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I did... but it was early 80's and he was a coked out mess... It was pretty sad.
So... back in the eighties my Dad was battling alcoholism. He went into rehab and after a week he was allowed to call and talk to us. I'm on the phone with him and he says "I have this English roommate. I think he plays the guitar, his name is Eric something."

Long story short, yes, his roommate was Eric Clapton and on at least one occasion Eric picked up his acoustic guitar and asked my Dad if he'd like to hear a song. My Dad was privately serenaded by Eric Clapton in their "dorm" room in rehab singing "Dear Prudence". My Dad was captivated. I think it was refreshing to Eric that my Dad had no idea who he was. He called my Dad "that short little Irish bast*** from Boston".

Good news is that my Dad remained sober after that experience for the rest of his life. I can't speak for Mr. Clapton.


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Wow,that is some story!...

I haven't been able to go to any concerts this year,or most of last year..

Though many of my favorite female artists I mentioned back at the beginning of the thread have come to Boston,the Casinos in RI & CT,I just haven't had the money and courage to risk traveling that far in my old plow truck..haven't been feeling too good either..poor night vision is another factor,it makes driving risky after dark..

Some women I failed to mention before,I have seen in concert and met many times..

I met Terri Clark a few times,once was at Indian Ranch in Webster MA..
Terri is a very talented vocalist and guitarist..lately,she has teamed up with Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss to do some shows -"The Chicks With Hits" tour..
Pam also teams up with Lorrie Morgan often also to tour..

Terri happens to be ten years younger than I am,but we have the same birth date..
It happened to be "our" birthday the day she performed there..

As I was standing in her autograph line waiting to meet her,one of the ladies I was with piped up and said "Happy Birthday Terri"!..she smiled and said "Thanks so much for remembering!"..then my friend says "Today is bob's birthday too"!..

Terri then leaned over and got a CD from her merchandise table,rips off the plastic wrapper,opens it and signs the liner notes with "Happy Birthday Bob",then she started singing happy birthday in a low sexy voice,like Marilyn Monroe did to JFK back in the 60's..of course I melted,and she must have seen my heart pounding,she stopped and gave me a big hug and I said "This is the happiest birthday I have ever had!"..
Other people in line started laughing and clapping ,I was very happy just to have gotten a chance to see her after the show,I never expected that to happen..

I have gone to see Pam Tillis many times in the past too--she is another wonderful talent,with a very pleasant personality and great sense of humor..

Once at a county fair in Brooklyn CT she performed at,she stayed at her merchandise table to meet fans,I was surprised not more than about 20 people stayed to get an autograph..when I got to talk to her,she said "I remember meeting you at Fan Fair !"..
That was about 18 years prior!..I find it amazing how artists can remember one person,after meeting probably thousands every year..

I got to hang out with her quite a while,she said I'm not in any hurry,hang out with me if you like--I have another show to do in 3 hours,but I would like to get something to eat"..

We ended up talking about 15 minutes,then one of her band members came out of her bus and went and brought her a burger and fries..she asked what I did for work,and I told her I was my elderly mom's caretaker,and I had to be home pretty much 24/7 to watch over her,and it wasn't often I could go to concerts or afford too..

She grabbed a CD from her display and signed it to me & my mom..thought that was very nice of her,and she refused to accept any money....when I saw her about a year later at Twin River Casino in RI,she recognized me right away,and did the same thing!..
I also managed to get to another show she did at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun about 6 months later..

When I met her after that show,I mentioned how much I loved all the artists I had met over the years,and how nice they were to me,and thanked her for being willing to meet with fans..I told her how lucky I felt to have met her,and Kathy Mattea,Suzy Bogguss,and Patty Loveless in the past,and Holly Dunn..

She asked what the artists had done for me to be "so nice"--she just felt it was part of the "job"..--when I told her Rhonda Vincent called me up on the stage at a concert in 2005 and handed me keys to a used car she had bought for me,after reading on her message board how my truck's engine blew two days before her show,she sat down and said "You MUST tell me this story--Rhonda and I are close friends,we "roomed" together when we first came to Nashville!..
So I told her the whole story--by the time I was done,she was tearing up.."That sounds like Rhonda!--she's such a great person.always so upbeat,and willing to help anyone she can"..

Holly Dunn was another great performer I went to see dozens of times from about 1992 to 2001 when she decided to stop touring..I got to know her pretty well too,met her after almost every show she did I could get to..she wrote the song "Daddy's Hands" and had many #1 hits during the 90's...
Sadly,Holly died November 14th,2016,of a rare form of ovarian cancer..
I was devastated when I learned she had cancer--we kept in touch via e-mail ,I would always wish her happy birthday or merry Christmas,and she'd always answer me back..
She was only 59..

Carlene Carter is another great performer I have met many times..like so many other country artists,she likes to interact with fans after the concert...once when I went to see her in a small "dive" bar in Fall River MA I couldn't believe she'd actually be at,it turned out to be one of the best concerts I'd gone too--was seated about 10 feet away ,and it was only $25 to get in!..I think maybe 30 people showed up...after the concert,she invited me and several other fans to sit and share a pizza with her !..

Others I have met were Paullette Carlson, Tammy Cochran,Martina McBride,Michelle Wright (she's a sweetheart !),and Deborah Allen (ditto!),and Sylvia Hutton, who had the song "Nobody" back in the 80's...
Also met The McCarters, Lisa Brokop, Shania Twain (only got a quick "hello" and a autograph ,she was mobbed at Fan Fair),and Stephanie Bentley (she wrote "Breathe" that Faith Hill covered),she should have been a big star...

Also met Lari White twice,who sadly died of ovarian cancer about 2 years ago at age 52..she had a great voice and could really belt out a song..

I have scaled back a lot as far as who to go see the past few years--only the artists I have met are mostly who I'll go see again if possible,with a few exceptions..
I have never seen Alison Krauss in concert,she hasn't done many close enough to my area..I hear she's not fond of "meet & greets",that is discouraging,but she's one of few I'd go see anyways...

I have come a few feet away from meeting Trisha Yearwood and Reba at Fan Fair twice,but the lines got cut off just before I make it to the front!..
Trisha is wonderful in concert,so is Reba..Linda Davis is another I'd like to see,but she doesn't tour any more..

I may go see Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters this fall,when they come to Fall River..they aren't well known,but both are amazing song writers and vocalists..
Gretchen wrote "Independence Day" that Martina topped the charts with,and many other songs other artists covered ,like "Here I Am" by Patty Loveless,and "On A Bus To St. Cloud" that Trisha Yearwood covered..to name but a few..Matraca Berg is another I've never seen live,she wrote dozens of songs that topped the charts in the 90's..


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Still say it's the Dead, but........I never got to actually see Clapton live.
There is no question that the Dead always gave it their all ...we used to go to the Fillmore East on Thursday nights in late '60s very early '70s for $6.50 a ticket and see them...that was a great place for concerts...I don't know how many Dead concerts that I have been to, but a guy who used to sell the company I worked for tires had been to about 175 shows ( that was about 1992...just a few years before Garcia died)...but the number of shows that he attended was not his claim to fame ...but he was proud to tell you that he was on acid for each one...you could tell when you spoke with him
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So... back in the eighties my Dad was battling alcoholism. He went into rehab and after a week he was allowed to call and talk to us. I'm on the phone with him and he says "I have this English roommate. I think he plays the guitar, his name is Eric something."

Long story short, yes, his roommate was Eric Clapton and on at least one occasion Eric picked up his acoustic guitar and asked my Dad if he'd like to hear a song. My Dad was privately serenaded by Eric Clapton in their "dorm" room in rehab singing "Dear Prudence". My Dad was captivated. I think it was refreshing to Eric that my Dad had no idea who he was. He called my Dad "that short little Irish bast*** from Boston".

Good news is that my Dad remained sober after that experience for the rest of his life. I can't speak for Mr. Clapton.
Oh that's funny.. And good job to your dad!

Strange thing.. Ie always really liked Clapton.. But you know I think he does his best work doing lead for others. Inspiring. His solo stuff can be kinda flat to me.. He put out a record a while ago of old Jazz standards that is amazing though!

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Wow, Robert, those are some amazing stories!!!

My best story was when I met The Sundays, in 1990, within a few months of when their first album (Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic) was out in the US.

The first time I heard their first song (Here's Where the Story Ends) on the radio, I thought it was Edie Brickell. I called the radio station (95.5 WBRU), and the DJ said it was The Sundays. I replied, "Like the day of the week, or the ice cream?" After a moment of stunned silence, he replied, "The day of the week." I was at work, and bought the cassette tape version of their album on my way home.

I listened to that thing non-stop, memorizing the whole thing in no time (there were no lyrics in the liner, so some of it was ad-libbed). Within a month, they were playing at The Living Room (Promenade St, Providence), and I was all over that show.

Doors opened at 7, I was one of the first ones there. Being barely 21 at the time, I had no clue that "Doors at 7" and three or more artists on the bill means that the headliner doesn't play until after 11:00. So, I paced myself at the bar, and by the time The Sundays hit the stage, I was ready for action!

They played a great set. I was singing every word of every song, and was dancing around like a madman. I was about 4 people away from the stage, and had a large area around myself (people backing away from my dancing, no doubt).

After the show ended, I wanted to buy a T-shirt, but they were $25, and I only had $18 left. The woman said I could have one for $20, which didn't help me and my $18. I told her not to leave, I'd find an ATM and come right back.

Out to the car, it won't start. Luckily, the bouncers let me back in to use the pay phone to call AAA (this was long before cell phones). AAA laughed and said they'd be there within 2 hours (this was a weekend night, and the bars were all letting out).

So, I told the T-shirt lady she could leave, and she said I could have the shirt for $18. Win #1!!!

Then, knowing I had two hours to kill, I remembered that once in high school, I attended a concert there with a friend to see his cousin's band. We'd gone backstage after the show, which was actually on the opposite side of the venue from the stage.

So, knowing where to go, I walked into the backstage room after getting my Sundays T-shirt, and immediately to the left was a long table with catered food, and a big bouncer standing in front of it. I grabbed a sandwich and a drink, and pretended that I belonged there, walked right over and sat down next to Harriet, who was sitting alone at a table drinking vodka. The guys in the band were sitting at another table.

I did my best to NOT sound like an obsessed uber-fan, and made small talk with Harriet. I told her that they sounded great, and about the dilemna with my car.

After a few minutes, the guys noticed me, and they looked at each other, talking about me, and came over, saying something like: "That's the guy! You were dancing and singing every song!!!"

At that point, I lost it, and was bubbling like a school girl. I told them that I noticed they played everything but the first song on the second side of the tape (I couldn't remember the name of the song). They laughed and said something like "We don't listen to our album, what song was it?"

I told them about the car. They told me that they'd also had some bad luck recently, apparently their equipment was stolen in New York.

Eventually they left, and I waited outside for AAA. When I asked why it was such a long wait in the middle of the night in perfect weather, the guy told me that people would get drunk, and call AAA for a tow and ride home. My car needed a battery, alternator or solenoid (too long ago to remember), so it got towed home.

I still have that Sundays T-shirt somewhere. If I find it, I'll post a pic.

Thinking back, I should have asked them to sign the shirt. I would have used that to try and get backstage the next time I saw them, at the Avalon in Boston in 1997.

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I met a few other artists I forgot to mention earlier--I've met so many, it is hard to keep track,I went thru my photo albums last night and kept saying "on no,I forget this artist,this group,!"..Doah!..

"The Sweethearts Of The Rodeo" ,consisted of Kristine Arnold and Janis Gill (Janis was Vince Gill's wife in the 90's ,but divorced him after he was caught cheating with Amy Grant,his new wife now!)--they are sisters,and a country duo,who had many big hits in the late '80's and early '90's..

They were also two favorites of mine,and a best friend "Randy" I grew up with,we went to several of their concerts,one was held at a Holiday Inn hotel in Peabody MA ,and another at the Attleboro high school,we were quite surprised two top selling artists would bother performing at such tiny venues--but we later learned they did the high school concert to donate the proceeds to the school ,which was in need of repairs and supplies..
I also saw them at the Warwick Musical Theater,when they opened for The Statler Brothers..

(I have story about how I was denied a meet & greet there--after the show I went to the area the artists could rest and eat at,I saw Kristine at the table,she smiled and waved when she saw me,but a security cop blocked my path and said "no admittance,only staff & artists can come here"..

I told him I had a backstage pass,he said "I don't care"..

I said "I just want to go talk to Kristine for a minute"..

He says "They have already left!--they are on a plane back to TN by now".
I looked him in the eye and said "she's right over THERE!--and she was waving for me to come over"!..
"Sorry Sir--I said they left--now GET OUT"..

So I left there feeling bummed and P-O'd...that was the last time they performed anywhere nearby too,and they stopped touring and recording not long afterwards.

I did get a postcard from Kristine a few weeks later,she said she was sorry I did not get allowed to go speak to her,but if they let me do it,then everyone else would have had to been allowed to also,and we were in a big rush to eat and get to the airport that night"..
I felt better after reading that..

My friend and I were in their fan club,and several others too,so we could get backstage passes to meet them after a show,and he gave them many hand made gifts like birdhouses,after he heard one of them (Kristine) say she loved birdhouses on a TV interview,and feeding birds..

Two weeks later my friend Randy got a letter from her,with a photo of his birdhouse hanging outside her home in Nashville..he was elated to see she actually kept & used it..
Holly Dunn also did the same when he gave her one too..

He used to write back to her,and he'd always get an answer,though sometimes it was months before he'd get a reply,due to her being on tour so much..

Sadly my friend died from a heart valve failure in November 1994, after a botched pacemaker installation,he was only 36,and he passed away just a few months after he got that letter..(My other long time best friend died 9 months to the day prior too,in February that year,of heart disease,he was only 36 also.)

I wrote to all the fan clubs Randy & I had joined to tell them the sad news,and Holly Dunn put my letter in her fan club newsletter,with a photo of him posing with her after she had performed at Hunter Mountain NY just a few months prior..

Holly also sent me a personal condolence card,sent from her home address,it wasn't just a "form letter" from the fan club,it came from her personally..I still have it too..

I also got personal condolences from Kristine & Janis,Kathy Mattea,Suzy Bogguss,who we'd met several times after many concerts,they all knew us on a first name basis..

It was rough going to their concerts after he passed away,it felt so surreal ,but all of them took me aside at the meet & greet and gave me hugs and they were moved to tears when they saw me there alone..it was very nice of them to be so supportive and compassionate..they are not just "talented",they are human too,and not afraid to show it..

Another group we liked was "Wild Rose",a "electrified bluegrass" all female band that was just plain amazing,they all were very talented and easy on the eyes..

When I went to Fan Fair in 1992 with Randy,the first time I dared travel more than 150 miles in my old '81 Chevy van,we were delighted to find out they were going to hold a concert at a theater within walking distance of the KOA we camped at..

They blew us away "live",and after the show we tried to meet them,but a big black security guard told us "get lost--no autographs"..

We started walking back to the campground and decided going behind the theater would make the walk much shorter,so we went behind the building..

We then saw their tour bus parked next to the building,and one of the band members was lugging a heavy suitcase to the bus--my friend said "Hey--let's see if I can get a picture of her & the bus at least"..he started taking pictures,and the woman looked at him and said "hey,your going to get in trouble,your not supposed to be back here !"..

My friend said "Oh--sorry,I just wanted to get a picture"..he had a hat on he'd just bought at the concert with the band's name on it,and the woman said--"well,you ain't gonna get a very good picture that far away--c'mon over here !"..

We ended up not only getting pictures of their bus,but all of the band members too,and we even got elected to help carry their gear to the bus!..they were all very nice,but the woman we first met said "we have a LOT of guys stalking us--nothing personal,but we had to hire a few big dudes to keep us safe--some fans really go overboard ya know!"..

We proceeded to tell them how much we liked their songs and ability to play,sing,and how we taped about every show on TNN they were ever featured on..they were very impressed we knew all their names,and asked if we were going to Fan Fair,we said yes,we drove here from MA in hopes of meeting our favorite artists,and this is an unexpected pleasure"..they invited us to visit their booth there,and the next day we were about third in the line to meet them again!..

I met many other artists and celebrities at Fan Fair the 4 times I went in the 90's..

I met Tom T.Hall,he asked if I was related (because my last name is the same!)--I said "I don't think so,but I wouldn't mind at all if we were !"..

One year Maureen McCormic ("Marcia Brady") was there,she had recorded a country album,and I had to meet her,having had a huge crush on her when the Brady Bunch was on TV..she told me "every guy I've met says that"--she also told me some things they said I cant print here !..she still looked great..

Another celebrity that recorded an album was there to promote it too--Crystal Benard!..got to talk to her awhile..

Also met "Goober" (George Lindsay),"Grandpa Jones" from Hee-Haw,who told me his first "gig" was on WBZ in Boston,in the late 1920's,that was where he got nicknamed "Grandpa" because he talked slowly with a drawl..was quite surprised to hear that!..

The General Lee Dodge Charger was on Display there too one year,and "Bo & Luke Duke" and "Uncle Jesse" were there,but I wasn't able to hang around to meet them,the line was a long one,and I had a fan club party to attend..No Daisy Duke though!..

I met Sam & Dave from TNN's "Shade Tree Mechanic" show there also..and several of TNN"s video hosts and staff like Katy Haas,Al Wyntor,Shelly Mangrum,some other artists I met were Linda Davis, Tanya Tucker ,Bobbie Cryner, Patty Loveless,Donna Ulissse,Crook & Chase,Crystal Gayle, and a few dozen lesser known artists too..
Eddie Rabbit walked by when I was posing for a picture with Ronna Reeves,and it was rumored Randy Travis had been spotted walking around also!..

I used up about 10 rolls of 35mm film in one day there !..
It would have been really cool if there was cell phones with cameras back then..

One thing you got when you bought tickets to Fan Fair back then,was several free coupons to various businesses and eateries in Nashville,"star tours" ,bus rides to see the artists homes,and also you could eat for free at the "Chuck Wagon Gang" cowboy style BBQ that would set up there..

One year my mom had gone with me,and we decided to eat at the Chuck Wagon,there was a large tent with tables like a school cafeteria set up,and there was only one table way in the back with a few empty seats..so I had my mom "hold" two seats,and I stood in the line to get the food..

When I came back and sat down,and started to eat,a husky tall guy with a big cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes asked "mind if I sit here"?...my mom said "we don't mind at all"..he thanked us and went about eating,and I couldn't help but notice he looked to be hiding...I kept trying to get a look under his hat,and he saw me looking and said "Please,DON"T yell out my name"!..
"I wont..don't worry--your secret is safe with me"..

I knew who it was..Garth Brooks!..he was not scheduled to attend Fan Fair that year,but decided to drive to Nashville from Oklahoma to surprise his fans!..(and he ended up signing autographs and posing for pictures for 24 straight hours,without even taking a bathroom break I heard later on!)..

My mom was clueless,she didn't really follow music much ,and had no idea who he was..
About 30 seconds later,a girl sitting a few tables away screamed out "OMG--GARTH "!,and started snapping pictures...we were nearly crushed to death when about 100 people flocked over in hopes of getting to meet him..

Another neat encounter I had there was when we were on a shuttle bus heading back to our hotel--a limo pulled up beside us at a stop light..I heard some girls screaming in a car behind it..
The moon roof on the limo opened up,and Terri Clark popped her head out!--one of the girls came running up to the limo,and tossed a cassette tape,Terri caught it,signed it,and tossed it back to her!--I yelled her name and she looked my way,and I snapped a picture of her,and it came out great!..I took it to one of the concerts I went to see her at Indian Ranch,and showed it to her in the meet & greet line-- she said "Wow,I remember that day--I had just won best female vocalist at the TNN awards the night before!"..

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Wow,that is some story!...

I haven't been able to go to any concerts this year,or most of last year..

Though many of my favorite female artists I mentioned back at the beginning of the thread have come to Boston,the Casinos in RI & CT,I just haven't had the money and courage to risk traveling that far in my old plow truck..haven't been feeling too good either..poor night vision is another factor,it makes driving risky after dark..

Some women I failed to mention before,I have seen in concert and met many times..

I met Terri Clark a few times,once was at Indian Ranch in Webster MA..
Terri is a very talented vocalist and guitarist..lately,she has teamed up with Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss to do some shows -"The Chicks With Hits" tour..
Pam also teams up with Lorrie Morgan often also to tour..

Terri happens to be ten years younger than I am,but we have the same birth date..
It happened to be "our" birthday the day she performed there..

As I was standing in her autograph line waiting to meet her,one of the ladies I was with piped up and said "Happy Birthday Terri"!..she smiled and said "Thanks so much for remembering!"..then my friend says "Today is bob's birthday too"!..

Terri then leaned over and got a CD from her merchandise table,rips off the plastic wrapper,opens it and signs the liner notes with "Happy Birthday Bob",then she started singing happy birthday in a low sexy voice,like Marilyn Monroe did to JFK back in the 60's..of course I melted,and she must have seen my heart pounding,she stopped and gave me a big hug and I said "This is the happiest birthday I have ever had!"..
Other people in line started laughing and clapping ,I was very happy just to have gotten a chance to see her after the show,I never expected that to happen..

I have gone to see Pam Tillis many times in the past too--she is another wonderful talent,with a very pleasant personality and great sense of humor..

Once at a county fair in Brooklyn CT she performed at,she stayed at her merchandise table to meet fans,I was surprised not more than about 20 people stayed to get an autograph..when I got to talk to her,she said "I remember meeting you at Fan Fair !"..
That was about 18 years prior!..I find it amazing how artists can remember one person,after meeting probably thousands every year..

I got to hang out with her quite a while,she said I'm not in any hurry,hang out with me if you like--I have another show to do in 3 hours,but I would like to get something to eat"..

We ended up talking about 15 minutes,then one of her band members came out of her bus and went and brought her a burger and fries..she asked what I did for work,and I told her I was my elderly mom's caretaker,and I had to be home pretty much 24/7 to watch over her,and it wasn't often I could go to concerts or afford too..

She grabbed a CD from her display and signed it to me & my mom..thought that was very nice of her,and she refused to accept any money....when I saw her about a year later at Twin River Casino in RI,she recognized me right away,and did the same thing!..
I also managed to get to another show she did at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun about 6 months later..

When I met her after that show,I mentioned how much I loved all the artists I had met over the years,and how nice they were to me,and thanked her for being willing to meet with fans..I told her how lucky I felt to have met her,and Kathy Mattea,Suzy Bogguss,and Patty Loveless in the past,and Holly Dunn..

She asked what the artists had done for me to be "so nice"--she just felt it was part of the "job"..--when I told her Rhonda Vincent called me up on the stage at a concert in 2005 and handed me keys to a used car she had bought for me,after reading on her message board how my truck's engine blew two days before her show,she sat down and said "You MUST tell me this story--Rhonda and I are close friends,we "roomed" together when we first came to Nashville!..
So I told her the whole story--by the time I was done,she was tearing up.."That sounds like Rhonda!--she's such a great person.always so upbeat,and willing to help anyone she can"..

Holly Dunn was another great performer I went to see dozens of times from about 1992 to 2001 when she decided to stop touring..I got to know her pretty well too,met her after almost every show she did I could get to..she wrote the song "Daddy's Hands" and had many #1 hits during the 90's...
Sadly,Holly died November 14th,2016,of a rare form of ovarian cancer..
I was devastated when I learned she had cancer--we kept in touch via e-mail ,I would always wish her happy birthday or merry Christmas,and she'd always answer me back..
She was only 59..

Carlene Carter is another great performer I have met many times..like so many other country artists,she likes to interact with fans after the concert...once when I went to see her in a small "dive" bar in Fall River MA I couldn't believe she'd actually be at,it turned out to be one of the best concerts I'd gone too--was seated about 10 feet away ,and it was only $25 to get in!..I think maybe 30 people showed up...after the concert,she invited me and several other fans to sit and share a pizza with her !..

Others I have met were Paullette Carlson, Tammy Cochran,Martina McBride,Michelle Wright (she's a sweetheart !),and Deborah Allen (ditto!),and Sylvia Hutton, who had the song "Nobody" back in the 80's...
Also met The McCarters, Lisa Brokop, Shania Twain (only got a quick "hello" and a autograph ,she was mobbed at Fan Fair),and Stephanie Bentley (she wrote "Breathe" that Faith Hill covered),she should have been a big star...

Also met Lari White twice,who sadly died of ovarian cancer about 2 years ago at age 52..she had a great voice and could really belt out a song..

I have scaled back a lot as far as who to go see the past few years--only the artists I have met are mostly who I'll go see again if possible,with a few exceptions..
I have never seen Alison Krauss in concert,she hasn't done many close enough to my area..I hear she's not fond of "meet & greets",that is discouraging,but she's one of few I'd go see anyways...

I have come a few feet away from meeting Trisha Yearwood and Reba at Fan Fair twice,but the lines got cut off just before I make it to the front!..
Trisha is wonderful in concert,so is Reba..Linda Davis is another I'd like to see,but she doesn't tour any more..

I may go see Mary Gauthier and Gretchen Peters this fall,when they come to Fall River..they aren't well known,but both are amazing song writers and vocalists..
Gretchen wrote "Independence Day" that Martina topped the charts with,and many other songs other artists covered ,like "Here I Am" by Patty Loveless,and "On A Bus To St. Cloud" that Trisha Yearwood covered..to name but a few..Matraca Berg is another I've never seen live,she wrote dozens of songs that topped the charts in the 90's..
WOW!

And I thought partying on Doug Supernaw's bus, playing songs my old guitar player and I wrote for him (That he loved by the way) and almost taking him 4-wheeling with us was a biggy!

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I remember Doug Supernaw,he had some great songs --"I Don't Call Him Daddy" for one..
I read he's been having rough times lately--hope he makes out OK..

I met Doug Stone at Fan Fair ,he told me he had a heart attack just 2 weeks before !--he had also been in a light plane crash previously (I think he has a pilots licence)...this was when he was just getting popular on the radio & TV,he was only in his 30's..

Paulette Carlson is another artist I met twice,once was at a county fair on Cape Cod.
She was the lead singer for Highway 101...she and I talked a good 15 minutes after her concert,she told me how she and her husband were building a new home in Alaska,and she was trying to learn to run a dozer and drive a semi--she admitted she was not good at shifting ,but she could drive it pretty good otherwise.




Believe me,I never expected to get to meet any of the artists I've mentioned here--it just happened that way..Never dreamed I'd get to meet so many of my favorites,and even become friendly enough with any of them to know me on a first name basis..

I just started going to some concerts,hoped to get a chance to get an autograph or a picture with the performer,and I found that it was the norm,rather than the exception,most of the artists stayed quite some time after the show,until everyone that wanted to meet them could..the exact opposite of most rock bands or artists,that were "big names" in the business..

Some artists required backstage passes only available by joining fan clubs,to limit how long they had to be at a venue,often they had another show 1000+ miles away,and only just enough time to get there driving a bus.. many of the artists I listed above did this during the 90's when their popularity was high,but now they no longer require them,they just meet everyone who wants too in the lobby or a sectioned off area of the venue..

Many country and bluegrass performers are just "real people" like you or I,they have no snooty "celebrity" attitude,and genuinely love their fans,and give back a tremendous amount to them,without looking to get publicity for doing so..
Many people think "it's just an act,so they'll be well thought of"..
I have not found that to be the case at all..

The fact they will hang around after a show to meet fans,says a lot about their upbringing and morals,and they know how much the fans appreciate it..

While there are a few artists who dislike meet & greets and rarely offer a chance to meet them,or feel threatened or are shy about meeting strangers,some also charge extra if you want a meet & greet--for the most part I'd say over 90% of the ones I have met were very outgoing and happy to have so many people in the autograph line after a concert..many would buy CD's and T-shirts,etc, and they made some profit..

I bet many of the venues I went to couldn't afford to pay them big bucks either,they likely were lucky to break even after adding up the cost of fuel,paying the band,and instruments that cost thousands..the merchandise kept them going..
It is evident these artists enjoy what they do,so much so,that they are often willing to perform somewhere they know probably wont be "profitable",but do it for the love of the music and fans..

It would be impossible for me to pick one "best" entertainer,when I have seen so many --they all are "best" in my eyes..

BTW today is Rhonda Vincent's birthday.....of all the people I've met in the music biz,she is the nicest,but she has plenty of competition !..


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ihave been a charlie daniels fan since i was a teenager seen him a few times always a great show

country in her soul but she loves to rock n roll charlie daniels
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BHeen into Rock N Roll forever..
Caught some Beach Boys...some Clapton/ ZZ Top--but far and away--
Janis Joplin-Big Brother and the Holding Co.-in Charleston back in late 60's...Wide open--whole show--drinking "Black Jack' --straight bottle up right ion stage.....
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I hope to see Bruce Springsteen once before I die. I don't care for his politics, but I love his music. I hope to see Steely Dan, Journey, Charlie Daniels, John Cafferty again (he is THAT GOOD), and Marty Stuart again (yeah, he is THAT GOOD too!) I am fortunate that even though I live in a rural area, I am a half hour from 4 different good venues and I check each of them every week to see what is coming up.

I got tickets for my wife and I to see "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" in October and we are VERY MUCH looking forward to that. That should be a fantastic show. I saw that Molly Hatchet was coming to my neck of the woods around the same time, but I did a little internet research on them and decided to save the money. The years have not been kind to them. This summer, we saw Diamond Rio, Sammy Kershaw, Colin Raye, Aaron Tippin, and Michael McDonald with Chaka Kahn. It has been a busy summer. I'm working on my bucket list. Michael McDonald was soooooooooooooo good. Took me back to the early 1970's, the early days of rock music on FM radio when the DJ's played whole album sides with no interruptions.

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I hope to see Bruce Springsteen once before I die. I don't care for his politics, but I love his music. I hope to see Steely Dan, Journey, Charlie Daniels, John Cafferty again (he is THAT GOOD), and Marty Stuart again (yeah, he is THAT GOOD too!) I am fortunate that even though I live in a rural area, I am a half hour from 4 different good venues and I check each of them every week to see what is coming up.

I got tickets for my wife and I to see "The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band" in October and we are VERY MUCH looking forward to that. That should be a fantastic show. I saw that Molly Hatchet was coming to my neck of the woods around the same time, but I did a little internet research on them and decided to save the money. The years have not been kind to them. This summer, we saw Diamond Rio, Sammy Kershaw, Colin Raye, Aaron Tippin, and Michael McDonald with Chaka Kahn. It has been a busy summer. I'm working on my bucket list. Michael McDonald was soooooooooooooo good. Took me back to the early 1970's, the early days of rock music on FM radio when the DJ's played whole album sides with no interruptions.
Yeah the "new" Molly Hatchet is nothing more than old members from the Danny Joe Brown band. There is only one remaining "original" member left on earth and he is in poor health and not playing anymore Steve Holland.

I thought Steely Dan lost it's co-founder a few years back? maybe I am thinking of the Doobie Brothers.

Are you Near Penns Peak? They have GREAT bands. Almost went there to see Travis Tritt a year or so ago.

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I am about equal distance from Penn's Peak (a great venue), The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA, The State Theatre in Easton, PA and Sands casino Event Center in Bethlehem.

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I guess as far as what the best venue in my area is for architecture and acoustics, it would be the State Theatre in Easton, PA. It is a classic art deco theater from the 1920's. It benefited from a $5 million dollar renovation in the 1980's. I heard that boxing champ Larry Holmes kicked in over a million of his own money. We saw Kathy Mattea there years ago, and in the middle of the show, they unplugged and did a totally acoustic set. I saw George Burns there in the 1980's. The theater is EXTREMELY well maintained, it literally sparkles. All four venues have good (and bad) entertainment all year long. It is one of the benefits of being sorta between NY and Philly. I forgot to mention that we also saw Ronnie Milsap this summer at Penn's Peak. And this spring we saw Neil McCoy, Mark Chesnutt and Joe Diffy all on the same night at Penn's Peak. Neil McCoy puts on a great show!

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Oh Yeah, Steely Dan did lose one of its founding members. That is one of the reasons my wife and I have been to so many shows in the past few years. Bill Medley is in his 80's, Ronnie Milsap is 76, Three Dog Night has only 2 original members and they are in their 70's. The Moody Blues tour last year celebrated the 50th anniversary of the "Days of Future Passed" album, so the 3 original members have to be in their mid 70's. We saw Kenny Rogers farewell tour in Dec, 2017 and it was sad to see a frail old man struggle to sing. It is already happening that many of the great bands and performers of my youth are retired, sick or dead, (I'm retired and sick, but dead yet!) and so the only option left for a live concert is a "tribute" band. I have nothing against tribute bands, but I want to see as many originals as I can. If you think about it, any orchestra that plays Bach or Beethoven is a "tribute" band, right? And we will probably plan on watching recreations of Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

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