When I was in college, I dated a girl who loved country music and would spend her free time following around various country music acts around the state of Texas with her family. She invited me to go with her one time, swearing to me that live country music is a lot of fun, and I have to say that she was right.
All of the country music I had ever heard had been recorded prior to going on that trip with my girlfriend. I knew that I loved the genre, but I was not aware of how great country music could be when it was performed live. We stopped first in a little town near Austin to hear a couple of local bands of which I had never heard.
My girlfriend knew all about them, however, and she started telling me all about them and where they were from and so forth. I soon discovered that a lot of these live country music acts had loyal followings. There were people from all over the state that came to hear them play. The price of admission was low and people would bring in coolers full of cold drinks.
When the bands started playing, everyone screamed and cheered, and it was just a lot of fun. Everybody was so friendly. We all sang and danced and had a great time. What impressed me about this particular live country music performance was when certain songs would start up and a whole bunch of people would start applauding and whistling.
I had never heard the songs, but these people had, and apparently, they were crowd favorites. I imagined for me it would be like going to a Willie Nelson concert and having him break into “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”
We went to a lot of towns and communities throughout the state listening to live country music acts and having a great time. My girlfriend asked me if I was enjoying myself at one point, and told her that I was having a lot more fun than I ever imagined possible.
A few weeks after we got back, I saw that Garth Brooks was coming to town and got tickets. She was thrilled about that, and the concert was great. There was nothing like seeing live country music, whether it was a big superstar, or just some local acts with cult followings.
As time went by my girlfriend and I just sort of drifted apart and now I am married to the love of my life. I have not been to any live country music performances since that time, but it was a great experience to see those local acts, as well as the Garth Brooks concert, and it really showed me how much fun country music could be.