon, everything from there starts getting that ugly burnt orange color, ha.
The drive itself was rather uneventful, but pulling into the resort was a great feeling!
While my wife went and got ready for dinner, I took our son to go play on the golf course.
There was also this little water fall that flowed into a water hazard at this particular hole. He wanted to play in it, but I figured that wouldn't be the best idea. Plus, we were getting ready to eat.
Yes, I did the cheesy Instagram of my food (what was left of it) and my beverage of choice for the night! What an amazing meal! Tasty brisket, some chicken that had some spice to it, and some veggies. Plus the Shiner Bock made it all that much better ha.
One of the parts of the weeend I was really looking forward to was the round of golf on Saturday morning. So after dinner, a couple of cocktails, and catching up with some of the folks in the bar, it was off to bed to get ready for an 8AM tee time. I know, crazy right? But I figure get it over with early so we can relax before heading to the show.
I'm not a great golfer by any stretch, but I have fun whacking the crap out of that little ball! I did have a really nice birdie on a very difficult hole. Matter of fact, I was 2 inches from getting an Eagle! However after I missed out on that, I threw my putter in the air and it landed on some rocks about 30 yards away... After all, it WAS the putters fault.
After shooting under 100 for the round (which is good for me BTW, ha), went to the room for some lunch, then out to the pool. I was saddened that there wasn't free beer poolside, but hey, I survived. Before getting burned, we figure it'd be time to get all gussied up and ready to catch the bus on the way to the show!
While I was sad about no free beer poolside, the free beverages on the bus to the show more than made up for it! Rumor has it someone even snuck some little bottles of Rebecca Creek Whiskey into the Alamadome through their boots. Shame on whoever did that!
When we got to the show, we ran across our winners that we sent! Allison Moore was sitting right behind my wife and I and Gwen Engle traded her tickets with Ashley Willis, so Ashley was right beside us. Martina McBride opened the show and was amazing. My wife and I didn't catch much of her act as we were in line for concessions, but she did come out to sing with George, more on that later.
While running around the backstage area, we came across Alex Weeden who is Miranda's guitar player. He used to play for Honeybrowne. Very proud to see Alex on stage rocking with Miranda!
Miranda Lambert is one of my favorite singers out right now. I think she's one of the few true female country singers in Nashville. Most all of the other females are way too pop for my taste. Miranda rocked it out! She was amazing.
But the part of the night everyone was looking forward to was the King!
I mentioned how funny it'd be if people started chanting "Dusty!" and the girl next to me was perplexed. Apparently, she'd never seen "Pure Country."
Suddenly, the lights go down, the building gets loud, and camera flashes go off every half second or so. The music kicks in, the crowd erupts again and BAM! George Strait!
Of course George comes out and every song he sings is just a monster hit. There's no way that he'd be able to play every single hit he has after 60 #1's and another 10-15 that probably SHOULD have been #1! The crowd was into every word and every song just as you'd expect them to be.
A little over halfway throug the show, George stopped his show to award houses to a pair of combat wounded veterans along with groceries for a year, a big screen TV and a collection of Strait CD's. But perhaps the coolest part of the night was when i was announced that earlier in the evening, Gov. Rick Perry declared that May 18, Strait’s birthday, would from now on be known as “George Strait Day” in Texas! I get goosbumps just thinking about the show, it was that great.
Also a big thanks to Ashley Willis who was able to sneak her way up to the front to grab some close-up picture of George! I know this was a long post, thank you for sticking through and reading this far into it. I'll know wrap it up with some of the pictures that Ashley was kind enough to share with me!