A Word from Cheryl:

Thank you for visiting my Concert Review Blog. I have enjoyed attending, photographing and writing about a variety of concerts over the past several years. I hope that my reviews and photos have made you feel like you were right there with me.

At this time in my life I've taken a step back, looked at what’s truly important and have begun to prioritize my time, energy and resources.

I retired from nursing in 2012 and was then able to be with my aging father, who later passed away in June, 2013.

My family is growing dramatically! We now have eight grandchildren and I take every opportunity to be available to help when needed. I also make sure I carve out plenty of time for my husband so that he knows how important he is to me.

Because of this I don't attend many concerts anymore. I try to be selective in choosing a show and do my best to relax and enjoy the experience. I no longer stress about getting the perfect photo or remembering some occurrence so I can write about it.

If you want to view a collection of some of my favorite photos from the past several years you may find them here:
Cheryl's Pearls Photos - Concerts

Thanks again for visiting my site.

May God Bless,

Monday, March 30, 2009

Randy Travis - Ft. Worth, Texas

My husband and I were recently in Texas to visit our son and daughter-in-law and take in the sights. After an evening at the Rodeo in the Stockyards of downtown Fort Worth we left the Cowtown Coliseum and went around the corner to Billy Bob's Texas where we heard Randy Travis was going to perform. When we walked in I was overwhelmed with the noise and flashing lights of pinball machines, the press of people crowded around pool tables and bar stools, and the couples moving on and off the dance floor. The place was enormous! We finally wound our way around to the roped off section where rows of tables were set up in front of the stage. Our tickets were checked and we were escorted to our seats just in time to see Randy Travis and his band take the stage.

Randy was wearing his best "Aw shucks, ya'll" demeanor and that million dollar smile of his as he sang many hits and crowd favorites throughout the evening. Having just appeared on American Idol with Carrie Underwood two days before, Randy related the following story: Two teenage girls met him backstage and said how much they loved seeing him on the show singing Carrie's song, "I Told You So." A young man next in line corrected the girls saying, "I believe that's your song, isn't it Randy?" "Things like that will keep ya humble" Randy declared as he proceeded to sing his song "I Told You So" (originally released in 1988) resulting in a standing ovation.

Among the many songs performed that night, applause resounded for past hits like "Diggin Up Bones," "Three Wooden Crosses," "He Walked On Water," "Deeper Than the Holler," "King of the Road," "On the Other Hand" and the classic, "Forever and Ever, Amen." Randy moved effortlessly from one song to the next, occasionally stopping to embellish with a joke or story.

At the end of the show Travis remained on stage at least 15 minutes signing autographs and shaking the hands of faithful fans who squeezed their way to the front to say thanks for the music.

I'm so glad we had the opportunity to experience Randy Travis in concert at Billy Bob's Texas.