"If your going to do it, do it live on stage, or don't do it at all." - Neil Fallon
There is nothing quite like the experience of live music. No matter what genre or even sometimes the caliber of the players, live music can truly fill the soul. I can remember my first live show. Now I will let you in on a little secret. As a teenage rocker learning guitar in the 1980's, I always boasted to my buddies that my first concert was Judas Priest at Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio. That was "almost" the truth. Now my first club concert was Joe Satriani at Bogart's in Cincinnati on the Surfing with the Alien tour. Judas Priest was actually my second arena concert. My first arena concert was years earlier and it was Porter Wagoner. Now listen, as I got older I certainly can appreciate the talent and abilities of Mr. Wagoner. However, to keep my standing as a card carrying heavy metal rocker in the mid -late 1980's, I stuck with Priest.
I certainly can remember from that Porter Wagoner show that it was very entertaining. Even though I was there as a punishment if I recall, I can remember that I had a good time and something about his red boots? I certainly grew up a heavy metal kid, however as time passed I grew to love and I mean love some good ol' country music. As the depth of my abilities grew on guitar, I started to fear country and bluegrass guitar players. So many of those guys and gals can pick. And while I still will always prefer the ambiguous and mysterious lyrics of my dear old rock and roll, sometimes in life a straight forward lyric song by a country legend is all you need.
I grew up venturing into the heart of bluegrass country several times a year as we went to visit family in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky. I still have a ton of family there and over the years I have been exposed to a lot of talented musicians. I will be forever grateful for that exposure. The honesty of that type of music can be very moving.
No matter what type of music you may be into I urge everyone to get out and enjoy every bit of every genre. Live music is a point in time that can speak directly to you on a very personal level. It takes your mind and lets you travel without ever moving your feet. There are very few things in life that can do that. Enjoy.